- Altitude: Sea level.
- Airport: Dalaman (DLM), 55Km from city center.
- Resorts: Gocek, Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu.
- Transport: Taxi, Coach, Mini-Bus, Rent-a-Car.
- Local Sights:
· Lycean Rock Tombs.
Fethiye is a popular resort of great charm and beauty. The houses of the old town look down on the little port from a hill crowned with a fortress built by the Knights of Rhodes. At Fethiye (ancient Termessos), there are more than twenty impressive rock tombs cut out of the steep rock wall above the town. These are elaborately carved and an especially remarkable; one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC built in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places in the city are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower.
The new town of Fethiye is a very Turkish port and trading town on the SW Mediterranean coast.
Fethiye is within easy reach of the popular Calis beach and Sovaliye Island opposite the town. In May, basking under a warm sun, it is not unusual to see the snow capped peaks of the mountains in the distance to the east and south.
Oludeniz, which is considered the most beautiful beach in Turkey is nearby. Some people like to stay in Fethiye town, others in Hisaronu or Ovacik, because of the cooler weather, whereas sun worshippers will want to stay in Oludeniz.
Ölüdeniz (ur-LEW-deh-neez, "dead" or calm, sea"), only 8.5 km (5.3 miles) south of Fethiye over the mountains, is big enough to handle the crowds of swimmers and sunbathers, but not always the number of cars and buses that cram the narrow access road.
Paragliders leap from nearby mountaintops, soaring and floating above the beach and the sea, finally landing right on the beach. Tandem paragliding, where two people fly together in the same harness, is very popular.
The fertile alluvial plain behind the beach is now filled with small hotels, pensions and restaurants, and any further expansion has been relegated to the nearby hilltop towns of Ovacik and Hisarönü.
The beach takes its eerie name from the secluded lagoon at the beach's western end by the Hotel Meri. Protected by hills and entered by a narrow channel, the lagoon is calm during even the worst storms.
The Lycian Way, a 500-km (311-mile) rustic footpath, starts in Fethiye and wanders through the hills, descending to Ölüdeniz before ascending again above Kidrak and Faralya, passing the head of Butterfly Valley and the access road to the Tohum Eco-Center before wandering southeastward toward Patara and, ultimately, Antalya.
If you plan only a short stay at Ölüdeniz beach before moving on, you might want to stay in Fethiye, where prices tend to be lower, and take one of the frequent minibuses to Ölüdeniz for the day.
There are numerous activities on the beach i.e.-water ski-ing, snorkelling, scuba diving, Para sailing, banana boat, pedalo's, canoes, in fact something for everyone.
You will find there is a good number of bars and restaurants along the front of Olu Deniz and in the various roads leading from the beach. Here you can have anything your heart desires, from a Kebab to a three-course meal. In the evening the bars offer a variety of different music and entertainment.
Olu Deniz has also become something of a Mecca for Paragliding, and enthusiasts come from all over the world to take part in the sport. Towards the end of the season, usually around October time there is a big Paragliding competition, which is worth seeing as there are numerous Para gliders in the air at the one time. It is possible for anyone to take a Tandem flight with an experienced pilot from the top of Babadag Mountain, landing on the beach at Olu Deniz, an experience not to be missed.
Oludeniz consists of two parts: First part is Belcekiz or Belcegiz which lies too long through the bay to the lagoon. This part is the wavy part of Oludeniz . The second part is the real Oludeniz with the lagoon inside. This part is the calm and shallow part.
All along the Belcekiz beach, -a bit more expensive- you can find everything to eat and drink. The bars and restaurants are everytime ready for your service. The place which is called the Blue Lagoon is a National Park, which is fee-payed passing. Again, there are lots of things to eat, drink, and again, full of entertainment like water sports and beach volley.