Sitting on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, Fethiye is rich in historic sites, including Lycian tombs and sarcophagi. Known for its incredible blue waters, dramatic carvings hewn into rocky cliffs and tranquil lagoons, the lively city is a popular stop for superyacht charters sailing the Turquoise Coast. With a perfect combination of exclusive resorts and friendly locals, the city maintains the ambience of a Turkish seaside town. The markets are popular with locals and tourists alike for fresh fish and Turkish Delight, and the beautiful square is filled with charming cafes. Wandering through here you will quickly be invited in to drink strong Turkish coffee, it is said the coffee grounds will reveal your future. Private yacht hire is the ideal way to explore the incredible blue waters and sheltered beaches of the coast, a must for any traveller with a taste for adventure.
Key Cruising Areas: Situated perfectly in the centre of the Turquoise Coast, there are many lovely ports to visit east or west of Fethiye. There is excellent sailing to be found in the gulf around the Twelve Islands of Fethiye.
Don’t Miss: Fethiye is famous for its markets, which are held every day of the week except Monday. Head to the bustling outdoor stalls to see fresh produce, colourful textiles and piles of fragrant spices. Make like a local and barter hard, pick up some fish to take back to your yacht where the onboard chef will prepare a custom meal for you.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: Food is a huge part of Turkish life. In every street you will find cafes and restaurants overflowing with pastries, fragrant spiced fish and delicious breads. The waterfront offers a selection of upmarket choices, for a special evening try the Yacht Roof hotel for excellent food complimented by spectacular harbour views.
Local Culture: The old town of Paspatur is a great place to spend an afternoon. With ancient landmarks just around the corner – the impressive amphitheatre is just a stone’s throw away – this is the place to experience the authentic Turkish atmosphere. Head to the Old Turkish Bath for a traditional spa, the oldest in Fethiye.
Best Beach: Oludeniz has become one of the most iconic resorts of the area. The curved white beach is lapped by calm, impossible blue water with views out to the green-hilled peninsula. With lovely cafes or 5-star restaurants to dine at, choose an outside seat and soak in the views as the sun dips, silhouetting the paragliders that fill the sky.
IYC recommends: After a morning perusing the stalls at the bustling market, step aboard your yacht to unwind exploring the coves and beaches of the coast. Sail to the enclosed gulf of Skopea Limani, anchor in a secluded bay surrounded by pines. Spend the afternoon snorkelling, sunbathing and taking the onboard water toys for a spin before retiring to the aft deck to sip cocktails as the skies turn pink in the setting sun.
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