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Oludeniz and Fethiye Sights

The region around Oludeniz and Fethiye offers a treasure trove of ancient archaeological sites overlooking Turkey's Mediterranean Coast and a choice of must-see attractions, including the following…


The family friendly resort of Oludeniz climbs up a narrow valley overlooking a picturesque lagoon surrounded by a pine forest facing the Mediterranean Sea.

The region’s national park status means the development is mainly low-rise. It stretches from the small beachside village of Oludeniz to the larger and more active towns of Ovacik and Hisaronu, which sit on a plateau about 4km from the beach. Here you can find the densest area of hotels and dance clubs, especially in Hisaronu.

The larger hillside resorts offer a regular shuttle bus service to the beach; alternatively you can take a dolmus (shared minibus) or hire a bike.


(Telmessos) – Founded some 3000 years ago, the seaside town of Fethiye offers a range of sightseeing attractions close to gorgeous beaches, numerous hotels and shopping options.

Sunbathe and swim on Çalis Beach, enjoy thrills in the water park at Sultans' Aquacity or ride a dolmus to the idyllic Oludeniz Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach.

Cruise Fethiye Bay for a day or join a week-long Blue Cruise to see the best of Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.

Visit various archaeological remains including a Roman amphitheatre and a Crusader castle built by the Knights of St John and see the Tomb of King Amyntas – a dramatic 350 BC Lycian stone sarcophagi carved into a cliff face overlooking the town.

Browse for Turkish leather, jewellery and handicrafts in the old shopping district of Pasputur. After dark, choose from a selection of bars and open-air discos near the yacht harbour.

Fethiye is also the starting point for the Lycian Way, a 500km hiking trail that winds through the rugged mountains of the Tekke Peninsula to Antalya.


(Kayaköy) – From the village of Oludeniz or from Fethiye Castle, follow a 6.5km trail through towering pine trees and scenic hillside views to this ghost town of almost 3500 identical stone houses and several mosaic-floored churches.

Once inhabited by Greek settlers, the town was abandoned in 1924 during the forced population exchange between Turkey and Greece in which the respective minorities in each country were repatriated to their ethnic homeland.

Xanthos Valley

Accessed from Kalkan, the historical Xanthos Valley offers a treasure trove of ancient Lycian sites at Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon and Patara.

Kalkan is around 67km from Fethiye and the area is easily reached and explored by hire car, dolmus or tour bus.


The oldest ancient city in the region offers several ruins to admire, including: the City Gate, which dates to the Hellenistic era; Roman ruins such as Vespasian's Arch, the acropolis and theatre; numerous Lycian tombs including the Obelisk, featuring lengthy inscriptions in both Lycian and Greek; and the Lion's Tomb, a sarcophagus featuring carvings of lions and a bull in battle.

Mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, the ancient capital of Lycia is famous as the site of two collective suicides, when the inhabitants ended their lives rather than admit defeat to invading armies.


Explore one of the oldest and most important cites in ancient Lycia, dating from 2000 BC.

Scramble over a rocky hillside scattered with ancient Lycian rock-carved tombs, stone sarcophagi, a Roman amphitheatre and hilltop Ottoman castle, which offers panoramic vistas of the famous Xanthos Valley.

Tlos is around 4km northwest of the Saklikent Gorge and 39km from Fethiye.


This one-time ancient port city is now land-locked and lies almost buried beneath sand dunes.

Discover partially restored marble-paved streets lined with columns then view numerous ruins, including ancient walls, stone sarcophagi, an amphitheatre, a ruined temple and a circular pit, which may have been the seat of the oracle.

The ancient city is located just behind Patara Beach.


Discover the ruins of three temples and a theatre at the former religious centre of ancient Lycia.

Saklikent Gorge

A sturdy platform provides easy access to this 480m-high sandstone gorge, created by the constant force of spring waters flowing down from Mount Akdag.

Enjoy scenic views and perhaps wade through the chilling waters of the Gökçesu and Ulupinar springs. Saklikent Gorge is just 40km from Fethiye.

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Latest update: Oludeniz Sights & Attractions: 1 February, 2019

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