Fethiye is located on the Lycian and Carian border and was called Telmessos (Land of Lights) in ancient times. It too is a popular tourist destination, and like Marmaris is also extremely popular during summer. It also has a museum, a harbour and surrounding towns offering a variety of settings. For example, you’ll find the beautiful beach at Olu Deniz just 15 minutes away. As with many of the main towns you’ll also find remains of ancient rock-tombs, Lycian-type sarcophagi, the fortress and the Roman Theatre.
Fethiye is famous for the tomb of Amyntas, which is a large iconic tomb dominating the town from a position high up on a hill. This tomb, whose façade was built as an Ionic temple based on the plan of in Antis, belonged to Amyntas is believed to be a king or a governor of Telmessos during the Hellenistic period.
The fortress stands where the city was first founded, and the existing walls are from the 11th Century. At same places, portions of walls from the Roman period can be seen. The fortress was repaired by the Rhodesian Knights during the 15th Century and was used as a naval base.
The ancient theatre stands opposite to the commercial quay at Fethiye town centre. It’s a typical Roman type theatre and was built in the 2nd century on the remains of a Greek style theatre. The site was excavated by the Fethiye Archaeology Museum in 1993 and a restoration project was made to renovate the theatre’s cavea and stage.
The peninsula lying between Fethiye and Antalya was known as Lycia in ancient times. Lycians were natives of Anatolia and were a sea-faring people as mentioned in Homer’s Iliad and the treaty of Kadesh. Although there’s a limited historical record we do know they were culturally separate from the rest of the ancient world. Around twenty major Lycian sites remain today including unusual funerary architecture. Fethiye’s positon makes it an ideal hub to explore these sites.