Our weekly roundup of the local news and events from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Kayakoy and area includes Russell Crowe film to come to KayaKoy, tax week celebrated, pollen could be a new tool for crime busters, the power of 48 and more.

Russell Crowe Film to Come to KayaKoy


On location filming for a new film called the Water Diviner started last week in Istanbul and filming will move down to KayaKoy near Fethiye soon.

Filming in locations around Sultanahmet, Cemberlitas, Balat and Topkapi Palace were completed in the week and moved to a set outside the iconic Haydarpasa Train Station at the weekend.

The film will be released in December 2014.

Tax Week Celebrated


The Mugla tax office held a series of events last week to raise awareness of the importance that citizens pay their taxes.

The events that included giving gifts to tax payers, events in schools, the chambers of commerce and at meetings with accountants and auditors gained a great deal of media interest.

Celebrations as 48th Park Opened in Fethiye

Patlangic, Fethiye

A ceremony was held last week to mark the opening of the 48th park and open space in Fethiye.

The park is located in the Patlangic neighbourhood and is named Muhsin Yazicioglu, after the leader and founder of the Great Union Party (BBP), a right-wing, nationalist-Islamist political party, who died when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed near Kahramanmaraş in 2009.

The ceremony was attended by the Fethiye mayor Behçet Saatci, the BPP Mugla mayoral candidate, council staff and citizens.

So why celebrate the 48th park and not the 50th? What is the power of 48? Well, Fethiye is a town in the province of Mugla and that is the 48th Turkish administrative area as denoted on car registration plates. So 48 is memorable and patriotic number.

We wonder if the next landmark number will be 252 after the national telephone dialling code.


The away match with the Mersin team resulted in a 3 – 1 defeat a week last Sunday.

Fethiyespor drew 2-2 at home to Orduspor on Saturday afternoon.

The team have now fallen back into the relegation zone.

Future fixtures (Subject to change)

– 09/03 – Karsiyaka – Fethiyespor

– 16/03 – Fethiyespor – Manisaspor

– 23/03 – K.Marasspor – Fethiyespor

FethiyeSpor are 16th out of the 19 teams in the PTT1 League with 26 points after 27 matches.

The score sheet for the 27 games played to date is 6 wins, 8 draws and 13 lost.


The Turkish currency ended the week at 3.70 TL to the British Pound almost unchanged compared with a week earlier at 3.66 TL.



And Finally

Pollen Could Be the Key to Catching Thieves

A professor from Hacettepe University thinks he has found a way of using the power of pollen to help catch criminals.

He claims that the uniqueness of flora and vegetation in many areas of Turkey could provide a way of proving the location of those suspected of crimes.

The theory was put to the test recently to help place the location of a vehicle suspected of being used for theft of valuable batteries from mobile phone masts.

The professor was able, from samples of pollen, soils and plants taken from the vehicle to place the vehicle at the scene.

It is still early days but maybe pollen could be a new tool for crime busters.