Information & Facts
Fethiye is home to several remarkable ancient sites. The most
conspicuous are the Lycia rock tombs dating from the 4th century BC
carved in the hillside above the town. The Fethiye Museum is also
highly regarded for its collections of ancient artefacts. Beside
the Fethiye harbour is the Roman amphitheatre and the crumbling
remains of a medieval castle built by the Knights of St John.
Gulets (sturdy wooden yachts) can be hired in Fethiye's harbour for
day trips around these coastal waters. The beach resort of Oludeniz
is just 25 minutes away by dolmus (the local minibuses) and offers
numerous activities, including parasailing, pedaloes, banana
boating, diving, snorkelling water-skiing; and most famously
paragliding. Butterfly Valley and Kabak are nearby canyons that
both feature good hiking and waterfalls.
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
A lack of signs in the city make it difficult to find points of
Much of the nightlife in Fethiye is hosted by resorts and
hotels. The Paspatir old town has a number of bars and clubs
ranging from traditional Turkish music to live cabaret and discos,
while the Belcegiz Beach promenade has a few loud clubs. There are
also two cinemas in town.
There is a good selection of restaurants on the harbour front
and in the narrow streets of the old town with an emphasis on local
cuisine, though you'll find plenty of English-style eateries as
well. La Cantana Pesa Kebab is a popular restaurant with
reasonably-priced dinners, and Cafe Genis is a great spot for
people-watching. There are several good wine houses which offer a
selection of local varietals.
The Tuesday bazaar is the biggest in the area and is a must for
bargain hunters. In the town centre there craft shops making
everything from carpets and kilims, lace and leather goods, and the
gold shopping presents opportunities for good deals. Be prepared to
haggle, but be wary of touts who try to sell you antiques, which
are illegal to export.