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It's that time again: time for another press review on Fethiye.

Well, let's take a look at what we've been up to and some of the things that have happened in the area over the last four weeks or so…

As usual, we'll start with everyone's favorite topic of conversation: the weather in Fethiye.

And we had some small heat waves during the month of June, making average temperatures higher than normal.

Temperatures that we all know best in the months of July and August.

So, we'll see what those months bring…

Looking down the streets of Fethiye. Dark rain clouds approaching.Looking down the streets of Fethiye. Dark rain clouds approaching.
We watched and hoped that the rain would reach us

On Sunday, however, we had a pleasant shower, despite the forecast not being rosy.

We sat at Cafe Park Teras and, within an hour or so, watched the clouds gather over the mountains.

We saw the rain falling in the distance and hoped that in the city center there would still be some rain for us.

There was!

About 15 minutes of glorious rain (more in other areas) to cool us all down and clear the air.

Inevitably, the scorching heat has brought the terrible forest fires back into the news.

As I write, numerous AKUT teams are contributing to the cooling and damping process in Izmir province and north of there.

Smoke from those fires engulfed residential areas, damaged the ruins of Assos and reached as far as the Greek island of Samos.

Here in Fethiye, the belediye remind people not to carelessly throw away cigarette butts and not to leave litter.

Some forest areas in Muğla province will remain off-limits until October 31.

Yes, the big news in June was the announcement of new seabuses for the area.

It is hoped that they will reduce road traffic levels.

A billboard advertising a new seabus between Marmaris and Fethiye.A billboard advertising a new seabus between Marmaris and Fethiye.A billboard advertising a new seabus between Marmaris and Fethiye.
A billboard in Fethiye advertising the new Seabus

We are really excited about this experience because we really enjoyed using the ferry from Bodrum to Datça.

One of the new routes will be between Fethiye and Marmaris, while the second will be between Bodrum, Turgutreis and Didim.

There has been much anticipation and chatter since the start of services was announced, with an opening ceremony for the Bodrum route on 1 July and for the Fethiye-Marmaris route on 2nd.

At 10:30 the opening ceremony of our local route will be held in Marmaris.

Everyone is interested in checking out the website to find tickets and schedules.

For the time being, the Fethiye Marmaris route will have two ferry buses per day (08:00 and 13:00 from Fethiye and 10:30 and 17:00 from Marmaris), the crossing will take approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes (or more in adverse conditions) and will initially cost 301 TL per person, each way.

And if you're interested in using any of the routes, keep an eye out. the Web site to purchase tickets.

It's in Turkish, so if you don't know the language, keep the translation options handy.

This year, Kurban Bayramı (Eid al-Adha) fell in June, which was a boost for Turkey's tourism economy in coastal areas and elsewhere.

Families enjoying themselves on Çalış beach.Families enjoying themselves on Çalış beach.Families enjoying themselves on Çalış beach.
Families enjoyed themselves on Çalış Beach during Bayram

Fethiye was no different.

Local media have been inundated with photos and videos of queues in the area, particularly on the main road leading to Ölüdeniz.

In Çalış there were very crowded hotels and Çalış beach was very popular.

It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying a vacation and having the right weather to enjoy it.

We invited some friends to visit us in the first half of the month.

They were staying in Ölüdeniz but came to Fethiye for the day, so we had a pide at Nefis Pide Kordon and a drink at Büyük Ev.

A beach with sunbeds and a changing cabin.A beach with sunbeds and a changing cabin.A beach with sunbeds and a changing cabin.
It's always nice to see the color of the sea in Ölüdeniz

Before they returned to the UK, we took the dolmuş to Ölüdeniz to spend an afternoon with them.

And pide was back on the menu! Friends always love a good pide!

Barry actually opted for a menemen lunch, but we all kept the pide theme alive.

In any case, we use these rare visits over the hill to take a quick look around and see how crowded it is.

The bars and restaurants in both Ölüdeniz and on Hisarönü hill all seemed to have a fair amount of activity, at least during the day.

Let's hope so…

And our other little culinary treat of June was our first visit to a place…

It's the usual story: we've been thinking about going there for years, but we never manage to do it.

On the left, a cobbled promenade shaded by trees and a vertical sign with the word Oben written in green letters.On the left, a cobbled promenade shaded by trees and a vertical sign with the word Oben written in green letters.On the left, a cobbled promenade shaded by trees and a vertical sign with the word Oben written in green letters.
The first visit to the Oben restaurant

Well, we finally made it. And it certainly won't be the last time we go there.

Fantastic shrimp and Turkish musakka dish at Oben restaurant, at the end of Çalış beach.

Well, all we can say is that the Benyamin Sönmez Classical Music Festival was a bigger festival than the previous years, with the famous pianist Fazıl Say performing in the ancient theater together with the cellist Nil Kocamangil.

And we missed it!

Another concert was also held in the theatre and on the third evening a concert was held at the ruins of Patara.

Keep an eye on our Fethiye events calendar to find out what local events are happening when you are in the area.

Let's first delve into the world of sport…

We are sure that many of you know that the European Championships are taking place right now, but the good news is that Turkey is already the European champion!

And they are European champions for the third time!

We are talking about amputee football and Turkey beat Spain 3-0 to win the title.

Congratulations to them!

Openings and reopenings for those who plan to visit the wonder of Istanbul, soon.

In June, new areas of Topkapı Palace were opened to visitors for the first time. Now you can also see the Court of the Concubines and the Kushane Bath and Kitchen.

Crowd of people outside one of the buildings of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.Crowd of people outside one of the buildings of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.Crowd of people outside one of the buildings of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
The Splendor of Topkapi Palace

A former Byzantine church, which became the Kariye Museum, which in turn became the Kariye Camii (Mosque).

After restoration, the building was reopened for worship as a mosque and is an active place of worship.

Exterior view of the Chora Museum, Istanbul.Exterior view of the Chora Museum, Istanbul.Exterior view of the Chora Museum, Istanbul.
The exterior of the Kariye Mosque

As in other mosques, visitors are welcome outside of prayer times and admission is free, but donations will be encouraged.

From what we've seen online, the breathtaking frescoes that make this building so special are still visible. So it might be worth popping in for a visit.

You can spend a day exploring the area and visit the Iron Church of St. Stephen, Fener, Balat and Pierre Loti Hill further along the Golden Horn.

And a good piece of news to conclude: DEKAMER, the sea turtle research and rehabilitation team at Iztuzu beach near Dalyan, filmed the the first newborn sea turtles of the season heading out to sea on June 26.

Let's hope for another record-breaking season!

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