Stretching along the south-western coast of Turkey, holidays to Fethiye offer a great base for exploring this region, known as the Turquoise Coast in recognition of its stunning blue-green sea.
Fethiye can call upon 3,000 years of history from which to assemble its myriad attractions, but an earthquake just over 50 years ago ensured that the town took on a modern look, and with it, was rebuilt to better cater for the needs of the modern visitor.
Still watched over by an ancient ruined fortress, the cobbled streets of the old town contain all manner of small shops which are a souvenir-hunter's treasure trove.
The 12 islands which lie off Fethiye's coast provide an ideal opportunity to discover the dolphins, fish and other marine life which have found sanctuary in the quiet waters.
Back on land, the bustling harbour is the place to wander and take your pick from the many restaurants all ready to serve up the pick of the local catch as well as traditional Turkish grills - which includes kebabs exactly as they should be!
The local market, held every Tuesday, also offers ample opportunities to unearth some excellent souvenirs, but you should come prepared to haggle, as it's much more than just a game - it's custom!
The aforementioned harbour is the hub of evening activity, until things move on to Hamam Sokak, where more bars and the resort's two main nightclubs are located.
If you've always hankered after a traditional slice of Turkey, you'll find all the ingredients on a Fethiye package holiday or last minute holiday from The Co-operative Travel.