There is an international atmosphere in the tourist town of Fethiye. The town serves as a gateway to the inland country-side, and is probably unique in the world for having sarcophagus in the streets. The place has an excellent marina and is popular for having a good night life. The pre-Roman Lycian relics take on a spectacular sight in the floodlit night. Although the population of the town is around 50,000, there is a population surge due to off-shore residents coming here during high season from April to October as summers are spent here as their second homes.
Get in to Fethiye
There are direct connections by roads to other cities in the country from Fethiye, including Bodrum, Marmaris, Izmir, Antalya, and Istanbul, among others.
The nearest international airports to reach Fethiye are the Antalya or Dalaman. Antalya is about three hours drive while it takes about one hour from Dalaman to reach Fethiye.
Fethiye is connected with north (Marmaris, Akyaka, MuÄla and Southern Aegean) through D400 highway and also to east (Antalya), lying along the Lycian coast. However, a mountain road runs from Antalya through the sparse juniper woods going to inner Lycia via Korkuteli, although a branch also exists to Denizli on the north.
Car Hire Tips and Driving Rules
A convenient way to move around in Fethiye is with taxis. The cars can be hired right from near the hotels, supermarkets, and resorts. One can flag down a taxi on the street as well. You can also ask the hotel staff to book a taxi for you.
One good aspect of taxi services here is that drivers speak good English and it will be easier for you to tell where you want to go. The taxis have a yellow color on them and they have meters that determine the amount you have to pay for your travel. However, you can negotiate the price, especially when you are going for a long journey.
The prices for petrol are quite high in Turkey, and the best way to cut travelling costs is to get the services of car rental suppliers that also lease diesel cars.
A good number of companies exist that rent their cars. The charge depends on the duration of usage of the car. You need to have your passport and international driving license during signing process of the contract. Ensure that all the existing damage is noted in the contract before signing paperwork. Driving here is on the right. If you meet with an accident, call the car hire contractor.
Your age should be 22 years old or over with a driver’s license valid for a minimum of two years. Once you are handed the car, the responsibility of keeping the car in good condition and accident-free rests on you.
Sometimes, you could be stopped at entrances to villages and towns by local gendarmes. You need to show your valid international driving license, passport and the car documents. Hence you should make sure that all those papers are with you whenever you drive.