With so much to do it’s difficult to suggest just a few pastimes in Fethiye without missing out something great! The best advice is simply to pay Fethiye a visit and get exploring. To set you off in the right direction, here are just a handful of the most common activities:
12 Island Boat Trip: The Fethiye regions coastline is stunning and attracts yachts and sail boats from around the world. Daily boats and trips on traditional wooden gulets can easily be arranged via tour operators or booked direct from the harbour side. There’s nothing more relaxing than spending a day lazily cruising the bays, taking a dip or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters around one of the 12 islands and enjoying a healthy lunch of grilled fish or chicken. Highly recommended!
Fish Market: For those that like a good fish dinner than the Fish Market in the centre of Fethiye is a must! Walk around the central stall, purchase your catch of the day and take it to one of the many surrounding restaurants to have it cooked up the way you like it and served with salad and puffy local bread for just a few lira – by far the best and cheapest fish dinner in town!
Tuesday Market: Fethiye becomes a busy, bustling hive of activity each Tuesday when the travelling market hits town. Walk, catch a bus, taxi, or join a tour and haggle for everything from ‘genuine fake’ designer clothes and sunglasses, to organic fruit and vegetables – don’t forget your camera!
Visit the Old Town (Paspatur)
Unfortunately you won’t find a sign to Paspatur but it’s easily found if you just head into the centre along the main street parallel to the harbour front, pass the Migros supermarket and Garanti Bank and take any little street up on the left. A small but fascinating array of shaded streets and alleys homing all manner of boutiques, restaurants, bars, an old Turkish bath and a duck pond. Browse the shops and buy a genuine Chanel handbag, a hand-made carpet, spices, gold or ornaments. Paspatur does tend to be slightly pricier, but get your haggling head on and barter for a bargain!