Hidden Gems

Have fun in Fethiye when sailing in Turkey

By Jenny Wilson
on  May 27, 2016

You are sure to visit many interesting towns and attractions when sailing in Turkey, but few can be as well-known along the Turquoise coast as the port of Fethiye. The stunning Tomb of Amyntas, the fish market and the nearby Saklikent Gorge are high on any visitor’s must-see list. This vibrant town offers everything from beaches to bars but there are some lesser-known ways to spend the day that are well worth your time.

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The Fethiye Museum is not especially big but has some really interesting exhibits that make it well worth a look. Artefacts from the nearby Lycian sites of Letoon and Xanthos are on display here, giving you a great taster of what you will see if you visit these sites or a brief insight into this ancient civilisation if you don’t have time during your trip.

Head to Paspatur, or Fethiye Old Town, to see another side of this bustling hub. This is a great place to get away from the crowds visiting the main markets but the streets are still packed full of interesting shops. You can pick up all sorts of souvenirs to take back home in addition to enjoying a drink in one of the plentiful streetside cafes. Many of the walkways provide the perfect cool and shady escape as you browse this fascinating part of town.

Fethiye is also a great place to enjoy a traditional Turkish bath or hamam. The Old Turkish Bath in Paspatur is one of the most famous; however, there are plenty of others where you can take the opportunity to pamper yourself.

A stop off in Fethiye can be as busy or as laidback as you like, with plenty of interesting activities to suit all tastes.

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