Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
1,100 bottles of fake alcohol seized in Kayaköy
1,100 bottles of fake alcohol, equipment and 2 tonnes of ethyl alcohol, used in the making of fake alcohol, were discovered in a work store in Kayaköy this week.
The discovery was made during a pre-season search operation carried out by Fethiye Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Group (KOM) teams.
The find was confiscated and two brothers arrested and referred to the courts.
Source: Haber Turk
Paraglider with a disability takes to the skies
A paragliding pilot took to the skies in his wheelchair this week.
Daniel Velasco (37), travelled from Columbia to paraglide from the world-famous Babadağ in Ölüdeniz.
Velasco, who took off from the runway with his special chair for paragliding, made a successful landing after the flight.
Velasco, told reporters, he began to fly in 1999 but as a result of a paragliding accident in 2011, he is now confined to a wheelchair
He went on to say “Three years ago I began to fly again. I fly in my wheelchair. This is a very nice place. It feels like a big family here.”
Source: Son Dakika/Beşkaza TV
Sivas ‘hobbit houses’ a springtime attraction for tourists
With spring in the air, the Hobbit Houses in Central Anatolian’s Sivas have started to attract tourists from all around the world.
The houses are inspired by the Hobbit holes depicted in the acclaimed film series, “The Lord of The Rings.”
Built on a hillside, the houses in Sivas look exactly like those in the films and are frequently visited by tourists, especially from Russia and Ukraine.
Located some 7 kilometers from the city center, the authentic houses are covered with green ivies, making them more suited to “Middle Earth.” The houses are managed by a private company. They feature a kitchen, a living area, a master bedroom and bathroom.
“This is one of the most important tourist attractions in Sivas,” said Nail Sertakan, general manager of the company that runs the hobbit houses. “The houses are a part of the hill, making them a part of nature. It is a privilege to enjoy the surrounding natural beauties from within these houses.” Currently, there are 23 hobbit houses in Sivas. Due to huge demand, the management is taking advance reservations for visitors who want to spend a special day in the hobbit houses.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Airlines offers transit passengers free Istanbul tour
Turkish Airlines has extended its free city tours range by offering evening Bosporus tours to transit passengers in Istanbul.
Passengers who have a connecting international flight in Istanbul with a layover between 6-24 hours, can make use of the free Touristanbul service to discover Istanbul.
Passengers are picked up from the Istanbul Airport by Touristanbul buses and are brought back to the airport after a guided tour of the city.
Abdullah Yormaz, tour marketing manager of Turkish Airlines, told reporters that Turkish Airlines has been organizing free city sightseeing tours for international transit passengers in Istanbul since 2009. Some 5,000 passengers benefited from the tour services in 2009, a number that reached 5,000 passengers per month in 2019.
“In 2018, we had the opportunity to introduce 67,400 passengers with the historical and touristic beauties of Istanbul,” Yormaz said, noting that passengers from 163 countries joined the free Istanbul tour last year, with those from the U.S., U.K., Russia and the Far East taking greatest interest in the tour.
Source: Daily Sabah
Sümela Monastery to open for visitors
The majestic Sümela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Trabzon will open to visitors on May 25 on completion of restoration work that started in 2016.
Located in the Maçka district of Trabzon, the monastery is a site of historical and cultural significance as well as a major tourist attraction. It was included in UNESCO’s temporary list of World Heritage sites in 2000.
The monastic complex is built on the steep cliffs of the Altındere Valley at an altitude of 1,200 meters. Its construction began in 385 A.D. and continued until the 19th century.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
It was a sad and emotional end to the season for Fethiyespor last week when they lost the final match of the season 2-1 away to Bandırmaspor and finished in the relegation zone (bottom three on the league table). Fethiyespor are now relegated to the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) 3. Lig.
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The Fethiyespor U14 won the championship after a win against Bodrum Bld Bodrumspor 5-4 in the 2018-2019 group matches final on Saturday.
Congratulations to the players and their coach Sukru Özdemir.
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Basketball update
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketball Team won the 4th match of the semi final play offs in Izmir securing their promotion to the Turkish Basketball League (TBL) and their place in the TB2L final.
The result from Tuesday 7th May Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor 69 – Bornova Belediye 52
The TB2L play off final against Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket will take place in Istanbul on Monday 13th May at 18.30 at the Sinan Erdem Spor Salonu.
The match will be broadcast live on You Tube, TBF TV and Kanal 58.
For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.77 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.85 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.96 TL.
The Euro bought 6.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.68 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth