The charming town of Fethiye is a fantastic destination to stop in during your dream sailing holiday in Turkey. With many great restaurants and beaches, a vibrant nightlife scene and ample opportunities to experience the local cultural, historical and natural sights, Fethiye is one of the most popular towns along the Turkish coast. Fethiye retains its laidback Turkish atmosphere, but it continues to prosper as one of the hottest spots on the western Mediterranean. Its fantastic marina draws lovers of the sea from all over, and is continuously overflowing with luxury yachts during the summer months.
Fethiye’s natural harbour is one of the most beautiful along this region of coastline, and the popularity of traditional gulet sailing holidays draw visitors to its waters from April through to October. Scattered with beautiful islands and secluded bays and coves, the protected waters of the Gulf of Fethiye make it one of the most perfect sailing destinations in the Mediterranean – especially in a classic gulet! The Gulf of Fethiye is full of gorgeous islands to explore that sit only a short sail off the coast, providing travellers with an abundance of island options for day trips and secluded anchorages.
Fascinating Lycian Rock Tombs and a medieval fortress sit in impressive natural canyons on the hill and gaze down upon Fethiye bay below, creating a dramatic sight for visitors. You can even take the Lycian Way walking trail and hike to the top to also experience Fethiye’s beauty from up above.
Just a short sail south of Fethiye is Oludeniz, a landlocked beauty of a bay, with its famous blue lagoon, long sandy beaches and lush national park. And just a short sail further lie some other incredible coastal destinations, such as Cold Water Bay, Kas, Kekova Roads, Wall Bay and Tomb Bay, each with stunning, secluded anchorages and lovely marinas to relax in.
Fethiye town is situated neatly around a beautiful coastal amphitheatre, and in amongst its streets hides a shopper’s paradise; from leather goods to excellent food at the local markets, you’ll find everything you need. Not only is Fethiye perfect for shoppers, but it’s natural environment offers an abundance of outdoor activities to keep the adrenalin junkie occupied. From paragliding and canyon climbing to hiking and deep-sea diving, sailing in gorgeous Fethiye will never be lacking excitement.
The nearest airport to Fethiye is Dalaman, about 45-minutes away. From here, Fethiye is easily accessed by bus transfer, and is also well connected to the rest of Turkey and Europe through bus lines. The coastal highway curls through Fethiye, heading south past Kalkan and Kas and all the way to Antalya, but if you’re looking for a more direct route, the inland D400 highway is a much faster option, especially in the summer months.
Fethiye’s beautiful natural harbour, excellent marina and stunning beaches make it an ideal stopping point as you sail Turkey. Sailing the coast of Fethiye on a classic Turkish gulet is one of the most authentic sailing holidays there is, so start browsing now and prepare for the sailing holiday of a lifetime!