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Fethiye is a well-known holiday resort city and is especially popular during the summer. Over the last ten years Fethiye has become a magnet for British citizens due to its climate and natural beauty, they are attracted by its less expensive lifestyle and the hospitality of the local people. As a result of the large British population and the high numbers of Britons going on holiday there, Fethiye-Öludeniz was chosen as the best tourism center in the world by The Times and The Guardian newspapers in 2007. Over 7,000 British citizens permanently live in Fethiye, while more than half of a million British tourists visit the town every summer. Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos whose ruins can be seen in the city. Telmessos was the most important city of Lycia, with a recorded history starting in the 5th century BC. In 1934, the city was renamed Fethiye in honor of Fethi Bey, one of the first pilots of the Ottoman Air Force, killed during an early mission. Fethiye has experienced many earthquakes. The last significant ones in 1957 and 1961, with 67 casualties and 3200 damaged buildings after the 1957 earthquake. The town has been rebuilt since then and now has a modern harbor and a marina. Fethiye experiences a Mediterranean climate as well as a semi-arid climate with very hot, long and dry summers and cool winters.
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