Your weekly round up of the Fethiye news for the week ended 16 January 2016.

Paraglider Numbers Hit New High

Paraglidng record for Babadağ
Paraglidng record for Babadağ

Those with a head for heights have been flocking to Oludeniz during 2015 if the latest paragliding figures are anything to go by.

The 40 minute flight from the mile high Badag mountain to the beach at Oludeniz recorded its best year in 2015 with some 121,585 making the jump.

The figures have smashed the original 100,000 estimate and the previous years 92,494 jumps.

Oludeniz is famed for its wonderful paragliding with the spectacular and unique mountain to beach flight.

Paragliding from Ölüdeniz
Paragliding from Ölüdeniz

The 1,900 meter jump from the top of the imposing Babadag mountain to the beach at Becekiz is exhilarating; just ask anyone who has tried it.

Fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and azure sea below make it a real must do activity for anyone going on holiday to Fethiye, Hisaronu or Oludeniz.

Oludeniz is also a centre for the global paragliding community.

It hosts an annual Air Fest at the end of October each year that attracts paragliding pilots from all over the world for a week of aerial delights and fun.

The paragliding season now extends all year thanks to the building of lower altitude launch sites and a constant flow of mainly Asian tourists making the trip to Oludeniz especially to take the notable flight from mountain to beach.

Suspicious Package Detonated

In the week when a suicide bomber struck killing innocent people in central Istanbul concerns were running high.

The press said that a member of the public had reported a suspicious bag left in a pedestrian underpass on the main Fethiye Mugla road near Ortaca last week.

Bomb disposal experts were called in to investigate.

Traffic was stopped and residents warned before the bag was then destroyed by a controlled explosion.

Once safe the contents of the bag were investigated and thankful found to contain just books.

A local student later came forward to report that it was his bag that had been the cause for all the concern.

Hunting Control Bags Poachers

The local press reported that water bailiffs carried out checks on hunters last week.

Working along Lake Koycegiz they checked 56 hunters and found 22 to have no license.

Fines amounting to 23,000 TL were handed out and weapons were confiscated.

Turkish Money

The British Pound has been weakening in international markets over the last few weeks as investors pile into the stronger US Dollar.

The British Pound bought 4.34 TL by the close of business on Friday.

A Turkish Lira was worth 23 Pence.


Weather week 17 January 2016

The forecast is for a period of unsettled weather is to pass over the area early this week.

Rain, thunder and strong winds are likely to sweep through before a more settled and sunny time returns.

Heavy rain from Sunday and early Monday morning could lead to localised flooding.