Fethiye is a touristic town with an international atmosphere, and is probably the only city in the world where you'll find sarcophaguses in the streets. Submerge yourself in the oriental atmosphere and culture, taste local delicatessens and visit the Grand Bazaar with its amazing low prices for shopping therapy.
Take a walk in the ancient old city, which is dated back to 5th Century and at that time was named Thelmessos, which means the city of lights. In 1935 the city was renamed to Fethiye to honor the first Turkish pilot who died in a tragic airplane crash of Fetih Bey.
Explore the city by yourself, or join our bus tour to famous Lycian Tombs and Ghost Town.
Amynda Lycian Tombs
Don’t miss an opportunity to visit breathtaking Lycian Thombs, carved into high mountain cliffs overlooking the whole city of Fethiye. They look like the entrances to countless temples, but are in fact the ornate facade of ancient Lycian tombs.
The Lycians believed that their dead were carried to the afterlife by magic winged creatures and thus they placed their honored dead in geographically high places such as the cliff side. Dating back to the 4th century, many of the numerous entryways are adorned with tall Romanesque columns and intricate reliefs, a bit duller from centuries of weathering.
Levissi (Ghost town)
The town of Levissi (known as Kayaköy) was once home to around 10,000 people, including Anatolian Muslims and Greek Orthodox Christians, within a thriving and harmonious community. With origins in the 14th century, Kayaköy was forcefully abandoned at the end of the Greco-Turkish War when a population exchange meant that Muslims and Christians were exchanged between Greece and Turkey so that each country could claim one major religion in the path toward ethnic and national homogeneity.
Today, the hillside of Kayakoy remains deserted, never having recovered – either culturally or economically – from the mass exodus in 1923. The homes, schools, shops, cafés, chapels and churches have been left to crumble, unprotected from looters or the elements.
Having gained museum status through the Turkish Ministry of Culture and adopted by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village, Kayaköy has made some headway, although its state continues to crumble. One of the most poignant reminders of the village’s thriving past is the Kato Panagia Church, in which faded frescoes and vaulted ceilings and arches tell the story of another era when the structure exuded the glory of faith. Even though the museum village appears ancient due to the effects of harsh winds and winters, its sorrowful story and mysterious, ghost town atmosphere continue to make it an inspiring find for adventurous hikers.
After our panoramic city tour you will have free time explore the Thelmessos – Ancient Old City of Fethiye, and to visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can buy things at amazing low prices: from fruits and vegetables to a large area of clothes, handbags, shoes and leather items.
About the boat:
Capacity: up to 330 persons
Type of the boat: Catamaran
Facilities: 5 toilets + Bar