For centuries people have enjoyed Fethiye's mild climate and alluring scenery. One of the oldest Anatolian civilizations, Lycia, beginning in 5 B.C.E, occupied today's Fethiye with their most important city. From then on, Fethiye continued to be an important center for transportation and commerce. Today, through on-going excavations, museums and ruins, the public has access to Fethiye's rich past.
The town continues to be a hub of activity all year-round; it is still blessed with short, mild winters and long summers. The town's pazar (open-air market) and many of its restaurants, shops, and nightclubs are open all year. Natural wonders such as Kelebekler (Butterfly) Valley, a peaceful natural retreat, can be enjoyed no matter the season. In warmer months, when swimming and sunbathing are on the itinerary, Fethiye's Blue Lagoon, one of the world's most stunning beaches, can be reached within minutes from the town center.
Arriving in Fethiye is a simple task. All forms of travel can be used to reach this Mediterranean resort town: Dalaman Airport is a mere 50 km away; three highways lead to the town center; and Fethiye's marina, no matter the hour, is safe for departures and arrivals. Day trips from Fethiye are also effortless. Along with a vast bus system based in the area, many car rental agencies are conveniently located and competitively priced. Although reaching Fethiye may be easy, leaving may be more difficult.
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