Our weekly round of the Fethiye news continues.

Our leading image this week is one of a range of new e-postcards commissioned by FETHIYE Times to promote the area.

Missing Person Triggers Search and Rescue Mission

A missing person from Hisaronu triggered a search and rescue on Friday.

Personnel from AKUT, the Jandarma, fire service, a tracker dog and neighbours took to the countryside to try and find the missing 71 year old Şafak Yılmaz who had been missing for two days.

By Saturday the local press reported that the search teams had investigated a cave in which they thought someone may have fallen into but found the site was clear.

The search continues.

Shepherd Couple Found Dead

Meanwhile two off road motorcyclists came across a gruesome find last week whilst they were out riding in the remote forested area around the Mendos mountain.

The motorcyclists found the dead bodies of a man and woman on a forest track that it appeared they had been travelling on with their motorbike.

They raised the alarm and the security services were soon on the scene.

The local press believed that the deceased, a husband and wife shepherd team from Esenköy, had been shot.

They reported that the 44 year old man and his 38 year old wife had been shot whilst riding their motorbike along the remote mountain track where they had been travelling to tend their flock of 60 sheep.

The press also reported that empty shells from a gun had been found nearby.

The couple were buried on Thursday and over 1,000 attended it was reported.

The bodies have been sent away to Mugla for forensic analysis and a investigation by the Jandarma has commenced.

Friends and relatives who spoke with the press said they did not believe the couple had any enemies.

Emotional opening for Fethiye’s Özgecan Aslan Memorial Park

Fethiye’s Özgecan Aslan Memorial Park

Fethiye marked International Women’s Day last Tuesday with the opening of a memorial park to remember a young woman who last year was tragically taken from this world.

Hundreds filled the promenade to watch the event.

You can read the full story in our article Emotional opening for Fethiye’s Özgecan Aslan Memorial Park

Fire on Wooden Yacht


Semercioğlu 4
Semercioğlu 4

A fire broke out on a large gulet (wooden yacht) last week in FETHIYE bay.

The press reported that fire started in the engine bay of the Semercioğlu 4.

The fire service took two hours to extinguish the fire.

The Coastguard has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Booze Blamed for Pensioners Bike Crash

A 71 year old was treated for head injuries in a FETHIYE hospital last week when they were admitted after falling from their electric bike.

The press reported that the person had to be rushed by ambulance from The town of Ortaca to FETHIYE after the tumble.

The press reported that the hospital found the person to be intoxicated.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.12 TL by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it bought 4.13 TL.

A Turkish Lira was worth 24 pence


A wet start to the week and further spells of rain are forecast for the week ahead.

Weather week 13 March 16

Make the most of this…

Istanbul is a great destination for a city break
Istanbul is a great destination for a city break

The downturn in the Turkish tourism trade is forcing providers of travel and accommodation to reduce their prices to attract customers.

For those of you already in Turkey it’s a chance to travel and stay for rock bottom prices.

Take a flight from Dalaman Airport to Istanbul from just 16 GBP per person each way on Pegasus airlines.

With over 1,300 hotels, hostels and apartments listed on popular accommodation booking sites to choose from you are also spoilt for choice.

Prices range from just £6 per night for the basic to over £500 for the luxurious.

£150 per night will get you one of the large luxury chain hotels and possibly a free airport shuttle thrown in too. Book direct and save even more.

Looking Ahead

Morel mushroom festival üzümlü

A week for Fethiye foodies

Throughout this week we are celebrating aspects of Fethiye’s wonderful food culture with some new, interesting stories and one that’s rather strange.

So watch this space!

And finally…

On Saturday 19 March at 20:30 (8:30pm), Turkey will support Earth Hour for the first time.

We don’t know if Fethiye will be involved, but according to reports in the Turkish media, famous Turkish landmarks like the ancient city of Ephesus, Edirne’s Selimiye Mosque and Cappadocia’s ‘Fairy Chimneys’ will be switching off their lights to Earth Hour.