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Fethiye
A holiday in Fethiye on Turkey’s Mediterranean “Turquoise Coast” suits everyone and anyone. Explorers can take trips to the islands in the bay, the indolent can just lie on the beach, history buffs can delve into ancient archaeological sites, and shoppers can haggle for bargains. Nightlife is lively and varied, and the town offers allmore
Olu Deniz - Sharon and Peter . Date of travel: Jul 2010
Fabulous week in Turkey (returned home 6 July 2010 - package deal with Direct Line - could not be faulted!). Resort 15 minutes from Fethiye and all a bustling town has to offer - especially for teenagers at night! Olu Deniz small and very family orientated - beautiful beach lovely choice of very good bars and restaurants and lots of sports activities on offer. Trips fantastic - especially the 12 Islands Boat Trip and the Jeep Safari - superb prices organised by the rep from our Hotel Dorian, which was extremely clean and hospitable. Staff could not do enough for you and all of our party - 13 in number - were fabulously impressed by the friendliness, respect and service provided from the Turkish people we met. All inclusive package did leave a little to be desired - food very basic, although extremely freshly prepared and local drink package disappointing. However, this was absolutely the only criticism we could make to an otherwise fantastic holiday package. Whilst on our holiday we visited the Fethiye Gold Centre and purchased a beautiful 18 carat white gold diamond ring - on return to England our local jewellers confirmed a valuation of double the amount we paid for it (a substantial amount)and also commented on the impressive clarity of the stone - congratulating us on such a 'bargain'! An unbelievable experience and one we would recommend to anyone!
Fethiye is just so beautiful - Paul Russell. Date of travel: Oct 2007
Fethiye is just so beautiful
We loved the colourful waterfront and marina in fethiye with all its lovely restaurants. The quaint, cobbled town centre has a cute selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Fehtiye is well worth a visit.
Fethiye is lovely - Debbie Hunt. Date of travel: Sep 2007
Fethiye has always been a lovely place to visit. Whether you want to sit on the sea front and watch the world go by or haggle with the shopkeepers for leather, jewellery, sunglasses or a cheap watch. Some bar/food prices can be pricy but if you look around you can find some lovely restaurants at very reasonable prices. I recommend the Cafe Genis on the front for people watching, the Megri Restaurant in town for lunch and La Cantana Pesa Kebab on the road out of town for a cheap but delicious dinner. There is a beach at Calis but if you want something closer you can get the dolmus (small bus) to a new man-made beach at the Letoona end of the town. Very quiet and peaceful, calm water and a restaurant/bar for that all important beer.
Fethiye - J Roy. Date of travel: Jul 2007
Fethiye is fascinating. A real mix of cultures, yet comfortable and enjoyable. Locals are friendly and helpful. There's any number of good and reasonably priced restaurants. The Tuesday market demands almost a full day out to do it justice. Fethiye is well placed for access to lots of interesting sights and activities. It's probably closer in feel to the "real" Turkey than places like Hisaronu or Ovacik which are more overtly touristy and a bit tacky.
We loved Fethiye - Jan Davis. Date of travel: Jun 2007
Old Fethiye is lovely, full of character with a beautiful harbour that is a pleasure to walk down day or night. Lots of restaurants and bars along the front and in the old town with quaint little shops. There is a lovely restuarant just below the Lychian tombs in Fethiye, with spectacular views, well worth a visit. Order the freshly squeezed orange juice that they make while you wait. It is amazing, and so cheap. Cant wait to go back!
Excellent location - Mrs. G. Rapp. Date of travel: Jun 2007
Fethiye boasts a fabulous marina, many shops, excellent restaurants and good sight seeing. Getting around is cheap by dolmus (a type of mini bus), taxi or private car. A boat trip around the Bay of the Twelve Islands is a must, all day on a large gullet diving from the back of the boat, lunch provided, visiting remote bays and coves to bathe in crystal clear waters. Para gliding in Olu Deniz (a short drive away) is available and the blue lagoon beach is beautiful. Fethiye market has real Turkish goods to buy and authentic Turkish food and coffee to enjoy in a maze of cafes, shops and small bars. The views around Fethiye are wonderful.
I loved fetihye - Julie Cusden. Date of travel: May 2007
Fetiyhe has some excellent shops and bazaars. The gold shopping is second to none and the car cemetry is always good for a nice cocktail.
Calis Beach, Fethiye - Paul and Kate. Date of travel: May 2007
I have stayed in Calis Beach in Fethiye many times since 1994 at The Nil Motel and last visited with my fiancee Kate in May 2007, which was her first visit to the beautiful country of Turkey. In my experience the people are so helpful and friendly, nothing is too much trouble and you are treated as one of their own. The day trips to twelve islands and the fishing trips are so relaxed and should be experienced by all who visit Calis/Fethiye. All the restaurants in Calis are good value for money, especially The Nil bar/restaurant which is owned and run by Angel and Serdal, and The Orient, who do a fantastic Sunday lunch served by the wonderful "Chicken George". Kate and I found a lovely, secluded tree house just a couple of miles down the beach from Calis which we visited twice and both times had the tree house to ourselves. We watched the surfers and paragliders doing their stuff while we just lazed around and drank cold, refreshing beer and wine all afternoon. Kate had a pure silk dress made within a few hours by a local tailoress and she only charged us £15! Saklikent was an amazing place to visit We went on the Dolmus there and back which was an experience in itself and hardly cost us anything at all. We would recommend this trip to anyone to go under your own steam as opposed to an organised trip. Word of warning, take your own Aloe Vera products for sunburn as we both got nasty red legs and trailed all around Fethiye trying to find some relief from our discomfort. We did eventually find some and paid 18YTL for it as we were desperate! We didn't have the patience or the energy to barter! All blokes should experience a proper Turkish shave with a cut throat razor with the added massage and pampering, as Gillette is not necessarily the best a man can get! Kate had a lovely relaxing massage on the beach for less than an English fiver! We cannot wait to return there in August when the weather will be baking hot.
Enjoyed two visits to Fethiye - margaret russell. Date of travel: May 2007
Enjoyed two visits to Fethiye
A great resort to visit. Numerous sights to see on local dolumus. Best restaurant "The Duck Pond" and local fish market where you pick your fish then have it cooked in any restaurant round about the market. We loved it.
Colourful & Historical Fethiye - Beverley Kellett. Date of travel: Sep 2006
Fethiye is a lovely town with a smart waterfront which offers many restaurants and cafe's. The marina is full of smart yachts, colourful boats and craft, many of which offer boats around the 12 Islands of Fethiye bay. Fethiye by night is great, with just the right mix of nice bars and restaurants but not too lively. The town centre has some great shops for fuddling in, don't miss the Tuesday market in Fethiye, there are some great bargains. In the town centre there some really interesting craft shops making everything from carpets, lace and leather goods. There are bars and some lovely street restaurants where you find both tourists and locals. Fethiye also offers a number of historical sites like the Lycian Tombs cut into the cliffs and a Roman theatre.
Bobby and Maz. Date of travel: Sep 2005
We stayed in Fethiye - very relaxed, friendly resort. Huge choice of bars/restaurants and shops and boat trips galore and very reasonably priced. A short 20 mins (fun) water taxi ride away is Calis beach - another lovely place to unwind. Tour Operator: Independent
Bobby and Maz. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Had a fabulous time at Ece Saray Marina Hotel. The hotel is in a picturesque setting, all rooms have a view of the marina, mountains in the background - visually great. Staff we dealt with were polite, helpful and very friendly. We asked for a room swap as on check-in we were given a ground floor room and they moved us to 3rd floor - great view! Some staff did not speak good English but a big smile often goes a long way! Turkish people - with the odd exception, are fantastic. They really made our holiday great as they genuinely want you to enjoy yourself. We made friends with several waiters in different restaurants and every time we walked past they would wave and ask us if we were having a good time. Our room was very comfortable - high quality furnishings and housekeeping good. Bed-linen changed every day. The French balcony is sweet. One minor point, there is not much drawer space, but there is a large wardrobe with plenty of hanging space/shelves, somehow it all fits in! Breakfast is taken on the roof terrace with a huge selection and all freshly prepared. Fresh fruit, mixed nuts, every type of cereal, yoghurts, cheeses, tomatoes, breads, pastries etc. and chef will cook your eggs how you like - fried, omelette, poached or scrambled. Delicious. The swimming pool area is adjacent to the hotel - up a few steps - and from there you also have a view of Fethiye Bay - its lovely. Sunbeds are solid and the most comfortable we have encountered at any hotel and plenty of them - with soft white towels courtesy of the hotel! Snacks/drinks are of course available from the pool bar and quite reasonable. A short walk through the marina and you reach the shops - which are numerous. Lots of bars/restaurants - a few to try - The Car Cemetery a bar which plays good music, the Megri and the Duck Pond both very good food and waiters friendly. Also try the Carpe Diem café in the Marina (near to the supermarket) - huge portions (I couldn‘t finish my meal), reasonably priced and spotlessly clean - its great. Dalaman airport Airport is overcrowded - when flying home the queues are horrendous outside the airport, mainly due to the x-ray machine being located just inside the terminal. Tempers are frayed especially when coaches stop outside and the embarking passengers try to jump the queue!! Be prepared to stand for about 40 minutes outside and take your own food/drink with you as prices are sky high. For example, 1 Twix and 1 Snickers chocolate bar - price GBP 2 each! A complete rip-off. Lets hope they keep to the schedule and the new terminal will be open for summer 2006 which will hopefully ease the horrendous queues. So to sum up, we had a wonderful holiday the weather was gorgeous, people so warm and genuinely friendly. We were very sad to leave and can’t wait to go back next summer! Enjoy Tour Operator: Independent
Gemma Dutton. Date of travel: May 2005
This area has a lovely harbour and plenty of shops & bars to browse around. The scenery in the surrounding areas is beautiful with lush green colours. The locals do pester you for a sale but a bit of bartering and you'll have no problems reducing the cost of your bargains (which there are many to be had). If you stay in the Club Letoonia be aware it is a 15min taxi ride out of the centre across the bay with views of Fethiye. But I must admit it is well worth it as this hotel is fantastic and has plenty on offer for all ages. Well worth the 4* rating it has been given. Tour Operator: Cosmos
 
Hotels in Fethiye User Rating
5-Star Hotels
Majesty Tuana Hotel | * * * * * |
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4-Star Hotels
Ece Saray Marina Hotel | * * * * * |
Marina View Apartment | * * * * * |
Club Letoonia | * * * * * |
Montana Pine Resort | * * * * * |
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3-Star Hotels
Nil Motel (Calis Beach) | * * * * * |
Mediteran Hotel | * * * * * |
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