Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
New 21.5 million TL Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ölüdeniz
Construction of the new sewage plant in Ölüdeniz is now complete and it will be in service as soon as the electrical connections are completed.
The 21.5 million TL facility which has a capacity of 12,000 cubic meters, will completely eliminate the problem of purification in the region.
Source: Batı Akdeniz
Fire destroys five acres of olive grove in Karaçulha
A fire broke out in the Karaçulha district of Fethiye on Thursday destroying around five acres of olive grove.
Fethiye Forestry Directorate and Muğla Metropolitan Municipality Fire Brigade Department attended and worked for over an hour to put the fire out.
An investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.
Source: Son Dakika
The ancient city of Bargylia in Turkey is up for sale for $8.3m
An ancient city in Turkey is for sale with a price tag of a cool 35m lira ($8.3m/£6.1m). The 2500-year-old city of Bargylia is located 30 km away from the Aegean resort of Bodrum, and the sale is designed to protect its archaeological sites from treasure hunters and decay.
According to mythology, the city was founded by the hero of Greek mythology, Bellerophon, in honour of his friend Bargylos, who was killed by a kick from his winged horse Pegasus. Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reports that the 330-acre site has been private property since 1927. One of its owners, Huseyin Ucpinar, has urged the government to step in to protect the city, whose theatre, Acropolis, fortification walls and necropolis are listed locally as a Grade 1 archaeological site. Despite this, treasure hunters have already caused damage with illegal excavations, and cattle graze around and take shelter in, a long-abandoned monastery.
Turkish archaeologists have called on the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism to expropriate numerous archaeological sites, such as the one in Bargylia, to ensure their protection. Many of Bargylia’s ancient structures are under ruins and located underground, and the report says no government-backed preservation work can take place at Bargylia because it’s on private land. The owners believe therefore that the city might be a good addition to the Turkish culture ministry’s land portfolio.
There was a previous failed attempt to sell the site in 2015. It was described as “a first-degree archaeological site, facing the Bird Heaven Lake near the Bogazici Village, with full sea and lake view,” but no buyer was found. This time around, the asking price has been reduced by almost $2m (£1.5m).
Source: Lonely Planet/ANDREA SMITH
Some three million British tourists expected in Turkey in 2018
Almost three million British tourists are expected to visit Turkey in 2018, the British ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott said on May 7.
Visiting Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu in his office in Antalya, Chilcott said tourists from the United Kingdom would reach record numbers this year.
“There is a rapid comeback. So, we are really excited about that. We expect three million tourists to come to Turkey,” state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Chilcott as saying.
He said the main reason for U.K. tourists to visit Antalya was not only its nature or attractiveness as a tourist destination, but also it being a safe city.
Chilcott said he himself would do his best to increase the number of British visitors to Turkey and the quality of their holidays in Antalya.
Karaloğlu emphasized that Antalya was a major tourist destination and their priority was always providing security for tourists.
“The comeback of tourists to Turkey is pleasing for us. British tourists would mostly choose Aegean coasts; however, in recent years, they have also been preferring Antalya coasts,” Karaloğlu said.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Fethiye Festival of Culture and Arts
Here a couple of highlights from the Fethiye Festival of Culture and Arts last week.
Thank you to Desree Sarıoğlu for sharing photographs and video clips with us.
Fetav children’s choir
The football season came to an end last week. For those of you who enjoy basketball, we will be bringing you details of Fethiye Belediyespor.
The team are playing well and are currently second in the league (see table below).
Fethiye Beledeyispor lost their home match against Bursa Final Spor on Saturday. The final score was 64-71.
For more information please visit Fethiye Belediyespor on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.84 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.70 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.31 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.22 TL.
The Euro bought 5.15 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.05 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Today’s featured photograph was taken by Şemsi Toprak