Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.

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Turquoise coast one of the 19 destinations that defined 2019

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

CNN Travel has named the Turquoise Coast as one of the 19 destinations that defined 2019.

The Turquoise Coast ranked with places such as Australia, The Bahamas, Japan, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

Here’s what CNN Travel had to say:

“Fewer travelers outside Europe know about Turkey’s spectacular Turquoise Coast, 600 miles of shoreline extending from the province of Antalya in the south to the Çesme Peninsula in the north.

But that’s changing quickly, as global travelers seek out lesser-known spots with fascinating local culture and all the usual tranquility that comes with sand and surf.”

Click here to see all 19 destinations.

Source: CNN Travel

Alzheimer’s Association established in Fethiye

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

Members of Fethiye Tazelenme Üniversitesi (The University of the Third Age) are working to establish an Alzheimer’s Association in Fethiye.

The association will provide and enhance care and support for all affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia disease, causing a loss of brain functions. Today, the fastest growing age group in the world (especially in developed countries and welfare societies) is people aged 65 and over. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age (8 out of 100 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease) and is becoming one of the biggest health problems in Turkey.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Turkey ranked 7th-best country for expatriates

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

Turkey was ranked the seventh-best place for expatriates to live and work after Switzerland, Singapore, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia.

More than 18,000 expats living in 163 countries were surveyed on their adopted countries’ cultural, political, economic conditions by HSBC bank’s Expat Explorer Report, said a statement by Turkey’s Communications Directorate.

According to the survey, 62% of expats in Turkey said that quality of life in Turkey is much better than in their home countries.

Over half of expats in Turkey have enough time for their hobbies and private lives. Also, 69% said they feel safe in Turkey and that Turks are friendly to foreigners. 

The proportion of expats who are satisfied with the balance between working hours and private life was 60%.

Turkey also came in first in the survey in the categories of “cultural, open and welcoming” and “ease of settling in.”

Source: aa.com.tr

Istanbul islands suspend horse carriages over illness

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

Horse-drawn carriages on Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands have been banned for three months due to an outbreak of glanders, a fatal disease mainly seen in horses, Istanbul’s governor said on Friday.  

Horse-drawn carriages have been suspended for three months to complete the process of checking the horses for glanders,” said Ali Yerlikaya in a video posted on Twitter.

The move came after at least 81 horses were killed after glanders was found during checkups on the islands, in the Sea of Marmara.

The four Princes’ Islands — Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada — do not allow internal combustion engine vehicles other than emergency vehicles and some municipal vehicles.

Horse-drawn carriages are used for transport on the islands, especially during busy weekends with day-tripping tourists.

Source: aa.com.tr


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.


Fethiyespor are currently taking a break after the first half of the season. The second half of the season starts on 12th January 2020 (details below).

Most Fethiyespor matches are now available to watch live through FRT TV on Facebook or via the FRT TV apps available from the App Store or Google Play.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

The Apacılar (Apaches) Fethiyespor supporters have their own bus for getting to away matches. Please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook for details of departure times and cost.

The next league matches are:

The second half of the season starts on Sunday 12th January when Fethiyespor play away against Erokspor. Kick off is at 17:00.*

Sunday 19th January at home against Kocaelispor. Kick off is 17:00. *

  • Please note kick off times may change.

The Fethiyespor Yabancilar Facebook group would like to wish all its members and the Fethiye Times team and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates

Fethiye’s Basketball Team played a home game on Saturday. It was a very exciting game with fantastic support from all their fans. The final score was: Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor 81 – 78 Bandirma Kırmızı

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019
Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

Following this win, Fethiye retain their position at the top of the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

The next league matches are:

The next game is away in Bursa on Saturday 28th December against BUDO Gemlik Basketbol. The match starts at 17:00 and is broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV.

The following game is at home on Saturday 4th January 2020 against Akhisar Belediye The match starts at 17:00 at Beşkaza Sports Stadium.

Everyone is welcome to go along and support the team.

You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.74 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.94 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.80 TL.

The Euro bought 6.58 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.45 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 22 December 2019

Source: Living Earth

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