PLACES TO SEE

Ölüdeniz / Blue Lagoon

Ölüdeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterrenean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and building is strictly prohibited. Ölüdeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, and is an official blue flag beach, and is frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travellers and tourism journals alike. The resort is also famous for its paragliding opportunities. It is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and the Babadağ Mountain's exceptional height.

Butterfly Valley

In Fethiye, Öludeniz Region; lying in the foothills of Babadağ Mountain -nominated to be preserved as world heritage because of the endemic species it shelters-; The Butterfly Valley attracts and amazes the travellers, artists and nature lovers from all over the world, with its genuine geographical structure, fauna, flora, natural treasures, and organic farming. Valley can only be reached by sea and construction within the Valley is prohibited by law. This renders the preservation of the virgin territory possible, to an extent. Butterfly Valley draws the attention of not only domestic and international tourists, but also the national and international environmental and ecological organizations and scientists.

Saklikent (Hidden City) Gorge

Saklikent Gorge is the second-largest (20 km-long) gorge in Europe, the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey, about a 40 minutes' drive from Fethiye.  It is a spectacular place, with sculpted walls soaring high above. 4 km. of the gorge is walkable after April when most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River.  Summer is the best time to visit as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with cold water.

The Lycian Way

The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey. It is 500 km long and stretches from Fethiye to Antalya, around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. It is waymarked with red and white stripes, the Grande Randonnee convention. The Sunday Times has listed it as one of the world's top ten walks. It takes its name from the ancient civilisation which once ruled the area. The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses. It is recommended that you walk the route in spring or autumn; February-May or September-November. Summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; mostly limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.

Gemile Island

KFollowing the road leading from Kaya Köyü, descend to the beautiful Gemile Beach, surrounded by pine and olive trees. Gemile Bay faces St Nicholas Island where the Byzantine ruins of a monastery lie tucked among the olive trees. A Japanese team has carried out archaeological excavations at intervals over the past 10 years and confirmed that this is the once residence of St Nicholas.

Tlos

Located 28 km. from Fethiye, Tlos is one of the oldest residential areas of Lycia and one of the few cities that continued its existence up to the 19th Century. Tlos is known as "the sports centre" of the Lycian Federation and was the home of the mythological winged horse, Pegasus, and his hero Bellorophonte.  An Acropolis, the temple type tomb of Bellorophonte, the Stadium, the Roman Bath complex (with its great views), and amphitheatre, are some of the structures that remain quite well preserved. The nearby trout farms are an oasis on a hot summer days, serving delicious lunches.