It is assumed that Fethiye, in the bay of the same name was founded as a Lycian city, called Telmessos. Legend has it that Apollo fell in love with the youngest daughter of the king of Phoenicus Agenor but the girl was so shy that she didn’t respond so Apollo transformed himself into a cute puppy and made her love him. They had a son and they named the baby Telmessos; and the ancient city was named after their son. The city has witnessed Lycian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Fethiye was famous for the diviners. The father of Alexander the Great sent for a diviner from Fethiye to have his dream interpreted and captured the city without a war or debris in accordance with the interpretation.
The present name of the city, Meğri in Ottoman time, was given after the martyr pilot, Fethi Bey, in 1934. The historic city is now a center for nature tourism.
Modern Fethiye is located near the ancient city where the rock tombs, the theatre, the city museum are cultural places worth seeing. Although most of the monuments in the city are ruined by an earthquake in the Republican era, the rock tombs on the hillside still stand in grandeur.
Fethiye Bay, with its splendid inlets and beaches, offers a wonderful holiday. Moreover, boat tours are made to surrounding islands and inlets.
Kayaköy, the Blue Lagoon, Bel -ceğiz beach, Babadağ, Saklikent and the ancient cities of Cadianda, Tlos, Pmara, Letoon, Xanthos, and Patara around Fethiye are historic and natural sites which make fascinating excursions. The Blue Lagoon, Babadağ and Belceğiz are National Parks. Babadağ, where you can perform hang-gliding down the beach offers a splendid view of the Lagoon. The harmony of the shades of blue and green makes you say “The sea is both blue and green; yet it is neither of them.” Saklikent (the Hidden City), as its name reveals, is a mysterious canyon which has traces of a settlements.