Up until a couple of years ago, locals and tourists in the Çalış area who were so inclined as to take a stroll along Çalış Beach were able to do so by way a steeply arched bridge crossing the canal. Sturdy in its steel frame, rickety in its wooden slats, this bridge was many people's gateway to the Fethiye end of the beach. It was a feature. An odd feature...but a feature all the same.
And then, one day, it was gone! Maybe the powers-that-be thought nobody used it or needed it - after all, the main entrance to the beach is only just down the road. Maybe they decided it needed replacing? Who knows, but oh how this caused a stir amongst users of the myriad of online forums. It soon became apparent that this little bridge was not only well-used but also much-loved.
Admittedly, this new bridge looks more sturdy than its predecessorWell, it was certainly well-used and much-loved by us - and so, when we were walking to the beach a couple of weeks back and we saw girders and concrete by the old position of the bridge, we were excited. And as you can see, progress has been made. Soon, this section of canal will no longer be a barrier between human and beach.
Businesses at this end of Çalış Beach will hopefully benefitWe're sure that some of the local businesses will also be more than happy with the replacement of this bridge. Anyone crossing it to access Çalış Beach will do so by passing the very pleasant Mutlu Hotel and its recently refurbished outdoor bar and restaurant. A quick left will take you to the 'The Tents' and Şat Beach Club, while a right turn means you can walk near enough the full length of Çalış Beach.
The new bridge taken from the main entrance to Çalış BeachWithout the bridge, this stretch of Çalış Beach is less frequented by most visitors. It just feels frustrating to have to walk down to the main beach entrance, passing the place you're trying to get to, crossing the canal at the entrance and then walking all the way back up...and then when you want to come back, you have to do the same again.
So, this new construction is not finished yet...but we live in hope that completion is nigh. We most definitely welcome the return of the mysterious, missing bridge!
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