Turkey third in world with 397 blue flagged beaches

Turkey has been chosen third in the world in 2014 with its 397 blue-flagged beaches, according to the Chamber of Shipping’s (DTO) İzmir Branch.

In 2012, the number of blue-flagged beaches in Turkey was 355, marinas 19 and yachts 13, while in 2013 the number of blue-flagged beaches numbered 383, marinas 21 and yachts 13.

Toys draw visitors to museum

Nearly 3,000 old toys, collected by Turkish writer Sunay Akın from all around the world, are being displayed at the Antalya Toy Museum, which was opened by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality in 2011.
The toys date back to the years between 1890 and 1980.

Top court declares river threatened by new HES project natural protected area

Turkey’s Council of State approved on June 30 an earlier ruling declaring the Alakır River in the Mediterranean province of Antalya a natural protected area. 

A total of four hydroelectric plants (HES), have so far been constructed along the 70-kilometer-long river, which takes its water source from the Bey Mountains, west of Antalya.