Winter’s the best to fly above Fethiye’s clouds

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

FETHİYE – For many, especially those who spent the summer working hard in the tourism industry, the winter is the best time of the year. This is the time for the more energetic of us to head out and do whatever Fethiye inspires us to do.

Wintertime brings, quite literally, a breath of fresh air to Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. Mountains and horizons, once hidden in the haze of heat during summer, become sharp and focused. Autumn rains wash away layers of dust from trees, bushes and grass.

At this time, those who spent the summer working hard in the tourism industry emerge from their end-of-season exhaustion, renewed with enough energy to enjoy what is, for many, the best time of the year.

The burning heat has gone and although the sun still shines, it is chilly and the higher mountains are covered with glistening snow. This is the time for the more energetic of us to head out and enjoy hiking, trekking, cycling and whatever else Fethiye’s beautiful countryside inspires us to do.

The delight of being outside in the sunshine during the closing months of the year, particularly November and December, is especially satisfying, but one activity that does not necessarily spring to mind is paragliding. The 1,986-meter summit of Baba Dağı is, together with Table Mountain in South Africa, considered to have the best launch conditions in the world.

The winter months may see this majestic mountain topped in snow, making it inaccessible, but nevertheless, there are alternatives. At this time of year, professional paraglider Murat Tüzer, owner of Sky Sports in Olüdeniz, teaches newcomers the sport and when he has the time, he flies from Kirme at a 900-meter altitude.
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Environmentalists want jeep safaris banned

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Environmentalists in the tourist resort of Marmaris have applied to the local administrator’s office and the Muğla governor’s office seeking a ban on jeep safaris.

In response, organizers of the safaris have argued more regulations should be applied instead of an outright ban.

Jeep safaris are a well-known attraction in Turkey’s tourism regions, where tourists travel around rural areas in jeeps. They usually visit traditional villages, followed with off-road trips to lakes, mountains and canyons.

The Marmaris Environment Advocates Association, or MEAA’s, chairwoman, Filiz Ersan, told the Anatolia news agency that jeep safaris belonged in the deserts. “Most of the safari organizers do not obey the very basic security rules,” she said. “The water wars are very dangerous; the accident that results in the deaths of two tourists in Augusts in Fethiye proves this.”

Two British citizens, Jonathan Pearce, 38, and his daughter Charley, 8, died in a traffic accident on Aug. 18, when the driver of a safari jeep crashed the car during a water fight with local kids.

Ersan said they have also been receiving complaints from the village heads. “The cars used are very old, they pollute the environment a lot. In addition, as the tourists are allowed to smoke in the cars, they pose a great forest fire threat.”
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More than 2 million visit Muğla and Marmaris Region

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

More than 2 million foreign tourists traveled to Muğla by air and sea in the first eight months of 2008. Compared to last year, there has been a 13 percent increase. English citizens visited the region the most. Half of the tourists coming to the region were English, meaning more than 930,000 tourists.

Important tourism centers such as Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye are located in Muğla. In 2007, 1.9 million tourists visited the region, compared to 2.2 million in the first eight months of 2008 alone. Most visitors traveled by plane, with 1.1 million landing in Dalaman Airport and 761,000 landing in Milas-Bodrum Airport. More than 340,000 tourists arrived by sea.
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