FETHIYE and AROUND
Fethiye (Telmessos) rests on a broad Mediterranean bay (map) boasting some of Turkey's best beaches and yachting. Plenty of hotels provide a place to stay, and Dalaman Airport makes access fairly easy.
The wide swath of Çalis Beach, several kilometers long, is only 5 km (3 miles) northeast of Fethiye (maps). Ölüdeniz, perhaps Turkey's most beautifully-situated beach, is 8.5 km (5.3 miles) south of Fethiye, over the hills. Both beaches have their own selections of hotels and restaurants.
Besides the beach, visitors like the day-long 12-Island yacht cruise of the bay, especially the stop at Gemile Island, covered in unrestored Byzantine ruins. Boats depart every day in the warm months from Fethiye's busy yacht harbor.