A green peninsula of Fethiye stands out for its extremelly clean environment, wonderful air and climate. On one side it is washed by the sea and on the other protected by mountains covered with pine-tree groves. You can choose to have a comfortable living complex here surrounded by magnificent forests and purest waters.
Properties in Fethiye are usually low-rise and there are not many buildings around (usually these are villas or townhouses not higher than three storeys). Apartments in Fethiye are situated at the coast line (in a world-known district of Çalış with cleanest pebble beach). Elite villas are located in the mountains or by the lakes. Intended coastline has lots or bays and groups of islands which makes a perfect basis for yacht-tourism development. The region is also famous for its magnificent sea and underwater tuff caves especially attractive for diving-lovers. And in the outskirts of Fethiye, close to the town of Ölü Deniz there is a unique nature reserve called ‘The Blue Lagoon’.
Fethiye has for a long time been attracting those who appreciate family holidays as well as the investors from all over the world. Its real estate as well as the real estate of Bodrum, Kemer or Belek is very popular and asked-for.
Real estate in Bodrum also will let you enjoy the sea and the sun in the natural bay of the city, discover rock necropolis, the ruins of the knightly castle, hike the Babadağ mountain and other sights in the city and its outskirts. RestProperty will help you to make a choice!
If you visited this comfortable quiet resort at least once, it is impossible not to fall in love with the place. Fethiye has equipped marina for yachts, and hosts diving bases – divers have taken fancy to these places of incredible beauty near underwater caves a long time ago, therefore expansion of this resort will continue even further. If you love active holidaying, real estate in Fethiye will give you loads of opportunities to spend time with advantage and pleasure.
Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the city, e.g. the Hellenistic theatre by the main quay.
Telmessos was the most important city of Lycia, with a recorded history starting in the 5th century BC.
A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows: The god Apollo falls in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenicia, Agenor. He disguises himself as a small dog and thus gains the love of the shy, withdrawn daughter. After he reappears as a handsome man, they have a son, whom they name 'Telmessos' (the land of lights). The city became part of the Persian Empire after the invasion of the Persian general Harpagos in 547 BC, along with other Lycian and Carian cities. Telmessos then joined the Attic-Delos Union established in mid-5th century BC. and, although it later left the union and became an independent city, continued its relations with the union until the 4th century BC.
The oracle of Telmessos, devoted to Apollo, had great impact on the course of ancient history.
Legend says that Alexander the Great, on a mission to invade Anatolia in the winter of 334–333 BC, entered Telmessos harbor with his fleet. The commander of the fleet, Nearchus, asks permission of King Antipatrides of Telmessos for his musicians and slaves to enter the city. On getting the permission, the warriors with weapons hidden in the flute boxes capture the acropolis during the feasts held at night.
Very little is known of the city during Byzantine times. Surviving buildings attest to considerable prosperity during late Antiquity, but most were abandoned in the 7th–8th centuries due to the Arab-Byzantine Wars. The city was fortified in the 8th century, and appears as "Telmissos or Anastasioupolis" cca 800. By the 10th century, the ancient name was forgotten and it became known as Makre or Makri (Μάκρη, "long one"), from the name of the island at the entrance to the harbour. In the 12th–13th centuries there are signs of renewed prosperity: the city walls were enlarged, a report from 1106 names Makre a centre for perfume production, and geographical works from the 13th century describe the city as a commercial centre. The area fell to the Turks in the late 12th or early 13th century.
Telmessos was ruled by the Anatolian beylik of Menteşe starting in 1284, under the name Megri. It became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1424.
The town grew considerably in the 19th century, and had a large Greek population at this time. Following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the Greeks of Makri were sent to Greece where they founded the town of Nea Makri (New Makri) in Greece. The town was resettled with Turks from Greece.
In 1934, the city was renamed 'Fethiye' in honour of Fethi Bey, one of the first pilots of the Ottoman Air Force, killed on an early mission.
Fethiye has experienced many earthquakes. Last significant ones date to 1957 and 1961, with 67 casualties and 3200 damaged buildings after the 25.04.1957 earthquake. The town has been rebuilt since then and now has a modern harbour and a marina.