Today's Fethiye is situated on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos (Hellenic period - important Lycian city).
A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows: Apollo fell in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenicia, Agenor. Disguised as a small dog he gains the love of the shy daughter. As Apollo recovers his real appearance and conquered the girl, they have a son named "Telmessos' (the land of lights).
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 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 honor of Fethi Bey, one of the first pilots of the Ottoman Air Force, killed on an early mission.
Oludeniz (literally Dead Sea, due to its calm waters even during storms) is a small village and beach resort near Fethiye, on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey , at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. It is located south of Fethiye, near Mount Babadağ.
Oludeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Oludeniz, on a blue lagoon. The beach itself is a pebble beach. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited. The seawater of Oludeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach, frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike.
Oludeniz is also famous for its paragliding opportunities. It is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and Mount Babadag's exceptional height. The Lycian Way is a long-distance trail which starts from Oludeniz and eventually reaches Olympos and the nearby settlements, with a total length of over 500 km. It is regarded as one of the most popular routes for hiking in the world.