The Turkish seaside town of Fethiye is sometimes overshadowed by cosmopolitan regions like Bodrum and Antalya, but this is also a blessing for those who seek the idyllic qualities of the Mediterranean without as much bustle as is found in larger townships.
The modern town of Fethiye is built on the same site as the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos, and there are a number of ancient remnants dating back two millennia integrated into the infrastructure, including the stunning amphitheater located across from the yacht marina, as well as the Tomb of Amyntas dating to 350 B.C. With an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day annually and enough rainfall to ensure lush greenery in the nearby hills and mountains, Fethiye is an ideal spot for a primary or secondary investment property.
The town itself is a 12 month working town and remains active in the winter months. There is a popular promenade, large marina, and a very popular ‘’fish market’’ featuring numerous Turkish taverna-style restaurants, all within walking distance of one another.
Not nearly as pricey as the Aegean resort of Bodrum, Fethiye has both a mid-range and a luxury housing market. The mid-range market is popular with British ex-pats and Europeans, and generally encompasses the area within the town’s borders. In the nearby hillsides are luxury properties with generous acreage and stunning westward-facing sea views of the Mediterranean, with the nearby Greek Island of Rhodes visible on clear days. There are a number of islands in the gulf of Fethiye with custom built mansions, some with their own private jetties. Just 20 minutes north of Fethiye is the yachting hub of Göcek, with super and mega yachts favoring it as a starting or ending port for the popular Turkish Blue Cruise.
Outdoor activities abound in the vicinity of Fethiye, with nearby Babadağ Mountain being an extremely popular hang-gliding destination for thrill seekers. History buffs and nature lovers swoon over the abandoned ghost town of Kayaköy, the once booming, ethnically diverse town featured in the excellent novel ‘’Birds Without Wings’’ by Louis de Bernières, which is only a few kilometers from the center of Fethiye. A pleasant drive south is the Saklıkent Gorge, an 18 kilometer canyon with rushing cold waters from the mountains, even on the warmest of August days. At the mouth of the gorge are traditional village food sellers and it’s possible to go tubing down the waterway. Also nearby are the extensive remains of the ancient city of Tlos, and there are a number of wine-tasting tavernas scattered in the region.
Scuba diving, sailing and hiking the Lycian Way are other popular outdoor activities based out of Fethiye.
Just a few minutes from Fethiye is the Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz, the picturesque protected inlet with aquamarine colored waters and protected beaches. There is also a summer ferry to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes.
Fethiye is only 30 minutes from the international airport of Dalaman and the highway is in excellent condition with picturesque views.