Just 11 km from Dalaman airport and 38 km from Gocek, Sarıgerme boasts a 12km long, fine, yellow sand beach and clear blue sea, which is ideal for water sports.
45km from Gocek, near the 3000 year-old Royal tombs and the ancient city of Caunos, the Dayan delta boasts more than 180 different species of birds including the colourful long-beaked kingfisher.
Situated on the south of the Dalyan delta, Iztuzu Beach, 50km from Gocek, has fresh water on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. This beach is a natural phenomenon that has received its second award for preserving nature. With its extremely fine yellow sand and crystal clear water, it is the place where Caretta-Caretta turtles leave their eggs.
Kaunos / Köyceğiz – Dalyan
Caunos, only 50 km from Gocek is an antique city on the border between Lycia and Caria. It was founded by and named after one of the twin sons of Miletos and in ancient times was a port, but now it lies inland. It has the remains of a 3km city wall, a stoa, an agora, a fountain, baths, a theatre and a temple.
The Lake and settlement of Koyceğiz, 60km from Gocek, on the north side of the Dalyan delta, date back to 3400 BC. The first rulers were the Carians, followed by Scythians, Assurians, Ionians, Dorians, Achaeans, Persians, Hellenes, Seleucians, Romans, Seljuks, Menteşoğulları and the Ottomans. The ancient city of Caunos lies where the lake joins the Mediterranean. The major historic sites to be seen here include the remains of an acropolis, the towers of Harab and Susan and various temples.
Founded on the ancient Xanthos River, 75 km from Gocek, this extraordinary water source is referred to in mythological stories. Today, some remains of the Araxa city walls, a hamam and a Byzantine aqueduct may be seen within the boundaries of Oren village.
Göcek’e 18 km uzaklıkta Muğla – Fethiye karayolu üzerindedir. Denize kadar uzanan sık çam ağaçları ile kaplı koy, mavi ve yeşilin en güzel uyumunu sergiler. Koyda orman içi dinlenme alanı olup, duş, WC, kabin, içme suyu, büfe, kameriye, otopark gibi hizmetler mevcuttur. İdeal bir çadırlı kamping ve mesire yeridir.
Reach Gemiler Island by boat from Olüdeniz or Gemiler Bay and explore the Byzantine ruins of a monastery dating from 5-11 AD, which was once the home of St Nicholas. A climb to the top of the island to watch the sunset is a must if you go here.
80 km from Gocek, Tlos once bore the title under the Roman empire of ‘the very brilliant metropolis of the Lycian nation‘ and was the home of the mythological winged horse Pegasus. Today it is a well well-preserved site with spectacular views and an Acropolis, Stadium, Roman Bath complex, amphitheatre and tomb of Bellorophonte all worthy of exploring.
Letoon / Bozoluk-Kınık
Letoon is 90 km from Gocek and was in its day, a holy city dedicated to the Goddess Leto. Located at Kumluova Village and 4 km from Xanthos, it is known that holy ceremonies were performed here by the priests of the temples of Leto, Artemis and Apollon. Archaeological excavations since 1962 have also discovered early Christian churches.
Pınara / Minare Köyü
Pınara, in the foothills of Akda, 55 km from Fethiye, was one of the largest cities in Lycia. Known as the place where the first beauty contest was held and is considered important for its unusual architecture, in particular the temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. The necropolis is unique as it has hundreds of pigeon-hole type public tombs.
Kayaköy / Fethiye
Kayakoy, 55km from Gocek, is a settlement built by the Greeks of Asia Minor in the 14th Century on the ruins of ancient Karmillassos. Its former name was Levissi. The village is a source of pride in the region because of its tradition of coexistence with the five surrounding Turkish villages, in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood. Under the exchange of population agreement of 1923, the Greeks of Kayakoy were exchanged with Turks living in Western Thrace.
Cadianda / Üzümlü
Cadianda, 25km from Gocek is known for being the last town to join the Lycian Federation. Built with an unusual physical structure, it has suffered considerable damage by the forces of nature. Fine examples of Cyclops Walls, a sports complex, theatre and Heroon like temple tombs are all well worth seeing, as are the magnificent views out over Fethiye.
Telmessos Antique Theatre / Fethiye
Ancient sources refer to a great theatre at Telmessos. In 1993, during excavations carried out by Fethiye Museum, seating from the theatre was discovered at a depth of 3-4 metres. Subsequent work through to 1995 revealed all the surviving remains of this theatre. Constructed in the early Roman era and restored in the 2nd Century AD, it is known to have had a capacity of 5,000 and to have been used as an arena in Byzantine times. A project to restore the theatre, with a seating capacity of 1,500, has been completed. It is 35 km away from Gocek.
Rock Tombs / Fethiye
The 4th Century BC Lycian rock tombs located in the town of Fethiye, 35 km from Gocek, attract much attention. These tombs carved out of natural rock have become the symbol of the city. The most beautiful and impressive is that of Amintas, which is accessed by a long stairway. It can be seen from below and its splendour becomes increasingly evident as one approaches. In the centre of the left-hand column is written, in the alphabet of the 4th century BC, ‘Amintas, son of Herpamias’. There are quite a few sarcophagi worth seeing in the region, the most important being the one from the Lycian age. It rises strikingly out of the sea and has an arched, Gothic-style quadrangular cover on its two-storey façade, decorated to resemble wooden beams. Each side has frescoes depicting wars and these are thought to be illustrative of the life of the person to whom it belonged.
Described as “God’s gift of heaven on earth” Olüdeniz lies on a 3km long beach. Swimming here is amazing. The water in this natural lagoon is both light and dark blue and green, as well as warm and calm for 10 months of the year. It is a favourite for both locals and tourists. Olüdeniz and Belcekız beach, separated by Kumburnu, are 60 km from Gocek. There are many guest houses and restaurants in Belcekız and the pristine sandy beach of Kıdrak, shaded by pine trees, is just 3km from here.
Butterfly Valley / Kelebek Vadisi
This fascinating canyon, 5-7 km from Olüdeniz and 65 km from Gocek, surrounded by 350m mountains, takes its name from the butterflies (including the Jersey Tiger), which live here from July until September. This paradise, with its small waterfalls, its pink-flowering oleanders, its wide beach, clear sea and sparkling pebbles, can all be reached by boat from Olüdeniz. The valley, which is a meeting point for travellers of the world, has camping facilities, a restaurant with bar and roof terrace, as well as showers and cabins.
Saklıkent, the hidden city, is 85 km from Gocek and a unique natural phenomenon concealed in a magnificent canyon beside the Karaçay River. It separates the Mugla and Antalya provinces, is 18km long and rises to heights of 600m in places. This spot with its vertical, precipitous rocks, pine trees and clear running spring waters, offers outdoor sports enthusiasts rock-climbing, trekking and swimming.