Our pick of what is been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.

News

The 20 destinations you must visit in 2018

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast was top of the list in the Telegraph’s 20 destinations you must visit in 2018.

1. Turkey’s Turquiose Coast

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018

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Sunshine-soaked and with a glittering blue seaboard, Turkey’s glorious “turquoise” coast wouldn’t normally rank as a newly rising star. The 300-mile loop of coastline that unfurls like an iridescent ribbon between Marmaris and Antalya has long been a favourite for holiday-makers, with UK visitors in particular flocking to its picture-perfect fishing villages and chic little bougainvillea-laden resorts. But over the last couple of years, following a wave of terror attacks and political unrest, things have taken a well-documented nosedive. Between 2014 and 2016 Turkey’s visitor numbers slumped from 42 million to 25 million. And now? Maybe we’ve all simply had to accept that no country is guaranteed terror-proof. Maybe people have realised that the Syrian border is hundreds of miles from Turkey’s main tourist areas. Whatever the reason, tourism is back on the up, with the first half of 2017 showing a 28 per cent rise compared to the doldrums of 2016.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018
The Turquoise Coast – Kaputaş Bay

So there’s never been a better time – particularly with sterling strong against the lira – to steal a march on the returning crowds and enjoy the unique magic of this beautiful region.

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Source: The Telegraph 

Snowy mountains and January beach days

Fethiye is currently surrounded by snow capped mountains but, on Saturday, that didn’t stop locals, and some winter holidaymakers, from enjoying the balmy weather sunbathing on the beach at Ölüdeniz and, with sea temperatures around 18 degrees,  enjoying a mid-January swim.

Earlier in the week it was a different picture…

Torrential rain and flood waters turn the sea brown

Earlier in the week saw excessive rainfall in the Fethiye area. This caused muddy water flowing from Kargı to turn the turquoise winter sea at Çalış to shades of brown.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018Fethiye harbour was also affected by muddy and sandy water running from the mountains into the sea at Karagözler

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Fethiye Bureau of Traffic Statistics announce 2017 figures

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018

Fethiye County Police Department Traffic Authority Bureau of Traffic Statistics report for the year 2017 was announced this week.

Here are some of the highlights from the report:

There was a 13 percent increase in traffic accidents compared to 2016. In 2017, there were 1403 traffic accidents compared to 1232 in 2016.

In 2017, 1 person died and 1313 people were injured in traffic accidents compared to 5 deaths and 1132 injured in 2016.

A total of 14426 traffic penalities were applied in 2017 compared to a total of 14502 in 2016.

The total amount collected through traffic fines was 3, 488,982 TL compared to 2, 896, 497 TL in 2016. The total number of penalties decreased and the applied fines inceased.

Motorcycles also came under scrutiny:

In 2017, checks were carried out on 6943 motorcycles compared to 6023 in 2016.

413,000 penalties were issude to motorcyclists in 2017 compared to 45,000 in 2016. Of these, 920 were for not wearing safety helmets compared to 750 in 2016.

The worst days for traffic accidents are Wednesday and Friday with the biggest causes due to driver carelessness and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Adnan Menderes Boulevard and Süleyman Demirel Street are highlighted as the worst accident blackspots in the area due to the high number of intersections. Muğla Municipality will be concentrating their efforts there in 2018.

Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni

Sport

Fethiyespor

Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates

Fethiyespor are currently in Antalya on ” Bootcamp training” in preparation for the second half of the season which starts on the 21st January.

As part of the training they have, so far,  played a couple of friendly matches with teams they would not usually play against.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018

The next league matches are:

Sunday 21st January 2018 away against Hacettepe Spor. Kick off is at 13:30.

Sunday 28th January 2018 at home against Pendikspor. Kick off is at 13:30.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.

Turkish Money

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:

The British Pound bought 5.06 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.12 TL.

The US Dollar bought 3.73 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.79 TL.

The Euro bought 4.49 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.54 TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 6 January 2018

Todays featured photograph is by local photographer, Natalia Alpatova

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