Fethiye



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Fethiye
The area suits those with a preference for a town base, a scenic harbour, authentic atmosphere and plenty of history. Popular with sailing enthusiasts. If beaches are a priority, Çalis (3 mls) or Olu Deniz (9 mls) might be preferable. Accommodation consists of dozens of small, good-quality budget pensions and hotels line the streets, many around the harbour area. A dozen middle-order tourist hotels. Two smart out-of-town village-style clubs with plenty of amenities, reached by way of steep, winding, scenic roads. There are no sandy beaches in resort itself. Nearest options are Çalis Beach (3 mls) and picturesque Olu Deniz (9 mls); see separate resort descriptions. There are several sights of archaeological and historical interest, including sarcophagi, temples, a tower and a ruined fortress of the Knights Templar. Sailing and fishing trips; yachting; museum. Turkish baths and massage which tend to be the most popular activities and entertainment in the area. Nightlife offers a good choice of bars and cafes; karaoke bars, a number of seasonal discos/nightclubs and music bars (which may be closed outside of peak season). The larger hotels provide their own evening entertainment, usually involving a belly dancer. Local excursions tend to be based around the archaeological interest in the area: Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara, Patara, Tlos, Sidyma, Candiada and Karmilassos are accessible sites which should keep the most ardent history buff entertained. Twelve island boat cruises; Marmaris; Dalyan turtle beach; various jeep safaris around the mountain ranges. A deserted Greek town at Kaya Koyu, near Olu Deniz (home of the most famous beach in Turkey).