Changes to Çalış

It’s that time of year again in the Fethiye area. Angle grinders, drills, hammers and saws mix with the springtime birdsong and gentle lapping of the Mediterranean waves. Fethiye centre is a working town and apart from some of the shops in Paspatur which close for the winter, things remain pretty much the same whatever the season of the year.

Çalış Beach, Ovacık, Hisarönü and Ölüdeniz are different stories though and with the springtime blossom comes the realisation that ‘the season’ is fast approaching. Time to get the tools and paint cans out and make the bar / restaurant / shop / hotel look pretty again.

Calis Canal Fethiye Turkey

The canal in Çalış – is it being dredged?

And then there’s the work that happens on a slightly larger scale. Over winter, we did a couple of posts on the stormy weather that hit Fethiye bay and I took some photos of the damage to the Çalış Beach area. If you click that link, you’ll see that this canal, photographed above, became very swollen and a few boats ended up underwater.

So, this is a complete supposition. Have all the reeds and trees that previously lined the banks of the canal been removed to make more space for the water levels to rise in future storms without flooding occurring?

Calış Water Taxis

A clear route for the Çalıs to Fethiye water taxi

We’re also supposing that with the digging out of all the reeds, a lot of the natural mosquito habitats have been eliminated too? You’ll not find me complaining about that one! Mosquitoes and I don’t get on too well and any reduction in numbers can only be a good thing for me.

Maybe this is all just general canal maintenance that takes place every few years – so that the natural reed and tree growth doesn’t completely swamp the canal – and we’ve only just noticed it. (Fethiye and Çalış have a complex canal system.)  Whatever the case, the canal that carries the Çalış to Fethiye water taxi is now much wider than it was a few days ago.

And for all those people eagerly awaiting summer; we walked along here yesterday and two of the boats have already been lowered back into the water. The summer season is coming. Stand by your beds!

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  1. I’m not sure if that’s an improvement or not. I liked the reeds and the wild look along the canal.
    I guess I’ll decide when I see it for myself in May

  2. Cool canal – I can only imagine what it looks like in the summer (forgot about those mosquitos).

  3. @ Craftyanny: That’s why we’re thinking it might have been a necessary thing after the storms over winter. I bet the reeds are back by the time you come in May. 🙂

    @ Belinda: It’s a mosquito haven! 🙂

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