When planning family holidays, Turkey instantly springs to mind as a contender. There is so much to see and do, and whether you choose to holiday in the exotic capital, Istanbul, or opt for a more relaxing stay in a coastal resort, family holidays to Turkey will never disappoint. One of the best things about Turkey is its accessibility and no matter where you stay, even those with young families will find it easy to explore the neighbouring areas. Olu Deniz is one of the most popular family resorts in the Aegean and an ideal place to base yourself; and if you do find yourself there on your family holidays, Turkey has another little secret up her sleeve – Fethiye.
Fethiye is only a short distance from the more popular resorts along the Turkish coast, but some people prefer its more relaxed atmosphere for their family holidays. Turkey is renowned for its hospitality and the warm welcome it extends to visitors, and nowhere is this more evident than Fethiye. Whilst retaining an authentic and traditional feel, there is still enough to do to keep the entire family entertained. Whether your family is into sun-worshipping and sailing, or history and horse-riding, Fethiye can take care of everyone.
Along the Waterfront
You may choose to spend your entire family holiday on the beach and in Fethiye, the temptation to do just that is extremely great! Although sunbathing and swimming will be high on the agenda of family holidays, Turkey offers more than just a dip in the sea and a paddle in the shallows. Around Fethiye you will discover not only some of the most stunning beaches on the Turkish Coast, you will also find some of the most enjoyable ways to maximise your fun in the sun. Diving, snorkelling, kayaking and paragliding are just some of the activities on offer and, coupled with the wide sandy beaches and warm inviting waters, are an irresistible option.
Of course, if parents want to escape for a little ‘me time’ on their family holidays in Turkey, they can always leave the kids to their own devices and take a relaxing stroll around the harbour in Fethiye. With a charming backdrop of bobbing yachts against the glittering azure ocean, you can while away an afternoon or an evening in a tiny restaurant and watch the locals go about their business.
Delve into History
In its day, Fethiye was one of the most significant towns on the Lycian Way. Formerly named Telmessos, it was the centre of prophecy and a bustling centre of culture. Wherever you base yourself for your family holidays, Turkey will astound you with a diverse and rich tapestry of history and Fethiye is no exception. The entire family can enjoy excursions to visit the many fascinating relics dotted around the town. A history lesson can take on a whole new meaning when you get to experience the actual site of such important events, and you will have no trouble getting the children to come along. Of particular interest in Fethiye is the amazing rock tomb of Amyntas with its impressive facade cut into the hillside behind the town; as well as many other smaller sarcophagi in the unique Lycian style which date back to the 4th Century.