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Fethiye is one of the smaller holiday resorts in South-West Turkey. It is located on the Lycian and Carin borders. Sometimes it is hard to say, whether it is the last resort of the Mediterranean coastline or the first one of Aegean Sea. The whole region is covered with high mountains forming the south western spurs of the Taurus Range. These mountains exceed 2000 meters extend to the coastline. The Mediterranean climate with its hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters prevails in the region where temperatures are approximately 30°C in the summer and usually not less than 12°C in winters. Seawater temperature rarely drops below 17°C all year round.

The place of Fethiye was in ancient times known as Telmossos. It was a centre of prophecy pledged to God Apollon. The city life was rich and highly cultured during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. There are still monuments from these times. Today the majority of ancient ruins in Telmessos are rock-tombs, Lycian-type sarcophagi with epitaphs in the Lycian scripture, the fortress and the Roman Theatre.

Probably the most famous tomb is the one of Amyntas. It stands on the slope as you enter the bay. Its 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 on the place where the city was founded. Still existing walls are from the 11th century. There can be seen also portions of walls from the Roman period. The fortress was repaired by the Rhodesian Knights during the 15th Century and was used as a naval base. The Telmessos Ancient Theatre stands opposite the commercial quay at Fethiye town centre. The site was excavated by the Fethiye Archaeology Museum in 1993 and a restoration project implemented to renovate the theatre's cavea and stage. Fethiye Municipality and the Director of the Museum have run a new project since 2001-2002. They created an "open-air Museum complex within the ancient theatre”.

Besides tourism, agriculture is of major importance in the town. The climatic conditions allow all kinds of vegetables and fruit to be grown. Vegetables and industrial plants such as cotton, sesame, tobacco, and aniseed are the major sources of agricultural income. About 250,000 tons of tomatoes are produced and exported every year.

It is usually lazing on the beach that attracts most of the tourists. However, there are other activities they can do. There is the town market on Tuesdays and Souvenir shops are located around the Turkish bath and the old Mosque. In the peak season one can buy leather-goods, carpets, rugs, jewellery and other souvenirs. When one walks around, he can have a break for a cup of Turkish coffee or apple tea. Then there is the Archaeology Museum that exhibits numerous Archaeological finds from the Lycian, Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman periods. The seaport of Fethiye is a natural sheltered bay and therefore it is a popular stop for yachts and Gullets. One can also try parasailing, whitewater rafting or horseriding.

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