Culture and History
It is supposed that Fethiye, often mentioned as “the untouched virgin of the Land of Lights," was founded in the 5th century B.C. The town that was previously recognized as Telmessos used to be one of the most significant domestic areas of Lycia.
Additionally, Fethiye was also an epicenter of prognostication and one of the most civilized cities of the Roman and Byzantine eras.
The city, which acquired the name Meğri after its subservience to the Ottomans in 1424, was retitled as Fethiye in commemoration of martyr pilot Fethi Bey in 1934.
Fethiye has faced numerous earthquakes. Last massive ones date to 1957 and 1961, with 67 victims and 3200 smashed buildings. The city has been restructured since then and in the present it has a prevailing harbor.
Fethiye is one of Turkey's distinguished vacationer centers and is particularly popular during the summer. During the last decade Fethiye has turned out to be an allurement for British citizens.
Do not slip the venture to discover this crossing of paradise on earth!
The antique city is practically like an open-air museum with an extensive array of archaeological sites and it charms the visitors with its historical testaments.
The mountainous Tlos near Fethiye gives remarkable sights over the Xanthos Valley. Roman and Lycian wrecks amalgamate here with mountain village life. No visit to Tlos is perfect without a stopover for a beverage or food at the Original Yaka Park. Hire a car and it would take about 50 minutes to reach here from Fethiye. Tlos surely deserves 2 or 3 hours of your time.
Once you've traversed the extraordinary Tlos ruins in their picturesque backdrop, an outing to Fethiye Museum will demonstrate to you some of the finds from the Roman statues that were newly excavated there. The museum is only small but it's well worth a couple of hours of your time specifically during the rain.
Lycian Rock Tombs:
Pull just a tad to hike up to the Lycian rock tombs in Fethiye. Lucidly evident in the rock faces, that oversee Fethiye center and the entire bay, are the awe-inspiring Lycian Rock Tombs. These decorative temple-style places have been hand-carved into the rock as the final sleeping abode for the personages of the local Lycian society.
Refresh yourself with a frosty cold Efes Pilsen when you come back down into Fethiye.
Kadyanda Ancient City:
This 2500-year-old city unlocked its doors to the visitors 10 years back. The town is located at a distance of 24km from Fethiye and features the Agora Temple, Roman Baths and Hellenistic theatre.
Other historic evidences to augment to the list include the Lycian sarcophagus, Afkule and the Cave Tombs.