Fethiye 12 Islands
Fethiye is one of Turkey’s well-known tourist centres and is especially popular during the summer.
Many travellers sign up for the 12-Island Tour, a boat trip around Fethiye Bay. The boats stop at six islands and cruise by the rest. Hotels and agencies sell tickets or you can negotiate a price with the boat companies around the tourist office at the marina. The normal tour (Fethiye Körfezi) visits Yassıcalar (Flat Island) for a stop and a swim, then Tersane Island for a dip in the turquoise waters and a visit to the ruins, followed by Akvaryum (Aquarium) for lunch, a swim and a snorkel. Cennet Köü (Paradise Bay) is next for a dip, followed by Klopatra Hamamı (Cleopatra’s Bath), and finally Kızıl Ada (Red Island) with its beach and mud baths.
Ölüdeniz Beach, Fethiye, Turkey
In the last ten years Fethiye has become a magnet for British citizens. Apart from its climate and natural beauty, the Britons are attracted by its less expensive lifestyle and the hospitality of the local people. The British population in Turkey is between 34,000 and 38,000. As a result of the large British population and the high numbers of Britons going there for holiday, Fethiye-Öludeniz was chosen as the best tourism centre in the world by The Times and The Guardian newspapers in 2007.
Over 7,000 British citizens permanently live in Fethiye, while approximately 600,000 British tourists visit the town every summer.
The Fethiye Museum, which is very rich in ancient and more recent artifacts, displays and testifies to the successive chain of civilizations that existed in the area, starting with the ancient Lycians.
Fethiye was formerly known as Makri (Μάκρη); the Greeks deported from the area under the terms of the 1923 exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey founded the town of Nea Makri (New Makri) in Greece.