Fethiye City Guide Tourist Information
Fethiye is located on the Lycian and Carian border and was called Telmessos in ancient times. The city was very prominent and a centre of prophecy, pledged to Apollon. That the city life was rich and highly cultured during the Hellenistic and Roman periods is evident from the existing monuments. Today the majority of ancient ruins in Telmessos are rock-tombs, Lycian-type sarcophagi, the fortress and the Roman Theatre.
The peninsula lying between Fethiye and Antalya was known as Lycia in the ancient times. Lycians were natives of Anatolia and sea-faring people as mentioned in Homer’s Iliad and Kadesh War Peace Agreement document.
The tomb of Amyntas, which could be considered as the insignia of Fethiye, strikes the eye with its grandeur on the slope as you enter the bay. This tomb, whose façade was built as an Ionic temple based on the plan of in antis, belonged to Amyntas is believed to be a king or a governor of Telmessos during the Hellenistic period.
Within the city there are quite a number of Lycian-type sarcophagi. On these there are epitaphs in the Lycian scripture. Especially the sarcophagus near the government house is worthy of notice, with its relieves depicting warriors.
The fortress stands where the city was first founded and the existing walls are from the 11th Century. At same places, portions of walls from the Roman period can be seen. The fortress was repaired by the Rhodesian Knights during the 15th Century and was used as a naval base.
Telmessos Ancient Theatre stands opposite to the commercial quay at Fethiye town centre. Typical Roman type theatre was built in 2nd. Century on the remains of a Greek style previous one. The site was escavated by the Fethiye Archaeology Museum in 1993 and a restoration project was made to renovate the theatre’s cavea and stage.
Fethiye Archaeology Museum exhibits numerous Archaeological findings from the Lycian, Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman periods as well as ethnological works of art typical of the region.
There is a new project to be realised in 2001—2002 for a new “open-air Museum complex with the ancient theatre”. Fethiye Municipality and the Directory of Museum are leading this project to reform the centre of town with the idea of protecting natural and cultural environments of Fethiye.
The Teke Peninsula of our times, lying between Fethiye and Antalya was known as LYCIA in the ancient times. In fact the Lycians participated in the Kadesh War together with Hittites, Which indicates that they were one of the oldest tribes of Anatolia. All through the history, Lycia was invaded by the Persians, Alexander The Great, Romans and Byzantines but was never evacuated. Fethiye is an appropriate centre for excursions into Lycia. Either on your own or by organised daily tours, you can pay visits to major Lycian cities in the region.
Fethiye has always been a major area of settlement throughout the history. This is due to the fact that the region is opulent in all aspects of subsistance. It bears the stamp of all the people living here in various periods, The region was known as ''Telmessos" during the Lycian times until the Roman Empire, when it was referred to as "Makri" (Megri), meaning far-off !and. In 1282 Mentese Beg, the founder of the Mentese Principality, fought with the Byzarithians and onquered Makri, PUR-suant to this dote, although in the official documents name Makri (Megri) was still in use, the popular name among the residents was "Iskete" or "Beskaza". The name Iskele was derived from the use of this town by the Ottoman Empire for sailing out to Rhodes and the out side world.
Similarly, the name Beskaza was in frequent use during the Ottoman times. As the central government had a hard time to dea with local matters, five regional ad ministrations were established. Under the auspices of the central administration, the five kadhis (local gover- nors) of Uzumlu, Yaka-Doger, Yakabag-Esen; Oren and Kaya were appointed. The name Beskaza was very popular and there are several folk dances and song bearing this name.
In the year 1914, a new name'appears. At that the Megri Municipal Council proposed changing. The name of "Megri" to commemorate Fethi Bey, the first Turkish pilot who was killed in a. crash near Taberiye This proposal was approved by the Council, presided by the Mayor of the time, Musaoğlu Mehmet cen, and the name "Fethiye" was used in all documentation However, due to the First World War and the subsequ ent Independence War, the Council of Ministers 2 approval could be obtained only in1934.
Many of Turkey’s most popular resorts can be found on the south west coast, and there is a vast range of Turkey accommodation on offer to suit all budgets and tastes.
The busy market town of Fethiye – where Orange’s headquarters can be found – boasts a large, bustling marina, as well as some stunning beaches. Rooms at the 5-star Ece Saray Marina Resort offer stunning views over the marina, where giant turtles reside, while the city centre is just a few minute’s walk away.
For beach lovers, the resort of Oludeniz boasts one of the best stretches of sand in the region: the Belcekiz Beach, which is marked at one end by a magnificent blue lagoon. The 5-star Oyster Residence is located right on the beach, and offers a beautiful collection of luxury rooms surrounding a large pool area amongst olive groves. There is also a popular nightclub next door.
The atmospheric fishing town of Kalkan is littered with narrow, winding streets, historical Ottoman buildings, and white-washed houses that make the resort ideal for relaxing strolls. Its sweeping views over the harbour and picturesque bay further enhance the resort’s appeal. The 4-star Pirat Hotel is one of the best in the resort, offering spectacular views of the harbour with a backdrop of green-clad mountains. This Kalkan hotel is also just 200 metres from the beach, as well as being close to a promenade of restaurants.
In the charming town of Bodrum, visitors are greeted by a fascinating mix of old and new, with an imposing Crusader Castle overlooking an exclusive marina. The surrounding region boasts mountains and green valleys, traditional villages and isolated beaches. The 4-starDolphin Aparthotel is located just outside the centre of Bodrum, and offers superb views of the marina, the castle and a picturesque bay. This Bodrum hotel is also just a few minute’s walk from the hub of the resort’s vibrant nightlife.
Dalyan is a small, peaceful town situated in the middle of a conservation area, making it popular with bird watchers and naturalists. The 3-star Dalyan Resort boasts a large pool with a nice view of the nearby tombs. Boats stop at the hotel and transport visitors to nearby attractions, including a beach, a wonderful trail under the tombs, and a former Roman city. The town centre is a 15 minute stroll from the hotel.
The resort of Marmaris is popular with a chic Western crowd, but venture into the narrow streets of the old quarter and you will discover a more traditional Turkey. Boasting a vast beach, Marmaris is also popular for watersports, as well as being a jumping off point for the Blue Cruises of the Aegean Sea. The 3-star Kamelya Aparthotel is located in a quite area of town, just 150 metres from the beach. This is a great hotel for couples and families who want to be close to the resort’s facilities, with a wide range of shops and restaurants nearby.
The city of Antalya has a fine choice of atmospheric, inexpensive accommodation options, including pensions and hostels, particularly in the old quarter of Kaleici, which boasts Roman ruins and picturesque narrow winding streets. A good budget option in Kaleici is the 2-starFrankfurt Hotel.
Ece Saray Marina Resort
Oyster Residence Oludeniz
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