Fethiye doesn’t need to try so hard.
Wrapped around Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, the central port city is a jumping off point for popular gület cruises (traditional Turkish yachts). There’s an undercover pedestrian street with a canopy of colourful umbrellas. Another is called “Emoji Street” and is strung with an array of dangling yellow faces.
There are too many gift shops to count; some selling overpriced spices, others offering “genuine fakes”. But wherever you go in Turkey, Fethiye included, there’s fantastic food to be found.
Nazilli Pide, for example, is walking distance from the action with affordable Turkish pizzas. They’re stretched and baked in front of you, staff are friendly and the warm hospitality always concludes with tea.
Then there are the sights surrounding Fethiye, from the must-visit ghost town of Kayaköy, a whole village that was abandoned after the Greco-Turkish War, through to postcard-perfect Ölüdeniz Beach. The latter can be seen from along the Lycian Way, following a stop at the Amyntas Rock Tombs. The tombs are part of the Ancient City of Telmessos, which is all that was left intact following an earthquake in 1958.
Unless you’re after a resort holiday, you don’t need long to hit up Fethiye’s main attractions. Like everywhere in Turkey, the best way to break up a taste of the country’s history is with a taste of its food.