Anyone who knows Fethiye knows it’s a fast changing town – and one of the major changes has been the creation of a kordon (promenade) all the way along Fethiye harbour. As is the norm with these things, this has of course taken much longer than anticipated – but there’s light at the end of the tunnel and yesterday saw the official opening of the ‘new attraction’ (Fethiye Belediyesi’s description) that, for us, seemed to appear from nowhere.
Phase 2 of Fethiye harbour was completed some time ago, and for a while now, us pedestrians have been able to walk along the kordon from Fethiye as far as Denizatı Restaurant – and then that was it. Soil and rubble reigned after that. Well, soil and rubble are still there but their days are numbered as the paving has started from the Akarca end of the kordon. We’ve even got this pretty flower bed lining the pathway towards the kordon.
Pretty as this is and pleased as we are that this section of the kordon is finally taking shape, it’s ‘the attraction’ that really caught our eye a couple of weeks ago. You see, even when you live in Fethiye, it’s not like things change gradually so that you hardly notice. Changes can jump right out at you. Such is the case with ‘the attraction.’ We were walking back from the centre of Fethiye along the kordon a few days ago and then Barry stopped in his tracks: “What the… ?”
“Ohhh yeah. What is it?”
So we carried on walking to have a look. Yesterday, at the official opening, we took some photos of the (almost) completed product.
A new mini marina for smaller motor boats has been built and the area around it now has parking spaces, a little park…and this lighthouse. What its function is, we’re not really sure.
We don’t think it’s a lighthouse; just a pretend one that can be seen from some distance. We’d seen the base (a cafe?) being built but we had no idea it was to be given a bright white lighthouse topping.
(Update 2020: The ‘lighthouse’ is now operating as Reis Restaurant)
For the opening, the glass windows around the base were filled with posters of Fethiye projects completed, Fethiye projects under way and Fethiye projects in the pipeline – so we couldn’t see inside.
But, as you can tell from this photo, our new Fethiye attraction is indeed visible. A good turnout for the opening – well it was a warm sunny day and there was live music and food on offer. Why not?
So this is the latest little area for Fethiye – the mini marina, accessed via a bridge, landscaped areas (a work in progress) around the entrance to the bridge (all framed with wrought iron railings), paving and lighting along the kordon, a shiny new bright white ‘lighthouse’…and we particularly love the electricity box.
No ugly metal rectangular box for us – oh no – for a few weeks now, we’ve watched the workmen transform it into a ‘boat.’ You can see it in the bottom left photo of this collage. It looks the part!
We’ve followed developments along Fethiye harbour for the past few years and have photographed different stages. Some of these photos occasionally make it onto our Turkey’s For Life Facebook page in a photo album dedicated to the harbour.
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