Oludeniz – Fethiye

Fethiye has been the most important settlement since ancient times. An Anatolian civilization, Lcyians, had this city and the city was called as Telmessos. Telmessos (Fethiye), respectively, remained under the rule of the Persians, Alexander the Great, Egyptian, Roman and Byzantine. Finally, it was participated to Ottoman Empire, and called Beş Kaza. Turkish Republic was established and this city was a part of Muğla and was called Fethiye.

Fethiye has historical places and the beauty of nature so it is one of the most preferred destinations by both local and foreign tourists .

Ölüdeniz: Oludeniz Beach is at a distance of 14 km from Fethiye. There are many boarding-houses, camps, motels and restaurants that are open during each season of the year. You should try to paraglide and enjoy an amazing landscape.

Göcek: It is 30 km far from Fethiye on Fethiye-Mugla highway. Having an appearance of a small charming fisherman town, Göcek has recently become one of the important centres of yacht tourism. Besides its natural harbour, it is a unique tourism heaven with its numerous islands and bays, ruin places and pine forested hills. The town with its marina and increased number of modern facilities, is at a distance of 20 km from Dalaman Airport.

Butterfly Walley : At a distance of 5-7 km from Ölüdeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains. It takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September. Transportation to the bay, being an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs, is provided by boats from Ölüdeniz. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers.

Saklikent : It is 50 km from Fethiye. Saklikent was discovered by a shepherd 14 years ago. It is a natural wonder hiding within a 18 km long magnificent canyon of which height reaches to 600 meter in some places. it is a unique tourism centre which offers possibilities for nature lovers such as mountaineering, trekking and swimming.

Kayakoy : Kayakoy was a settlement region of Rums (Greeks of Turkish Nationality) in the 14th century. It was founded on the lands of ancient city Karmillassos which had been demolished almost completely excluding a few home-type tombs due to earthquakes. Its ancient name is Levissi.

Telmessos Antique Theater : As mentioned in the ancient sources, there was a big theatre in Telmessos. Built in the early Roman Period and repaired in 2000 AD, it is known that the theatre with a capacity of 5000 seats was used as an arena. At present, the theatre has a seating capacity of 1500 people.

Fethiye is situated in the heart of Lycia and is an extremely convenient base from where you can easily visit the ancient cities surrounding the town. Some of them are listed below:

Xanthos , Pınara , Telmessos- Likya , Tlos , Cadianda , Patara , Letoon

 

Activities

Paragliding: We must say that the best paragliding is done in Fethiye. F ly tandem with an experienced licensed pilot from Babadag Mountain which is accepted as the best fly point of the world, (elevation 1975 metres.) to Belcekiz Beach in 30-40 minutes and enjoy fantastic views of Oludeniz.

Diving: Local sea life has a rich variety of fish, including octopus, eel and dolphin. Don’t forget to take an underwater camera with flash to light up the vibrant colours of the wonderful fauna and coral formations.

Trecking - Lycianway : Fethiye , Lycianway, is located between Fethiye and Kaş. When you walk on this way, you will travel to deep of history, you will also see mausoleums, the ancient city walls, and the roads that connect the walls of city, public paths, public fountains, theatres …. Lycianway is a forest sea . It has variety of trees, flowers and several animal varieties.

Fethiye transportation: Fethiye can be reached by the İzmir-Muğla highway as well as by the route of Antalya- Fethiye. For preferring sea voyages, the Turkish Maritime Lines organize Mediterranean tours and there are seabuses between Fethiye and Rhodes during the season. Transportation by air is possible from the Dalaman Airport ( 50 kms) and the Antalya Airport( 210 kms).  You can learn taxi fare at this web site http://dalamanairporttaxi.com/content/view/14/28/lang,en/

Photos : Jeffrey van der Wees ( www.flickr.com/photos/11878530@N08/sets/72157625087822843/ )

Sources : http://www.fetav.com/

http://www.fethiye.gov.tr

http://www.gocek.bel.tr

Egyptian Obelisk ( Dikilitaş )

The obelisk was first erected by Pharaoh Tuthmosis III in Upper Egypt. It was brought to the city late in the 4th century and erected in its present site by Emperor Thedosius in AD 390

How can we get there? On  which days it is open? On which days on which hours it is open? What is the entrance fee?

From Taksim: First you need to take the finikular from the metro station on Taksim Square to go to Kabatas. When you get Kabatas, you need to get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Beşiktaş: You need to get the bus from Beşiktaş to Kabatas and you need to get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Eminonu: It would be fun to walk through the tram way. In case you dont want to walk, you can get the tram and get off in the Sultanahmet Station.

From Kadıköy: Get the Kadıköy – Eminönü boat, to pass the bosphorus, from Eminonu you can get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Üsküdar: Get the Üsküdar – Kabataş boat to pass the bosphorus, and get the tram to Sultanahmet.

Entrance Fee: It can be visited for free because of it is used as a place of worship.

The Basilica Cistern ( Yerebatan Sarnıcı )

Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinianus, the most prosperous period of the East Roman Empire, the cistern Basilica is 70 m. in width and 140 m. in lenght. The dome, covering an area of 9800 m2, is supported by 336 marble columns arrenged in 12 rows each consisting of 28 columns placed at a distance of 4m 90cm. from one another. The capitals of these 9 m. high columns are a blend of the lonic and corinthian styleswith a few exceptions which arein the doric style and not ornamented. The cistern is surrounded by a 4 m. thick wall of brick and the mortar used in constructions is very special and water-proof. The water reserved in the cistern was transported from the Belgrad forest which is 19 km. from the city.

In 1985 the Metropolitan municipality of Istanbul undertook the restoration of the cistern. On the 9th of September 1987, it was opened for visitors as a vitalizedd example of universal cultural heritage.

How can we get there? On  which days it is open? On which days on which hours it is open? What is the entrance fee?

From Taksim: First you need to take the finikular from the metro station on Taksim Square to go to Kabatas. When you get Kabatas, you need to get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Beşiktaş: You need to get the bus from Beşiktaş to Kabatas and you need to get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Eminonu: It would be fun to walk through the tram way. In case you dont want to walk, you can get the tram and get off in the Sultanahmet Station.

From Kadıköy: Get the Kadıköy – Eminönü boat, to pass the bosphorus, from Eminonu you can get the tram to Sultanahmet.

From Üsküdar: Get the Üsküdar – Kabataş boat to pass the bosphorus, and get the tram to Sultanahmet.

Days and Opening Hours:

Opens from 09.00 to 18.30 everyday

Entrance Fee: 20 TL (10 Euro)

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