Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Four family members were rescued from their vehicle when it skidded and fell into an irrigation canal in the Karaçulha district of Fethiye on Tuesday.
Health, firefighters and police teams were dispatched to the scene and the victims were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
Grave vandalised in Çıftlık Cemetary
A British couple were shocked and upset when they visited a family grave in Çıftlık cemetery and found it had been vandalised. The damage was done to the grave between the 5th and 26th November last year and, although a suspect has been identified, there are currently no witnesses to the act.
Please be vigilant and if you see any acts of vandalism being committed, call the Polis on 155.
Turkey and Tunisia sales surge at the expense of Spain
Bookings for Turkey are surging for 2018
‘Spain is getting more expensive compared to very good value-for-money proposition we are seeing in the Eastern Mediterranean’
Turkey and Tunisia are back, while Spain is sliding: that is the message from Thomas Cook, as it revealed its first-quarter results.
The holiday giant said that it is moving capacity east from Spain for summer 2018, with “Turkey the standout market so far” according to the chief executive, Peter Fankhauser.
In normal years about a third of Thomas Cook holiday sales are to Spain, but in 2017 the proportion was 40 percent.
Mr Fankhauser said: “The very strong demand for Spain is returning to slightly more normal levels. Spain is getting more expensive compared to very good value-for-money proposition we are seeing in the eastern Mediterranean.”
Source: Simon Calder Travel Correspondent – The Independent
Small town in western Turkey is home to one of the world’s oldest trees
A 1,656-year-old olive tree may be older than it was thought, with researchers claiming it could be up to 2,018 years old.
The tree, which still bears fruit, was designated a “monument” in 2013 to preserve it, and experts have certified it as the third oldest tree in the world. Local legend says it was planted by the Virgin Mary while she was leaving Pergamon to go to Ephesus before the birth of Jesus Christ. Kırkağaç used to be a stopover between the two ancient towns in the past, and an abode in Selçuk where ancient Ephesus is located is viewed as a sacred place where the Virgin Mary spent her last years.
The local agriculture chamber will now fund new carbon dating to determine the exact age of the tree. The 13-meter tall tree has a trunk of 10.6 meters, and locals say it is likely the only such tree of this age in the world that still bears fruit.
Source: Daily Sabah
Good news for motorists
Petrol Products Employers’ Union (PÜİS) have announced a reduction in petrol prices of 16 kuruş per litre, effective from midnight on 9th February 2018. Let’s hope the downward trend continues!
Turkey completes EU criteria for visa free travel
Turkey has completed all of the European Union’s 72 criteria for granting visa free travel to the bloc and has handed over the relevant documents, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday.
In a news conference in Ankara, Kalin said visa free travel in 2018 would give fresh momentum to Turkey’s relations with the union.
Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against İzmir Büyükşehir Belediye yesterday. The final score was 97-81.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor won their home match against Zonguldak Kömürspor on Saturday. The final score was 1-0.
After Saturday’s result, Fethiyespor moved back up to 14th position on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Wednesday 14th February 2018 away against Kahrahmanmaraşspor A.Ş. Kick off is 13:00 (please note the earlier kick-off time)
Sunday 18 th February 2018 at home against Şanlıurfaspor. Kick off is 13:30.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.28 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.32 TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.82 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.76 TL.
The Euro bought 4.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.69 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Today’s featured photograph is by local photographer, Norman Clark