Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Wet Start to the Week

Fethiye harbour with rainbow in background after a shower
Fethiye harbour with rainbow in background after a shower

The first significant autumn rains arrived on Monday.

The roads turned into skating rinks initially catching out a few drivers who underestimated the slippery road conditions.

The local press carried images of cars that had crashed into drainage channels and even one that had left the road and landed in a ravine.

No injuries were reported.

Farewell to Jetty

"I will not set foot on this jetty again."
“I will not set foot on this jetty again.”

The Fethiye Municipal Jetty – as with others along the Muğla coastline – has been taken over by the Muğla Metropolitan Authority.

Currently it is used by the Fethiye-Rhodes ferries, visiting ships and some of the larger gulets.

The jetty was originally assigned to Fethiye Council in 1958 and the Mayor of Fethiye had hoped that this title deed (tapu) could stop the transfer from happening.

Earlier in the week, large posters were erected at the entrance to the public jetty to protest about the transfer.

Fethiye jetty

On Thursday, the Mayor of Fethiye spoke to a large crowd who had gathered on the pier. During his speech he said farewell to the pier.

He told the crowd of his concerns and said that he would never set foot on the jetty again.

Jetty crowd

Finally he said farewell to the jetty with a cup of tea.

Busy Bees

A wonderful array of honey products from Muğla.
A wonderful array of honey products from Muğla.

The 5th international Mugla beekeeping and honey conference opened last Tuesday in Oludeniz.

The event attracted government ministers, scientists, farmers, processors and buyers as well as visitors from 21 countries.

Fethiye is one of Turkey’s main producers of pine honey as a result of its verdant pine forests.

Palm Trees Harvested

Palm date harvest

Personnel working on behalf of the Mugla Metropolitan Council took to main road from Fethiye to Gunlukbasi on Thursday to harvest ages from the palm trees that line the road.

The sweet dates were then distributed to members of the public.

Olive Oil Unit Opened

The Mayor of Fethiye opened a brand new olive oil processing plant last week.

The facility has been built in the village of Gokceovacik.

Villagers and farmers can bring their olives to the facility, where they will be turned into oil.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 3.95 Turkish Lira by the close of trading on Friday.

A Turkish Lira was worth 25 pence.

Last week it bought 3.79 TL.


Some rain forecast later this week but otherwise plenty of autumn sunshine.