18 October 2014 | Finike, Turkey
Francis and Chris
Saturday 18 October 2014: Finike rejuvenated
We left the well-protected anchorage in Kaş on Friday morning around ten and had light W-winds, not enough to create speed that would see us in Finike that day. The solution is the use of fossil fuels and a Volvo Penta 75HP engine. After two hours the Aeolian gods granted us a bit of wind and we hoisted both the cloths. But gods giveth and taketh away, so after an hour it was back to the iron horse. We got into Finike at three in the arvo, checked into reception, got the fees-sentence read out to us (€50/night) and had a short walk around town.
Finike was once the Lycian port of Phoenicus. Lycia (Likia) was a geo-political region in Turkey that seems to have swapped its allegiances a fair bit between invading Persians, Greeks and Romans; they must have had a truly adaptive management team over the last 4000 or so years. The Lycian region spoke languages from the now extinct Luwian language group (see Wikki).
Finike (10,000 inhabitants) is a fair bit bigger than expected and seems to have a great name in citrus fruit agriculture, they even have adopted the orange as their town symbol. The town centre is relatively small, but there are big newly developed areas surrounding the town. Strangely enough, there are hardly any buildings older than 30 years in the centre either, there must have been a program of completely rejuvenating the centre. There is hardly any sign of a tourism industry in town and the two attractions (Arykanda and Myra, see next blog) are not in Finike itself. The one thing that attracts yachties to Finike is the marina. The marina is very well sheltered and has a lot of overwintering yachties, often in the over-60s age class. The marina is relatively cheap to overwinter and has a flourishing social life around the many nationalities represented. There were three Aussie yachts on our pontoon alone, even one from Brissy: we are well represented in Finike.
Saturday was laundry day, fresh sheets and undies for all. The marina grapevine had informed us about the weekly fresh food markets on Saturday. They had just relocated the market site so it would be a bit of a hike and some scouting to be done. It turned out to be a 20 minute walk and it was well worth it. The market was under a big dome and provided enough shade to make it a pleasant place to be. The first stall we got hooked into sold nuts and honey. At last a chance to get hazelnuts and walnuts for the daily muesli, and heaps of peanut varieties (salted, unsalted, honey coated) with sesame/honey coated turning out to be a very nice afternoon snack. He also has some orange-blossom honey which had to be scraped from the bottom of a plastic container, as it was the last in his van. We got lots of fruit and veggies to cook our meals when on anchorage. Loaded with goodies and hitting a big supermarket on the way back, our knuckles must have touched the ground by the time we were back on board.
With all that work out of the way, we had a very nice dinner at the local restaurant and decided to hire a car the next day to visit The Attractions. A couple of Black Books episodes finished off the day.