The legacy of ancient Telmessos, founded at least as early as the 4th century BC, is everywhere you look in modern-day Fethiye. You’ll probably pass an ancient stone sarcophagus or two as you make your way to the Fethiye Museum, which showcases sculptures, ceramics and other artifacts found here and at several other archaeological sites in the region. Then hike up to the monumental rock-cut tombs above town for a glimpse of how the Lycians honored their dead, and for fabulous views of the surrounding area.
One of the top reasons to come to Fethiye is of course the great beaches along this stretch of Mediterranean coast. Nearby Ölüdeniz is the biggest draw, with its marvelous Blue Lagoon that offers extraordinary scenery and nearly placid waters. Thanks to Babadağ towering just behind it, Ölüdeniz is also one of Turkey’s premier paragliding destinations, and even if you don’t want to fly, it’s exciting to watch.