Once the Lycian settlement of Telmessos, Fethiye is
a lively port and market town where Turkish life and tourism exist
side by side. Along the pretty waterfront you can watch the traditional
wooden gullets, motor launches and fishing boats.
The old port area 'paspatur' is named after the cold-water
spring, which flows, into the pool here. At present the Paspatur square
has grown and expanded, with restaurants overshadowed by vine and ivy, bars and discotheques;
as well as shops selling anything from aromatic herbs to 'designer'
clothes. Jewelry is a particular favourite of the owners'!
Looming above the town, the famous rock tomb of King
Amyntas is visited by many every year. Taxi drivers will be happy
to take you and wait while you take photos and enter the tomb.
The “ghost town” of Kayakoy dates back
to the 13th century and up until 1922 had a population of 25,000.
After the war of independence, the Greek population were repatriated
and their old houses left to the elements. Kayakoy is now an open-air
museum and there is a civil project underway to turn it into a village
of 'peace and friendship'.
Pillar Tombs at Xanthos
The ruins of Xanthos, once the capital of Lycia, lie in the valley of the River Xanthos.
Lycia has been called 'the oldest republic in the world'. The most notable monuments of Xanthos, its pillar
tombs, have no parallel either in Greek or in Oriental art. They first appear in the
sixth century B.C. and disappear from the scene in the middle of the fourth century.
Pieri Rapos, Euglapia Quadripunctia, Danaus Chtsippus and others...
Butterfly Valley is at the bottom of deep and sharp of a Valley, which is one
of the most beautiful bays around Fethiye. Starting springtime for about 9-10 months
more than 40 kinds of butterflies can be seen.