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About Fethiye
History of Fethiye
Nature in Fethiye
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About Fethiye & Lycia

One is at a loss for words to describe the beauty of Fethiye. If you are addicted to exploring new horizons and you love nature, this is the destination for you… Fethiye combines the charm of an everyday Turkish town with an extraordinarily beautiful coast indented with coves and littered with tiny islands, set against the magnificent backdrop of luscious pine forest covered mountains. Perhaps it is allure: a unique combination of everything you could possibly want in a perfect holiday.

To meander through the bays of Fethiye is an adventure through complete peace, at the same time exuberance, and a spring of joy. While passing from one bay to another, the grandeur that spreads out before your eyes is interrupted only by the silhouettes of tiny islands to distract you from the horizon and the crystal waters of every hue of blue.

Fethiye is located in South-West Mediterranean Turkey, connected to all other cities by three highways and reached very easily. Dalaman International Airport is as close as 50 km. to the town centre. During the tourist season one can find many flights from major European cities to Fethiye besides the domestic flights throughout the year by Turkish Airlines. Additionally Antalya Airport, three -hour drive from Fethiye, is another departure point. Fethiye seaport with its sheltered natural structure is an important stop for yachtsmen. To complement what nature has provided, a new modern marina complex project, with the capacity and wide range of facilities for a large number of yachts, will be realised soon. The whole region excluding Fethiye and Esen lowlands is covered with high mountains forming the southwestern spurs of the Taurus Range. These mountains exceeding 2000 meters height the coastline. On a sunny winter day it is a real pleasure to view the pines and snow decorated peaks contrasting with the blue sky. Besides the refreshing woody slopes with thyme, sage, laurel and pine trees the exceptional incense forest is another peculiarity of the Fethiye region. Covering a 100-hectare area the incense forest provides an ideal campsite and a picnic area. Balsam obtained from incense trees has pharmaceutical and cosmetic value and it is also used as a fumigate in mosques and churches.

Dry, long, hot summers and short, warm, rainy winters are climatic characteristics of Fethiye. The temperature, which is around 86-105 F (30-40 C) during the summer, is usually above 55 F (10 C) in the winter. Considering the fact that in these turquoise-coloured seas that in no season falls below 60 F (17 C) temperature, swimming is possible for nine months of the year, we might as well conclude that there are only two seasons in Fethiye: Spring and Summer!

In Fethiye, with its abundance and fertile land, agriculture is of major prominence. Therefore whilst in other holiday resorts it becomes quiet at end of the season, life in Fethiye flows on throughout the 12 months. Farming for vegetables and industrial plants as cotton, sesame, tobacco, and aniseed, providing the major agricultural income sources. About 250.000 tons of tomatoes are produced and exported annually. Bee-keeping and honey production is another high potential activity. Furthermore, there is large supply of Chromium ore and Fethiye is an important exporter of this mineral in Turkey.

The climatic conditions permit almost all kinds of vegetables and fruit to be cultivated. The special nature of contact between the producer and the consumer may be witnessed in the town market, on Tuesdays. Life at the market and nearby shops starts early in the morning and offers plenty to locals and tourists alike through the day. Souvenir shops are located around the Turkish bath and the old Mosque. During the peak season one can buy leather-goods, carpets, rugs, jewellery and the other souvenirs as well as Turkish fashion clothes from these shops which stay open until late. When you walk around, have a break and relax at one of "Paspatur" Cafes for a cup of Turkish coffee or apple tea.


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