Fethiye, which is one of the oldest centres of population in the Lycian Gulf, is founded within a natural bay on the south west of Turkey. The history of Fethiye goes beyond the 5th century B.C. when at that time the town was known Telmessos (the country of light). Telmessos now known as Fethiye was a crowded and busy port of the Lycian Federation being at a distance of 67 kms from the capital, of Xanthos. At the centre there is featured a huge amphitheatre together with numerous Lycian tombs. Around which were several temples, dedicated to Apollo, Leto and Artemis and, now take pride of place. Following on from the Lycian Federation, Telmessos came under the control of the Byzantium Empire, after which followed the Menteseogullari Seigniory and the Ottoman Empire respectively. Telmessos, previously known as “Megri” in Ottoman times, was finally named Fethiye in 1934 in the memory of Fethi Bey, one of the first Turkish pilots.
Today Fethiye finds itself at the centre of most developed of the Turkish touristic regions on the Aegean coast. Marmaris and Bodrum one side of the Fethiye and Antalya and Alanya the other. Taking everything into account, its unique natural habitat and weather together with its beautiful gulf and numerous bays; this resort area of Fethiye should be much higher on the holiday makers’ priority list. However, with the completion of the Gocek tunnel in 2006, the transit between these popular areas has improved dramatically and has accelerated tourism to Fethiye area.
We, who are not supportive of the All-Inclusive system of accommodation will strive to ensure that you have a sunset walk at Calis Beach, have time to enjoy an icy cold beverage at one of the cafes and bars along the promenade both here or in the marina area of Fethiye.
Fethiye waits for you…