Located on the Gulf of Göcek, on the southwest coast of Turkey, Fethiye is a busy market town with an idyllic setting that draws vast numbers of visitors all year round. The town was known as Telmessos to its ancient inhabitants, and a fort built by the mediaeval Knights of Rhodes still stands as testimony to its fascinating past.
Fethiye also boasts a large, bustling marina which lends the town a contemporary, exclusive atmosphere, as well as some stunning beaches to bask on. Meanwhile the impressive mountains close to the sea in nearby Oludeniz provide excellent take-off points for scenic paragliding.
The nearest international airport to Fethiye is Dalaman Airport, which is around 55km away, and connects to several cities across Europe.
There are a large number of taxis and pre-bookable transfer companies that will take you to your accommodation.
If you happen to be travelling from Greece, from mid-June through August there is a direct ferry service between Fethiye and the Greek island of Rhodes.
The weather in Fethiye is mild all year round. The best time to visit is between the months of May and October when average temperatures hover around the 25C mark. In the months of July and August temperatures often climb above 30C, so those who do not enjoy excessive heat may want to avoid this period.
Winters in Fethiye see average temperatures of 11C, with the months of January and February being the coldest, dipping to 10C. The period between November and February sees the wettest weather, with most of the region’s rain falling in December and January.
There are no beaches in the centre of Fethiye, though there is a pretty waterfront promenade leading past the fishing harbour and marina that makes for pleasant evening strolls. The nearest beach is Çalis Beach, which stretches west for over 4km, lined by hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. The best beach in the area is 15km away at the beautiful lagoon of Oludeniz.
Away from the beach, you can wander round the town and along the waterfront to admire the colourful fishing boats, million-dollar yachts, and traditional wooden-built gulets. The historic Ottoman town centre, Paspatur, is a lively pedestrianised area with excellent shopping, charming cafes and a historic hamam which offers Turkish baths and massages. The huge Tuesday market in Fethiye is worth visiting for its atmosphere alone, even if you choose not to buy anything.
Behind the town, nestled in the cliffs, is a Roman amphitheatre and several impressive rock tombs along the ancient Lycien Way that make for fascinating sight-seeing opportunities. Tours of the famous Lycien Way can be booked through the Carole and Tayfun Tours and Travel Agency, which has many years experience in holiday activities.
For families with children, Fetihye is pretty limited in terms of activities, though one popular attraction is the small waterpark, Sultans' Aquacity, located in Çalis Beach.
Fethiye has some excellent local restaurants, with many of them to be found in the Paspatur area. There are also several on the waterfront near the marina. Among the best is Yat, which has live Turkish music and belly dancing during the summer months.
By night, Paspatur comes to life with a range of bars and clubs such as the Ottoman and Car Cemetery Bar offering dancing, cocktails and chillout rooms. There are also a couple of big open-air discos – Disco Marina, near the yacht harbour, and Yes!, on Cumhuriyet Caddesi.
Further afield, Fethiye is the southern starting point for Turkey's famous Blue Cruises along the Mediterranean coast. Other popular activities and excursions include snorkelling and diving, and day trips by hydrofoil to the Greek island of Rhodes.