Göcek, being one of the most popular tourist destinations of Turkey and the South Aegean with its legendary nature, attracts many with its amazingly blue bays and the magnificent sea. Göcek, almost a paradise with its sparkling turquoise sea, lush pine forests, and beaches, is one of the must-have routes of blue voyage regulars. The town, which is also frequented by nature lovers and international yachtsmen, has become very popular also with holidaymakers in recent years. Besides, Göcek Marina is declared among one of the most popular marinas in the world through its sheltered structure against the strong winds The town, located 22 km away from the Dalaman International Airport and 30 km away from Fethiye, is one of Turkey’s most attractive holiday resorts with its location and mild climate. For those who want to relax and explore while watching the sunset in the most beautiful bays; Göcek will be the right address for you.
You will see the “İnlice Beach” exit on the way to Fethiye, 3 km after Göcek and you can take the minibuses departing in front of the Municipality building during the day, to go there. The beach is 800 m away from the D-Marin.
There are many bays and beaches on the Göcek – Fethiye route. This particular bay is a fascinating natural wonder surrounded by sweetgum trees, which are resistant to sunlight. Günlüklü Bay Beach, which is 1 km inland from the Göcek – Fethiye highway, is also covered with sweetgum (Günlük) trees.
There are regular shuttles from Fethiye to the bay during the summer season. Those seeking tranquility can follow the pathway on the coast of Katrancı to reach Kızlar Bay; another unique natural beauty.
Being one of the popular beaches of Fethiye, Çalış Beach is a good spot for surfing with good windward. There are also places for shopping, restaurants, and cafes with music on the beach. The view of Fethiye and Şovalye Island from the cape of Çalış Beach is worth seeing. There are a regular bus and minibus service to the beach which is 4 km from Fethiye.
The city, where urban construction is kept under strict surveillance, is one of the most beautiful holiday resorts. History, culture, beaches, water sports as well as Turkey’s best paragliding facilities can be accessed here. Nightlife in the Paspatur region, Fethiye Castle located in the city center, Amintas King Tombs, Historical Amphitheater by the seaside, Paspatur historical bazaar, Fish market, local market set up on Tuesdays, the village market set up on Fridays and the Fethiye promenade are the city landmarks, definitely worth visiting.
In Fethiye Museum, archaeological artifacts belonging to the Bronze, Archaic, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods as well as Hinge, Ottoman, and ethnographic artifacts from the recent period are exhibited. It can be visited between 08.00-17.00 every day except Mondays.
Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea)
You will reach the unique Dead sea – the sparkling, clear sea, not hosting even a single seaweed at the bottom, after you walk along the beach promenade lying through Belcekız Bay for 14km, surrounded by the pine trees. There is a water sports (canoe, parasailing, water ski, banana) facility on the beach.
If you go further 5 km after Hisarönü Village, you will reach Kayaköy, an old Greek village. After the War of Independence, the inhabitants of the village have migrated to Greece. The village, where 25 thousand people have resided until 1922, now has a population of 2000 on the plateau. However, the houses are voiceless without any doors and windows where the old village was located. Some houses located on the lower side of the village have been re-decorated and one of the residents here is a painter from Istanbul who spends half of the year in this village. Another resident is a Captain, who lives here alone with his dog and chickens. This village, full of history, always attracts visitors.
Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterfly Valley)
One of the most fascinating places around Fethiye is the Butterfly Valley. It fascinates tourists to see billions of butterflies covering the rocks, the trunks, and the leaves of the trees like a shawl. You can reach the Valley after passing through the Dead Sea. You can go down to the beach of the valley with a private rental or a shuttle boat. There are 2 paths in Butterfly Valley at the foothills of Babadağ Mountain, at an altitude of 2000 meters. One goes to the waterfalls, the other to Faralya Village. There is no accommodation on the valley beach. In the summer, a country-style restaurant is set up on the beach. Operators guide the visitors towards the valley.
Cadianda, with its Lycian name, is Cadavanti, is located near Yeşil Üzümlü sub-district, 20 km from Fethiye. It is known that the city with a history dating back to the 5th century BC, was a very lively and rich settlement during the Roman Empire period. There are 4 Lycian-type tombs at the northern entrance of the city, surrounded by a wall built with irregular stones at an altitude of 600 meters from the sea. Three of the tombs thought to have been built in the 4th century BC are of the home type and are in ruins today. Carved from a single rock, a man is lying on the sofa on the south face of the 4th tomb, and a horseman figure attacking his opponent with a spear and shield on the north side. The first structures encountered at the northern entrance of the Acropolis are the remains that are thought to belong to a Doric style temple and the remains of a chipped stone bathhouse built by Emperor Vespasianus from the Roman Period. Although most of the seats in the western part of the small theater, which is located on the slopes of the hill where the city was founded, are intact, the stage part has been destroyed. In the center of the city, the ruins scattered in an 9 meters wide and 900 meters long from west to east, belong to the ancient city stadium since many inscriptions uncovered in the excavations mention the athletic festivals that have been held in Candianda. The sculptural bases around the stadium, that are thought to belong to successful athletes, also confirm this idea.
Saklıkent can be reached by exiting the Fethiye-Antalya road towards Kemer. You will reach Tlos after 13 km and Saklıkent after 21 km. There is a fee for canyon entrance. Eşen stream babbles after 100m inside and comes out to the earth. You can enjoy the roaring water at the restaurant located here. If you want, you can cross the ice-cold water to the opposite shore and proceed into the depths of the 18 km canyon. Do not forget to take your plastic shoes with you as the bottom of the water is stony. There is also a plastic shoe store at the entrance of the canyon.
Göcek is 35 km from Dalyan now a cute holiday village, on the shore of the fjord type natural canal which used to be called as ‘Calbis’ in ancient times, which connects Köycegiz Lake to the sea. The urbanization and dense construction, which increased during the years when tourism started to develop rapidly, was taken under control in 1998 when the region was declared as ‘Special Environmental Protection Area’. The town kept its natural state for many years with no exploitation and is still far from excessive construction. But unfortunately, there is almost nothing left of the old buildings! It is a great holiday village, especially for day trips with many hotels, pensions, and restaurants located in the center and at the entrance. Dalyan has taken its name from the natural canals here and the canal fishing which has been practiced for centuries. Gray mullet is the common fish, being served at the restaurants in the area at a much more affordable price than you can find elsewhere. If you want to buy mullets, you can buy them from the co-op. (On the Dalyan – Iztuzu canal road) where the prices are also very affordable.
It is also a popular tourism center due to its proximity to Dalaman Airport, attracting a lot of attention with its 7 km long beach, shallow sea, and the Baba Island slightly offshore.
Yuvarlak Çay (stream)
Sandras, 2294 meters high, is the highest mountain in the Muğla region where there are two “best- kept secrets’’ at the foothills. The Topgözü Canyon, which has a depth of 400 meters and a gap of 300 meters, and Yuvarlak Stream, which irrigates the citrus storage lowlands in summer, inspires health and well-being with its lush vegetation and clean air. The snow, which comes out of the rocks and meets the daylight, turns into a waterfall that one cannot get enough of watching. Words are not enough to describe this place but only; “a natural miracle” suffices with its down lands, plateau, canyon, and waterfall. It is located on the skirts of Sandras Mountain, located on the ridges of Köyceğiz.