Fethiye, the ancient Telmessos, is today a very pleasant town with a large esplanade. It is not solely tourist-focused but a thriving city in its own right. It is teeming with visitor services as well as shops catering to the needs of everyday life.
The adjacent, smaller towns of Hisarönü, Öludeniz and Çalis are also lively, with beaches, plentiful accommodations and holiday excitement. Dramatic mountains nearby offer fantastic exploring opportunities for those interested in Turkey’s ancient history.
Of note to visitors, is an open vegetable and fish market very close to the Fethiye marina walk. The restaurants surrounding the fish mongers will take your selection and prepare it to order.
Fethiye is surrounded by Lycian rock-carved tombs, some of which are worth a visit for the view alone. There is a medieval castle on a high bluff and Lycian sarcophagus in the town center.
Fethiye has three marinas, plus the municipal harbour. For anchoring, the best location is at the western end of the bay, where 10-15m are possible from the boatyards and eastward to Ece Saray Marina. Shelter is good except east, although the pontoons of Ece Saray Marina give protection. Fethiye is a Port of Entry for Turkey with a myriad of yachting facilities.