One is at a loss for words to describe the beauty of Fethiye.
If you are incurably addicted to exploring new horizons and are a lover of
nature, this is the destination for you… What is it that makes these
shores so delightfully indented with innumerable coves and the
unbelievable beauty of nature. What makes it so alluring? Perhaps it is a
bit of everything, who knows?
To wander through the bays of Fethiye is an adventure,
an exuberance, a spring of joy. While passing from one to another, the
grandeur that spreads out before your eyes is enhanced by the silhouettes
of tiny islands, which lead you astray.
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 to Fethiye, is another departure point.
Fethiye seaport with its sheltered natural structure is an important
stop for yachtsmen. A new modern marina project will be realised soon for
a large number of yachts with all facilities on the other end at the bay.
The whole region excluding Fethiye and Eşen
lowlands is covered with high mountains forming the south
western spurs of
the Taurus Range. These mountains exceeding 2000 meters extend the
coastline. On a sunny winter day it is a real pleasure to view the pines
and snow decorated peaks intertwined 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 is 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.
Mediterranean climate with
hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters prevails in the region temperatures
are approximately 30°C in summers and usually not less than 12°C in
winters. Seawater temperature is hardly below 17°C all year round.
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.
Such farming for vegetables and industrial
plants as cotton, sesame, tobacco, and aniseed are the major agricultural
income sources. Yearly about 250.000 tons of tomatoes are produced and
exported. In bee-keeping and honey production, the potential is on a
large scale. Furthermore, there is large supply of Chromium ore and
Fethiye is an important export part 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, is most fascinating on
Tuesdays. Life at the market and the shops are located around starts early
in the morning and gives opportunities to locals and tourists during the
daytime. 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 cloths from
these shops which stay open until the late hours. When you walk around,
have a break at one of “Paspatur” Cafes for a cup of Turkish coffee or
apple tea, it will keep you relax and keep your mind on Fethiye as “the
shining light of eco world, worth discovering”