Amazing Historical sites in Fethiye where the Mediterranean and the Aegean meet…
Letoon Ancient City
Letoon ancient city is about 40 munites drive from Fethiye downtown and about 4 km south of another ancient city Xanthos. It was an important religious shrine for Lycians. Letoon was dedicated to three god and goddesses Lycia – Leto, Apollo and Artemis. During archaeological studies, some ruins of a church have been found from the early Christian era.
Tlos, near Fethiye, was also one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the Lycian region. According to Lycian mythology, the hero Bellerophon and his winged horse Pegasus used to live here. History of Tlos dates back to 2000 B.C. The necropolis, situated on the rocky outcrops of the city acropolis, have some of the most preserved house-type tombs of Lycian burial tradition. The temple-shaped tomb in the necropolis is dedicated to Bellerophon.
Kayakoy, as an old Greek town, has over 1200 abandoned Greek-style houses and few churches which date from the 1700s. That’s why it is also known as a Ghost town by the visitors. After the establishment of the Turkish Republic, a population exchange agreement was signed in 1923 between Greece and Turkey. Most Greek Christians left Kayaköy and being resettled in Greece. This and the town itself features in the famous novel Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres which is an excellent overview of the 20th Century history of the region after WW1.
Telmessos Ancient Theatre
Telmessos was the largest city in the ancient Lycian league and its remains are all over the modern town of Fethiye. This typical Roman type theatre of Telmessos is located right across the Fethiye harbour where all Turkey sailing gulets departs from. It was built in the 2nd century and has a capacity of 5,000 people. The Fethiye Archaeology Museum displays numerous archaeological finds from the Lycian, Hellenistic, Roman as well as Ottoman era.
Xanthos Ancient City
The ancient city of Xanthos is situated in the hills above a plateu located in the southeast of Fethiye. It is the site where more than 900 Lycian rock tombs were found. Definitely worths visiting.
Gocek is a pretty harbor town which is also a famous destination for blue cruise holidays in Turkey Inspite of its being a small town, it has 6 large marinas which attract thousands of people to come over and start their blue cruises from Göcek. The town center is within walking distance from the port e and has lots of fancy cafés, restaurants, and places for fine dining with a great view of the Mediterranean.
Just like Fethiye, Gocek is also the starting point for many Blue Cruises gulets where you can charter a whole gulet for a private sail Turkey tour or just join one of the amazing Goturkeysail tours for 4 days sailing adventure or a weeklong. To get more information and book amazing Turkey sail trip, you can visit www.goturkeysail.com