Fethiye Times’ weekly selection of Fethiye News.

Natural Beauty of Oludeniz Beach Restored

The company that manages Ölüdeniz (Belceğiz) beach erected several large, wooden platforms during the winter.

Oludeniz Beach returned to its natural beauty this week when the local council removed controversial structures
Oludeniz Beach returned to its natural beauty this week when the local council removed controversial structures

Following a court case instigated by the Fethiye Municipality they were finally ordered to remove them.

The controversial constructions were finally moved last Thursday night and by Friday morning things were back to normal as shown in the featured image.

Children’s Day Celebrated

The 23 April was Children’s Day a Turkish day of recognition and celebration of the younger citizens.

Events were held all over the country, county and Fethiye too.

Tour of Turkey Departs Fethiye this Week

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has now become an annual fixture for Fethiye and this year, on 29th April, the centre of town will once again be packed with spectators and cyclists ready for the start of the 4th stage of the race to Marmaris.

Presidential Cycling Tour coming to Fethiye

Tough Times Continue for Turkish Lira

It was another tough week for the Turkish currency with its value plummeting against the worlds hard currencies.

At one point it had dropped to 4.14 Turkish Lira to the British Pound.

Another tough week for the Turkish Lira
Another tough week for the Turkish Lira

By the end of the week the British Pound bought 4.12 Turkish Lira.

A Turkish Lira was therefore worth 24 pence.

Twitchers in the Making

Students gathered on Thursday last week at the Calis bird sanctuary to carry out a species survey.

Calis bird sanctuary
Calis bird sanctuary

The local press reported that they recorded over 220 species of birds many of which were on the red list of threatened species.

The event was staged to raise awareness of the rich and diverse bird life in the area.

Facebook Campaign Helps Students

A campaign started on Facebook last year to help schools and students in the local area hit the headlines last week when it donated almost 500 books to a local school.

The school in Arpacik is too far from Fethiye for students to travel regularly to access library books so the donation is a much needed kickstart for their own library.

It was also reported that the Facebook group had also donated over winter boots to 270 students too.

Truck Crash Injures Driver

A collision between two trucks on the outskirts of Fethiye resulted in one of the drivers being injured.

The incident occurred on the main road and the local press reported that an articulated TiR truck had been in collision with a marble truck.

Fethiye Cruise Ship Hopes a Step Closer

The possibility of Fethiye becoming a new cruise destination took a step closer last week when it was announced that a government evaluation team will visit the town to survey the area next week.

Seabourn Spirit, Fethiye, Turkey, 2008

The project plan was developed by Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FTSO) after it won some cash to develop their ideas further.

The 66,000TL would help turn their ideas to build a new jetty that would enable large cruise ships to berth alongside in Fethiye into a proper investment plan.

Marmaris up the coast benefits from a deep water jetty that allows some of the largest liners to berth alongside. This brings thousands of tourists and thousands of Lira to the resort every year.

Currently the largest liners must anchor off in Fethiye Bay due to lack of water by the jetties and therefore tourists need to be transferred by smaller boats. That transfer deters large cruisers from visiting.

Scot Free

An experienced Scottish solo paraglider had a lucky escape last week when his chute folded during an acrobatic move.

The local press reported that 27 year old Iain Robertson had taken off from the Babadag mountain but got into trouble and only survived the event because he was able to deploy his emergency parachute before landing in the sea.

They said he was rescued by the Oludeniz safety boat and walked ashore uninjured.