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FETHIYE

Fethiye is in Lycia on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Fethiye is a tourist town with an international atmosphere. It has an excellent marina and good night life. The town also serves as an excellent base for touring the inland countryside, and is probably the only city in the world where you'll find sarcophaguses in the streets.


The pre-Roman Lycian relics are especially spectacular when floodlit at night. The town has a population of around 50,000, but the population increases dramatically during the high season, from April to end of October, when off-shore residents spend their summers at their second homes.


In Greek times, it was named Telmessos, a flourishing city on the Glaucus Sinus (now known as Gulf of Fethiye). It was famed for its school of diviners, consulted among others by the Lydian king Croesus, prior to declaring war against Cyrus, and by Alexander the Great, when he came to the town after the siege of Halikarnassos.


The main area of interest is in the southern part of the city around 1 Atatürk Cd. edit covering the tourist harbour, the bar & club area to the cave tombs. Most budget hotels are west from this street near the harbour. Resort hotels are mainly found in the north of the city near the beaches.


- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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