FETHIYE GAY TRAVEL GUIDE
 

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GENERAL INFO

 

Fethiye is a town of Mugla Province of Turkey, located at the junction of Aegean & Mediterranean seas. Modern day Fethiye is built on the ancient city of Telmessos, ruins of which can be seen in the city. It is one of Turkey's well-known tourist centers and is especially prized during the summer. There are no gay-exclusive venues in Fethiye, but just like similar tourism towns and cities of Turkey, Fethiye also has a very liberal life and  consequently visited by a considerable number of local and foreign gay tourists in Summer season.
 

Fethiye from Rock Tombs

Market street in old Fethiye

Deserted "Ghost City" Kayakoy



Visitor feedbacks for gay life in Fethiye:
*Typical of small towns there is no such thing as a 'gay life' in Fethiye, however visiting gays are treated with respect and all bars and restaurants are accepting. I believe there is a British gay bar in town but generally everyone blends in. (10 June 2008)

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BARS AND CLUBS


Exclusive Gay Bars and Clubs in Fethiye:

In fact, there are no gay-exclusive or explicitly gay-friendly bars or clubs in Fethiye, despite several places have been mentioned as gay bars on some internet forums. Nevertheless, the nightlife in Fethiye is very liberal and most bars and clubs would be very welcoming and friendly to gay and lesbian clients. It is very likely to come across with several gays and lesbians when you go out to discover the night life casually.

Visitor Feedbacks:
 

The Boyz - Kısmet Bar

"Kismeth bar is a gay friendly bar owned by two Englishmen. The bar is located near the promenade close to the blue building" (Posted by Ruud from Netherlands on 18-08-2012)

For more details about this bar please see: www.kismetbar.com/

Welcome to Kismet Bar, Fethiye. Situated in the heart of Fethiye, alongside the harbour, Kismet opened its doors in November 2006 and has proved itself to be a popular drinking place for both tourists and locals alike. Also read other reviews at Trip Advisor

 

"I haven't heard of gay bars as such but I have met gay people in and around Fethiye and they are very much accepted they don't have any problems. Mango in Fethiye has a resident drag artist called Pasha so i suppose that place must attract some gay people as well as the straight people who enjoy the entertainment." (10-06-2006)

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Other Popular None-Gay Bars and Night Clubs:

Talk of The Town / Hisaronu

Address: Main Street, Hisaronu, Fethiye, Mugla
Talk of the town is the popular night club famous with very professional drag-shows especially. It is located on the main street of Hisaronu, Oludeniz. Hisaronu is located very close to Oludeniz beach area and can be reached from downtown Fethiye with frequent, comfortable and cheap public minivans. Many tourists chose to stay in Hisaronu for being close to the Oludeniz beach and it has its own entertainment and night life. Many British people also have houses and lives constantly in Hisaronu and the vicinity. 

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Car Cemetary
Address: Hamam Sokak. No:33,Fethiye,  Phone: +90 252 612 78 72
Cool bar playing a mixture of Turkish Music, Rock and dance. The seats outside are very comfortable and the bar staff are very friendly. As the name suggests the outside of the bar has two cars coming out of the wall.

Mango Bar
Address: Hamam Sokak, No: 29 Fethiye, Turkey
A small indoor dance club, sometimes featuring live Turkish music, is Mango Bar. Especially recommended for those who likes younger crowd.


Reviews about this venue:

"I may have had 2.. TWO bad situations at MANGO in Fethiye... but the first time I attempted to get into the venue, the "bouncer/security/thug" looked at my footwear.... Vuitton shoe/trainers.... and told me that the club was full... the door opened and it evidently was NOT. The second time... again, my footwear was closely scrutinized .. and presumably passed some sort of "test" .... and as a group of arriving people were let in in front of me WITHOUT paying..... I was asked if I was alone. When I said Yes.... I was told that I had to have a ticket, which I would have to pay for. I don't think I've witnessed such appalling manners and attitude since the awful days of "door whores" in London. Maybe I was deemed to be TOO OLD (at 36) to be allowed access to this hallowed sanctuary? A real shame, as I was searching for a great venue to bring a group of very wealthy friends who wanted something a little more "upmarket" than some of the other... MUCH more welcoming bars in the Paspatur area. IF Mango has some strange sort of door policy... it certainly should be explained. Hence.... I CANNOT recommend this bar.... CAR CEMETARY, on the other hand... was welcoming, fun, great attitude and a fantastic live band."(Posted by Alan M from U.K on August 21st 2013)

River Bar Centre (Saklikent Gorge) - There are two bars here where you can laze on rafts, dangle your feet in the river and enjoy an ice cold beer after your hike in the gorge. It is also possible to sleep overnight here for free on the rafts or for a few dollars in the tree-houses, a good idea if your planning to do a lot of the gorge.

Eski Bar (Hisaranu) - Next to La Mediteranee, this bar is a good place to have a few beers or cocktails in day time or early evenings when you want to to waste away some time.
Visitor Feedbacks:
"It's a great bar, lots of fun, gay community very welcome, and i even met one haha :)" (Posted by Kirsty from UK on 09/06/2009)

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RESTAURANTS & CAFE SHOPS


Gay or Gay-Friendly Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Fethiye:

Swallows Restaurant
Address: Hisaronu, Fethiye, Turkey.
This venue is reported by a website visitor as below:
Visitor Feedback: "Owner, is not gay but has gay friends and is very gay friendly. Food is variety of Turkish and International. As the owner is a chef himself he can do requests if they are not busy. Extensive menu. Situated in Hisaronu centre, upstairs overlooking the main street, great for people watching, great atmosphere." (02/01/2009)

Visitor feedbacks:
"This restaurant has now moved. Same owner but it has moved down onto the nearby beach resort of Oludeniz. On the main road leading to the beach, a couple of hundred yards from the beach. Everything else is the same" (February 20 2011)


Other Popular Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Fethiye:

Samdam - 0252 614 28 68
Traditional Turkish restaurant with cheap food.

Zeki Restaurant -
 Eski Megri Sokak No. 7, Paspatur, Fethiye. (0252) 61435 85
Traditional family run restaurant. Excellent food and warm and friendly welcome always. Great atmosphere. They are open all year round. Try the delicious 'Testi Kepabi' an authentic Turkish dish, you will be back for more. It is served to your table in a sealed crock pot and cracked open and served on the table -

Cafe Oley -
38. Sokak (bazaar street) No:4 Fethiye -  (0252) 612 9532
Great place to start the day with superb salads and refreshing smoothies.

The Duck Pond -
Carsi ici (bazaar),  Fethiye. 0252 614 74 29
Beautiful restaurant situated next to a duck pond! The food is very tasty and the service is extremely attentive. If you can't manage to eat all on your plate, the ducks seem only happy to oblige!

Megri -
Carsi Caddesi No: 13
Turkish and Ottoman cuisine restaurant in the centre of the bazaar with loads of seats, if you want to sit in the centre by the trees its advisable to make a reservation. The food is a bit more pricey than some of the other places but is well worth it.

Shine Indian Restaurant -
Hisaronu, Fethiye  - (0252) 616 6467
Shine Indian Restaurant has got to be the place to go when looking for something with just that special touch extra. Brilliant staff who are so attentive to every diners needs whether choice from menu, strength of spices to even where to sit!

Levissi Garden -
Kayakoy, Fethiye  Web: www.levissigarden.com
The setting is so atmospheric with the ruined village as a backdrop. They also fetch from hotels and drop back at the end of the evening. The experience starts with a tour of the whole place, then comes the wine tasting. Then you are taken to your table. The food is fabulous. The wine can be expensive. Ask the price when you are tasting and choosing.

Visitor feedbacks:

*Eating out is a pleasurable experience in Fethiye. For fish lovers the open air courtyard style Fish Market provides daily catch to the restaurants located in the courtyard. Simply chose your fish and restaurant, then enjoy. Be warned – you could be serenaded by local musicians/singers. (10 Jun 2008)


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BLUE MOVIE & CINEMAS


Gay Friendly Cinemas in Fethiye:
There is no considerable information we obtained so far which is worth listing under this category.

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SAUNA AND BATHS


Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Fethiye:
There is not any considerable information obtained for listing under this section so far.
Please note that most owners of action places such as cinemas, baths and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay websites or guide books even if they want them to come to their venues for business reasons
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Other Recommended Sauna or Bath Houses in Fethiye:
Not necessarily in order to find partners, a visit to a historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for gay tourists visiting Turkey. The following ones are recommended (none-gay) baths in Fethiye in order not to miss this exotic experience.


OLD TURKISH BATH
Address:
Paspatur (old harbour) Fethiye.
Web: http://www.oldturkishbath.com
This is the popular historical Turkish bath in town.  The Turkish Bath, together with the Mosque situated nearby, were built by Yavuz Sultan Selim in the 16th Century.
 

Visitor feedbacks:
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The historical Turkish bath in Fethiye is located Paspatur known as the "Old City". Another bath is near the Bus Terminal, operating throughout the year. In addition, some touristic hotels in the center of the town and at Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Ovacik and Çalis have traditionally built Turkish baths. (September 2008)

KAYA HAMAMI
Address:
Garaj karsisi, Fethiye. See Google Map
Located somewhere across the intercity bus terminal (Otobus Garaji). This is a less touristic Turkish bath, catering to local people more.


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BEACHES & CRUISING AREAS


Gay Cruising and Gay Beaches in Fethiye:
 

Paragliding over Oludeniz

In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the people they meet. It is always possible to come across to some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.

There is not a very visible cruising area in Fethiye but the major park and, waterfront near the marina and especially around Paspatur
(night life area near old harbor) can get cruisy after dark. Ugur Mumcu Park near the harbour-wall has been recommended as the best cruising spot of Fethiye in a message we received from a local person in January 2011. Cruising in the neighborhood of the big monument (Sehitler Aniti) in the park is said to be more visible in the evenings. There are also no gay beaches in and around Fethiye. Actually there are no beaches at the very centre of Fethiye where the pretty waterfront promenade leads past the fishing harbour, marina and port, which where you can see few cruising gay men usually in the evenings. 

The nearest beach of Fethiye is
Calis Beach, which stretches west for over 4km (2.5 miles), lined by hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars the whole way. Coarse sand at the end nearest the town, it is shingle at the far end.
This would be where you can occasionally see gay men bathing in the sun or swimming. The best beach in the area is 15km (10 miles) away at the beautiful lagoon of Oludeniz. The Oludeniz or Blue Lagoon is a stunning expanse of shimmering blue water.

The beach of Butterfly Valley is possibly the most popular holiday place for local and foreign gay and lesbian people visiting Fethiye region. Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) is a camping area mostly popular among backpacker's but there are more comfortable Bungalow style accommodations there as well. For daily visits, you can either join typical boat trips which stop here, or take dolmus-boats from Oludeniz available several times a day. You can also go there with the minibuses going to Kabak Koyu (another small valley/bay similar to Butterfly Valley) from Fethiye or Oludeniz. Before arriving to Kabak Koyu you need to stop at the top of the valley and make a little hard trekking downward to the beach lasting over half an hour. Walking back up would naturally be harder especially when it is hot in mid Summer.

The Patara beach is also a spot of incomparable beauty with its white sand beaches and curious sand dunes. The many beaches and bays of Fethiye are ideal for picnicking and camping as well. Other popular neighborhood beach/swimming regions include Belcegiz, Gemiler Islands, Koturumsu, Katranci Bay, Gunluk and Gocek.

Visitor feedbacks:
 

"Cruising along the river at night between PizzaPizza opposite the Popeye boat and the big Tuesday market square." (Posted by Ruud from Netherlands on June 26th 2013)


"Go to Surf Beach beach in Calis and walk to the rocks at the end of the beach. Action between the rocks, not very busy." (Posted by Ruud from Nl on
Dec 16 2012)
Info
: The Surfing Centre at the Çalış Beach, at a distance of 10 km. to the city centre is an ideal location for those wishing to be trained in this field and to participate in wind surf and kite surf. Experienced and licensed trainers hold courses here Every year many sportsmen coke here from Europe, especially from Switzerland, Germany and England to be trained in wind and kite surfing. Those keen on wind surf can achieve results after working with experienced and licensed trainers for a minimum of 3 hours The wind blows in Fethiye from March to the end of October. It is both thermal and quite regular. There are no currents, rocky formations, sand hills and medusas here. The sea traffic is not hazardous. The centre is within the preservation area for crette carettas.

"Patara- Gelemis village has a naked beach, gay couples and nice sandy beach" (Posted by Matt from UK on
October 12th  2011)

"Fethiye Harbour (Gardens). Junction of Gaffar Okkan Cd and 504/1 sokak (street)  at the Harbour Sea Front. The park/formal gardens are on the seafront in the harbour in Central Fethiye. The cruising area is directly opposite the "Popeye's" floating fish café, It is also where the canal meets the sea. Various ways to get there. A good way is to get off the Dolmus (local bus) terminal at the Central Mosque (Yeni Cami). Go down the main road , Gaffar Okkan Cd , crossing over Ataturk Cd. Walk down the hill to the Harbour. The park is on your left at the harbour. After 22: 30, when no-one else is around except cruisers. Sit on the benches or spot your desired man and sit next to him and strike up a conversation. Unfortunately, it is probably take-away only as there are no dark areas to play in as it is quite a well lit public park. As with all Turkish Cruising locations , pick-pockets can be found so go with very little cash and leave your valuables (watch, jewellery, mobile, phone, wallet) at home". (Posted by tifannylondon on
August 21 2011)

"Fethiye, Calis Beach
Day time where 1078 Sokak meets the Beach. Calis Beach is 3km west of the harbour town of Fethiye. Get a local bus (Dolmus) to Calis Beach and get off where the little bridge crosses the creek. Then, walk westwards 200m along the seafront. Or, Use the large car park at 1078 Sk and walk 50m to the beach. Fethiye and Calis are NOT particularly busy with gay/bi men. There is no "significant" gay scene. Not an official or busy gay beach but local gay/bi men and tourists have taken to use the stretch of beach at 1078sk because there are NO sunbeds there and so this stretch tends not to attract the general population/families etc... i.e it is slightly quieter. It is also convenient for local men to drive to the area in their cars, park in the car park and wander down to see who is on the beach at this point. Outward signs of affection between males is not tolerated. No sun beds/loungers and Calis beach consists of tiny pebbles, so , take thick or padded towels to lie on and reef shoes to enter the sea. Night time cruising, where 1425 Sk meets the beach. Best times after sunset , but , later is better 22:30 – 24:00 There is no "significant" gay scene. Local gay/bi men and tourists sometimes visit this practically deserted section of the beach after dark. Currently there are no hotels or buildings here or street lights. This is likely to be developed in the future though, which will probably kill any action. There are bushes and walls here, where outdoor sex might be possible , with caution. It is also convenient for local men to drive to the area in their cars, park ON the beach and see who is on the beach/in the bushes at this point. Since it is pitch black here , best to sit near the road so you are illuminated in car headlights , so men know you are there and looking for sex. Not very busy. Sometimes no men at all, often just one or two. It is a bit hit and miss but it is the only current night time location for cruising on Calis Beach." (Posted by tifannylondon on
August 21 2011)

"Patara Beach. Patara Beach is one of only three or four official nude beaches in Turkey. Nude sunbathing is permitted some distance away from the clothed section. Cruising and gay/bi sex occurs in the sand dunes behind the beach.  Near the town of Patara and Gelemis , Patara Beach is approximately 10 miles west of Kalkan, 230 miles west of Antalya, 75miles east of Dalaman. (Click here for Google map). From the beach car park walk approximately half a mile west (to your right), away from the clothed tourists and cafe. Spot the small , man-made beach shelters, made out of twigs on the shoreline or other nudists and you have reached it. Cruising occurs away from the shoreline , in the sand dunes behind. Take plenty of refreshments. Best Times: 1200 – 1800. At 1900 the beach is closed to the public and patrolled by military as it is a protected area used by sea turtles. Sex between gay and bisexual men is possible in relative secrecy in the sand dunes and shrubbery. Mixture of ages and body types , mostly Turkish locals, few tourists. Mostly "top" men , very few bottoms. It is so remote that there are never many people there, but that is in fact its' main attraction. It is a 12 mile long , un spoilt beach of worldwide heritage status. A handful of hotels and b+b's exist within the village of Petara but it is also possible to stay in the tourist resort of Kalkan, which is 10 miles east. Here you can catch the local bus (dolmus) for very little money , and it runs every hour until the beach closes. There will not be dozens of gay/bi men at this location , perhaps just a handful at most. Some days , there might be none". (Posted by tifannylondon on
August 21 2011)

"From the bus end stop in Calis Beach, walk the way a bit further. In the evening after work you can find Turkish men after work. Often sitting in their cars"
(06/03/2009)


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GAY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Gay Groups and Gay lesbian Organizations in Fethiye:
There is not any considerable information we obtained so far which is worth listing under this category.

Gay & lesbian Internet Sources for Fethiye:

Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Fethiye in this group.

Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays and gay tourists living in or visiting Fethiye in this group

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FETHIYE GAY TRAVEL



 

Gay-owned Turkish travel agency is organizing daily city tours, budget package tours, tailor made tours, boat cruises, hotel reservations in Fethiye and all around Turkey.

Gay Friendly Fethiye Daily Tours:

Gay and lesbian friendly daily tours from Fethiye and Oludeniz
There are many daily tours and activities you can join while you are in Fethiye including Ephesus, Pamukkale, Dalyan, Turtle beach,  Saklikent, Tlos, Yakapark, Scuba Diving, Jeep Safari, Paragliding, Rafting, 12 Islands, Butterfly Valley etc. 
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Gay friendly boat cruises from Fethiye

FETHIYE-MARMARIS-FETHIYE BLUE CRUISE - 7 NIGHTS
Embarking every Saturday in summer period
Including tax
, accommodation on gullet boats with en suite baths, breakfast, lunch, dinner, board games and basic snorkeling equipments.

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GAY OR LESBIAN FRIENDLY HOTELS IN FETHIYE


There are no gay exclusive or explicitly gay/lesbian friendly hotels in Fethiye.  Other recommended hotels listed below can be booked on-line via gay-owned Turkish travel agency located in Istanbul.

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ABOUT FETHIYE

 

Lycian Rock Tombs in Tlos

Saklikent Gorge

On-River


Fethiye
is 135 kms southwest of Marmaris and has an outstanding and busy marina. The ancient name of the city is Telmessos and you will see a fortress on the hill overlooking the city which was built by Knights of Rhodes Island. Fethiye is also known for its rock tombs carved into the faces of the high cliffs by the Lycians. Among these tombs especially remarkable one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC, elaborately carved in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places around the town are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower.

Arrival: There are regular bus connections to Fethiye from all major cities and towns of Turkey. Dalaman is the nearest airport to Fethiye, and there are frequent flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. In peak summer season there may be rare charter flights to Dalaman airport from some major international airports as well. There is also airport shuttle service of HAVAS for each domestic flight from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Marina, which takes about 70 minutes and costs around 10 Euro pp.  Click here for the shuttle schedule of HAVAS for Dalaman airport.
 
Oludeniz is 14 km (9 mi) south of Fethiye. The town is a beach resort, and remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Olu Deniz, a blue lagoon. The lagoon is legally recognized as a natural reserve and constructing buildings is strictly prohibited. Olu Deniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, and is an official blue flag beach frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike. The resort is also famous for its paragliding opportunities. It is regarded as one of the best places in the world for paragliding due to its unique panoramic views, and the Baba Dag mountains exceptional height

 

 

 


 

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