Changing Fethiye – A New Town Square On The Harbour

Yesterday being one of the few sunny days we’ve had so far in 2012, we set off for a stroll along Fethiye harbour to make the most of the pleasant, late winter temperatures – and to take some photos. The lighting at this time of year is perfect for photographing the yachts and gülets anchored in the marina.

Fethiye Town Square, Beşkaza Meydanı

Hoardings display the proposed layout of Fethiye’s new town square

We bumped into a couple of friends along the way and they asked us if we’d seen the hoardings displaying the proposed layout of Fethiye’s new town square. No we hadn’t…but we soon put that right.

The mayor of Fethiye, Behçet Saatçi, appears to be on a mission to leave his legacy in the form of the creation of a bütik şehir (boutique city) and residents of Fethiye are being told on advertising hoardings, ‘Her şey size özel olacak.’ (Everything will be special for you.)

So far, the second section of Fethiye harbour has been completed and phase 3 is currently underway…albeit slowly. Then last July, we were wondering if the newly pedestrianised Dispanser area would be the new centre of Fethiye.

Fethiye Town Square

Parking, pathways and seating are in the artist’s impression

It looks as though this is indeed going to be the case with the brand new town square – complete with clock tower, waterways, swirling footpaths and seating areas – being built by the sea, just on the edge of the pedestrianised Dispanser area.

So whether you live in Fethiye or if you’re a regular visitor, we’re all going to be noticing some big changes to our surroundings in the near future. At the moment however, it looks like this – and has done for the last couple of weeks…

Fethiye town Square And Park

Uğur Mumcu Parkı being built in Fethiye

…constant rain does not firm building ground make! As soon as work can begin again (it’s very pond-like at the moment) we’ll get some photos and keep you updated.

If you know Fethiye and are trying to picture where all this is taking place, the restaurant on the corner with the green banner was the Buffalo Steakhouse. The war memorial is just to the side of this shot.

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  1. looks like they have their work cut out for them- I always love visionaries though- they can SEE the end result when people like me can only see the mud.

  2. Kaya Koyu Walker says

    Are they going to do this before or after they refurbish the amphitheatre that they’ve been proposing to do for the last 12+ years ? 😉

  3. @ Anjuli: Yeah, pretty big job on their hands. 🙂 Here’s hopin’.

    @ Kaya Koyu Walker: Suspect it will be done before that although to be fair, isn’t that the government’s job to sort the theatre?

  4. Wow. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

  5. @ Belinda: We’re all waiting with bated breath to see what it looks like. It’s an interesting one. 🙂

  6. Is it the original steakhouse? If so I can’t wait to go there, it was lovely for meaties wasn’t it.:))

  7. @ Jan: Yeah, it’s all back to its former glory. We went for a steak a few weeks ago. Peppered steak – amazing!! Proper meaties restaurant! 🙂

  8. Hope they do a nice job with it all!

  9. How exciting to see this town transformed. 🙂 The finished product looks like it’s going to be beautiful and conducive to happy wandering. 🙂

  10. @ Andrew Graeme Gould: Us too! 🙂

    @ Rambling Tart: The council said their main aim was to create a space where people could sit or wander. Let’s hope it all works out that way. 🙂

  11. You two are documenting a part of history! 🙂

  12. @ Corinne: Yeah, we are aren’t we?! How exciting. We’ll see what the end result is first, before we get too excited. 🙂

  13. do you guys know when the work will be finshed? we are planning on visiting early sept x

  14. @ Stu: Welllll, we think that might be a question for the construction gods in the sky. 😉 The plan was to have it all down for the start of the season but the weather’s been awful to be fair. They’re cracking on with it now though. Hopefully it’ll be done by September…fingers crossed… 😉

  15. hi julia, thanks for the reply, im sure it will just as good as it sounds anyhow complete or not….we are planning sept 5th to 10th, is there anything that we would need to know regarding that time of year, will everything still be in season? x

  16. @ Stu: Everything is still rocking and rolling at that time in September. If anything, it’s a bit busier but a lot less families about because the kids have gone back to school. The weather’s still hot, too. We love September and October.

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