If you're at all familiar with Turkey, you'll know that alongside the images associated with it of idyllic turquoise bays, majestic mountain scenery, vast plains and (let's face it) Istanbul, there's also the image of constant construction. It's a fact of daily life. Whether it's the creation of something new like hotels, apartment blocks or a new harbour, or simply a case of smashing the frontage off a building and starting again, it all happens in Turkey on a daily basis.
Fethiye does not escape this trend. In fact, Fethiye is surely a contender for leading the trend at the moment. The weather's improving, business owners are speculating on the success (or not) of the fast-approaching summer season and with that comes the inevitable, annual race-against-time improvements. Let's see what's going on along the harbour towards Fethiye.
Cafe? Bar? Restaurant? We'll soon find outPhase 2 of the new Fethiye harbour was completed some time ago and these funky steel and wood constructions appeared at intervals along the new stretch. They looked great but we wondered how practical they were - and maybe potential business owners thought the same because most of them have stood empty since they were built.
A new Fethiye harbour restaurant?However, as you can see in these photos, all of that is changing in 2012. Last month, almost simultaneously, people arrived at the different buildings with clipboards. Lots of pointing and discussion ensued and then wall smashing, wall building, angle grinding and window and door replacing began.
A new market and bar by the marinaEven the little stands facing the new marina have been given doors and windows. The place on the right looks like a new cafe bar and the one on the left is already a functioning, much-needed market. While we love having so many bars and restaurants to enjoy along Fethiye harbour, it's also useful to be able to just pick up a bottle of water as we stroll.
And another new restaurant along Fethiye harbourIf we've counted right, summer residents and visitors to Fethiye harbour are going to have six brand new places to choose from on top of the existing bars and restaurants. Of course, we're assuming these new places are going to be bars and restaurants...
Matisse RestaurantWe're looking forward to sampling all of them over time - but this one in particular is interesting us at the moment. It's going to be called Matisse (they've already got their awnings up by the sea) and it's huge.
And speaking of construction, back in February, we wrote about the new Fethiye town square. Much rain over the winter produced a boggy, muddy sludge and not a lot happened after we did the post.
Fethiye's new town square is finally taking shapeBut spring is now upon us and already, a lot of the road and parking bays around the new square are laid and the plans are taking shape. There's a long way to go on this one but every time we walk past, there's activity and progress...unlike on phase 3 of Fethiye harbour. We wait patiently for progress on that one...