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Fethiye / Oludeniz

Fethiye / Oludeniz

Tucked into the southern reaches of an appealing broad bay, Fethiye is a very old town with few old buildings. An earthquake in 1958 leveled it and left only tombs from the time when Fethiye was called Telmessos (400 BC). It’s an incredibly relaxed place despite its size, often visited at the beginning or end of a gullet cruise. Day trips to the Island of Rhodes can be made everyday during the summer months.

Fethiye’s inner bay is an excellent natural harbour, protected from storms by an island, Şövalye Adası; the much larger outer bay has 11 more islands. About 15km south is Ölüdeniz, one of Turkey’s seaside hot spots, and the Fethiye region has many interesting sites to explore, including the ghost town of Kayaköy (Karmylassos), just over the hill.

Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea), about 15km southeast of Fethiye, is not devoid of life like its biblical namesake. Rather, it’s a sheltered lagoon hidden from the open sea. The scene as you come down from the pine-clad hills is absolutely beautiful: in the distance open sea, in the foreground a long spit of sandy beach. Many of the more adventurous type, try their hand at tandem Para-gliding

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