Visitors to this area are tempted by the usual activities..from Paragliding from Babadag to Sea Kayaking around the Seven Capes. There are many other 'hidden treasures' in Fethiye and the surrounding areas. Fethiye offers more than sea-sand-sun to visitors as it possesses much more 'beautiful features' than the rest of the world. Have a look at some of of the 'alternative activities' we have on offer....
A fun and exhilarating day out to suit all levels of experience. Cycle along quiet backroads and farm tracks, follow coastal roads with views of the sparkling sea, cycle through pine forests, access the hidden gems the area has to offer. Wherever you choose to go the scenery is spectacular and the you meet along the way are helpful and friendly.
Bikes are available to hire in Fethiye and a number of cycle routes are included in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry guide to Fethiye Alternative Tourism Activities.
Because of the variation in altitude from sea level to 3000m, Fethiye possesses a large variety of ecosystems providing extraordinary opportunities for bird watchers and those interested in botany.
Visit Calis Nature Park Birds' Heaven which plays host to about 218 species of birds or Karaot Wetlands, Yaniklar where there are approximately 90 species.
You can purchase a copy of Walking and Birdwatching in South West Turkey by Paul Hope from www.amazon.co.uk
Fethiye offers plenty of opportunities for keen botanists. Turkey has about 13000 species of plants of which 3500 are endemic. The best example for the abundance of biological variety is Babadag. Among the plants discovered there 40 are endemic species existing only in Turkey; of these 4 species exist only at Babadag.
From the ruins of Kayakoy to the vibrant market Of Fethiye, the area is exceptionally picturesque. Shoot stunning panoramas of the Turquoise Coast aboard a daily boat trip. Shoot portraits of the locals; chefs, shoe shiners, kite surfers at Calis, fishermen mending their nets* There are many species of plants in the area, ideal if you like macro photography. The list is endless!
*please ask permission before taking photographs of the locals, especially in the outlying villages.
Oludeniz has,without doubt, one of the most beautiful settings in Turkey. Bright golden sands end in a teardrop beach protecting an azure lagoon. This, in turn, is sheltered by a backdrop of fragrant, pine clad mountains. The simple activity of "creating art" has been understood to have therapeutic properties and what better way to relax than capturing the beautiful scenes around the area in a painting or drawing? Art materials are available to purchase in Fethiye.
Turkish Bath (Hamam)
The Hamam in the centre of Fethiye is more than 400 years old and was built at the same time as the Old Mosque. It is located in Paspatur known as 'Old Town'. Enjoy a visit to this traditional Turkish Bath, work your way from warm, to hot, to an enjoyable furnace. Then have a body scrub, to clean your body. It will never be so clean again!!! No, it does not take your suntan off. If anything you should use the Turkish Bath around the first to the third day of your stay, so your tan will develop a lot better and stay longer.
Your skin feels great afterwards too!!
Get Treated Like A King – Visit a Barber!!
Turkish barbers are known worldwide for their shaving skills. The traditional Turkish shave is refreshing, hydrating and very exfoliating to help prevent ingrown hairs which are often caused by disposable razors. It's a relaxing experience that only takes 20 minutes to complete.
To tell you any more will spoil the experience!
Just inland from the main port area and east of the ancient amphitheater is Fethiye’s old town, known as Paspatur. The narrow streets here are filled with shops and street stalls selling everything from Turkish carpets, jewelry and antiques to edible goodies like spices and Turkish delight; there are also touristic knick-knacks aplenty.
Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, Paspatur is a great place for wandering around and people-watching, or for getting a bite to eat at one of the many cafés and eateries. Thanks to a canopy of vines above, its shaded streets are pleasant even during the height of summer.
While you’re in the area, you may also want to stop by the Eski Cami, Fethiye’s oldest mosque, or the Eski Hamam, a Turkish bath dating back to the Ottoman period, for a traditional scrub down.
Erasta Shopping & Lifestyle Centre
Fethiye provides a wonderfully varied shopping experience however, on a hot summers day you might not feel up to 'combatting the heat'. The Erasta Shopping & Lifestyle centre is the place for you! Opened in 2014, the centre is well-designed, has a layout on 2 floors that includes a variety of shops to suit all tastes (some are different to the ones in Fethiye), a cinema and various cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious iced coffee or even a meal.
Erasta Fethiye is on Oludeniz Caddesi, next to Fethiye Otogar
If you enjoy shopping in open markets Fethiye is the place for you. Visit the Tuesday Market and marvel at the array of fresh fruit and veg before strolling around the hundreds of clothes, shoes, sunglasses stalls. Try Gozleme (Turkish Pancake) with a freshly squeezed fruit juice or cay (Turkish tea).There are markets almost every day in the Fethiye area. Click here for further details.