The Oludeniz lagoon which has adorned a million picture postcards is now a protected area.To reach the lagoon pass the ‘Jandarma’ on the right and continue left to enter the public ‘Kum Burun’ area where a sand bank separates the sea from the inlet.There is a small entrance fee. The water is crystal-clear, shaded by trees and bushes opening onto small jetties from where pedallos can be hired. Alternatively one can swim across the lagoon entrance to snorkel around the rocks There is a buffet for light refreshments Taking the right fork after the Jandarma one reaches smaller private beaches on the inside of the lagoon….the choice is yours.
Lying two km to the east of the Oludeniz beach Kidrak is for those wishing to evade the crowds. The beach has fine shingle, offers basic refreshments and provides sun-beds with a few pine trees for extra shade. The water deepens fast and there is good snorkelling by the rocks. Intermittent Dolmus buses run from Oludeniz. If walking one climbs the steps at the end of the beach to walk along the road for 2 km.
5 Km to the west of Fethiye is the Calis Beach, four km of sands backed by a variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.The beach is famous for its sunsets and cool afternoon breezes.The sands are a fine dark grey…..as this is an area of igneous rock formations. Fethiye’s most important export Chrome was mined in the hills inland from Calis. To reach the beach one can walk 5 km west along the promenade from Fethiye, take a water taxi or use public Dolmus transport.
GUNLUKLU BEACH known for its Liquid Ambar forest is located on the airport road 16 Km from Fethiye
KATRANCI BEACH 14km from Fethiye off the road to the airport is a very popular beach surrounded by lush greenery and pines.
The above beaches become very crowded in mid-season Looking for a relaxed beach day where you are guaranteed a sun lounger with your own private space, good facilities, excellent food and peaceful surroundings there are two fabulous small privately-run beach clubs each in its own sandy cove just a ten minute drive east from the Fethiye marina . They both provide moorings for boats and water-sports. Alternatively if you are looking for complete isolation with only the waves as your companions, choose the wilderness of Patara…….
An hour’s drive east from Fethiye lie the windswept dunes of Patara, a pristine stretch of fine sands twenty one kilometres in length. It is possible to take public transport to the western end of the beach, walk the length to the east end and return to Fethiye by public transport from there.
There is just one challenge! Half way through the walk one reaches the estuary of the river Xanthos 100 metres wide. Though not deep the underfoot sands are in continual motion….ie one needs to know how to swim!
No worries….there is a little cafe at the estuary from where the faint-hearted can find transport.
The western end of Patara…..no entrance fee, good parking, nearby dolmus stop, and basic shaded cafe with facilities.
The real bonus is the snow-cold fresh water which flows 20 metres wide out from a spring in the rocks behind the shoreline … From here walk east along the sands for half an hour to reach a small outcrop in the sea, a miniature island where sand lilies grow . Wade across and enjoy the clear velvet warmth of the waves flurrying round the lea-side of the island.
The eastern end of Patara……there is an entrance fee for both beach and archaeological site of the port of Patara…. ( not applicable to anyone arriving across the sands)
This beach has sun-beds and a buffet. The extensive Hellenistic and Roman site is partly excavated with some restoration and good signposting. This was Lycia’s most important port…..
Tradition has it that:
…..the boat on which St Paul was travelling on his last journey )
…..St Nicholas of Myra (Father Christmas) was born and studied in a monastery above the site.
This is a 'finished' picture of the famous Patara Lighthouse now being restored after 30 years of hard work collecting and measuring the 2500 pieces which were part of the 26 metre high tower. Constructed in 64 AD under the Emperor Nero the tower toppled during a Tsunami in 1481. As you can see sand-dunes now stretch where the sea once met the river Xanthos.