FETHİYE ‘A HISTORY’
Fethiye’s antique period name is “Telmessos”. This city had been established in 5th century B.C. at the frontiers of Lycian and Karya civilizations. From the remains reaching today, it is understood that the city had had a quite high level rich culture and had been a famous center of prophecy devoted to god Apollon. Antique Telmessos’s typical Lycian rock graves, tombs, fortress and theatre ornament Fethiye with their entire splendor.
The Amyntas Grave, accepted as the symbol of Fethiye, catches the eye with its magnificent appearance at the foot of the hill surrounding the city from the harbor. The grave, planned by In Antis, having the front of an Ionnic temple, had been built for the memory of the King Amyntas who had been believed to be the administrator of the city at the 4th century Hellenistic period.
Telmessos antique theater is located just behind the seaport at the city center of Fethiye. Showing a typical Roman character the theater is known to be built at the 2nd century on top of another Greek style theater that had been established before.
Fethiye, surrounded by the green pine forests of the Taurus Mountains, with its charming large and small bays, beaches, islands, hot climate and blessed earth, is one of the most splendid tourism centers of Türkiye.
Çalış Beach, 5 km. away from Fethiye center, is one of the most important accommodation and entertainment centers of the district. Just across of it, the Knight Island which can be regarded as the entrance door to the Fethiye Harbor takes place. Besides the municipality busses and the mini-busses (dolmuş), the possibility of reaching the Çalış Beach also with small boats from the sea, gives the vacationists a big comfort. The cool evenings of hot summer days are the privilege of the ones choosing to stay in Çalış for their holiday.
Çalış Beach, being one of the most significant nesting regions of Caretta Caretta turtles, embraces also the Çalış Natural Park-Bird Heaven in which 219 species are counted till today.
The Nomad Tent, from which the most romantic sun-set in the Mediterranean Sea is trailed, becomes the center with reviving the local culture, providing all alternatives of a joyful holiday and having all possibilities to entertain the local and the foreign guests.
If water sports especially wind-surfing are among your unexceptionable habits, Çalış is the ideal choice for you.