16 August 2013

Çalış Sunday Market

Çalış's Sunday market is a centre of activity for locals and tourists alike. Bazaar, meaning market brings a whole host of delights into one tented area. I've been to this market for the last eleven years so I should know how to secure a bargain! Are you ready to barter for the best price?! Don't let your head go, these market traders can negotiate a cheaper price. 

Turkey produces the freshest fruit and vegetables I have ever seen, my opinion completely but our supermarkets in England cannot compare to the produce that has been captured to the left. Each Sunday the same top quality fruit and vegetables can be seen, displayed in such a manner its almost like looking at a rainbow. So, there's no excuse not to buy some beautiful peaches or even some greens for the perfect Sunday roast dinner. I always like to pick up a few fresh goods such as; some figs and pomegranates because there are no pesticides used to cultivate these healthy treats! I would definitely say that a visit to Çalış's Sunday market makes or breaks ones holiday experience. Being a faithful holidaymaker to Turkey, more specifically the Çalış Beach area means I should know how the heat beats down on the tented areas of the market. If you can't stand the heat, go back to the pool?! Amateurs! 

If you miss anything from the Sunday market in Çalış don't stress as there is another market identical to Çalış's in the nearby city of Fethiye, just take the local bus to reach the market where you will find the same delights if not more! There's all this talk in England that our crops are laced with chemicals that lessen the quality if the fruit and vegetables that we produce but in Turkey its all natural, just look at the size of the fruit captured in the image above. Price wise its criminally cheap to buy a few peaches and apples for that fruit bowl, I always have because the smoothies they help to make taste divine. Going to Çalış Market in the summer months is a chore but its a great way to spend the morning before returning to the pool with your purchases. It's all about wrapping things up this holiday because I didn't blog the last time I visited Çalış in 2010 so I have a lot of catching up to do. Oh did I mention those figs are dangerously good!? Food shopping will never look the same!

Feeling hungry? Çalış Sunday market always has a number of makeshift Kebab and Borek restaurants for all to enjoy. Over the years I have been very adventurous with my food, trying dishes that would probably turn your stomachs. I beg you that the heat of the day will make you want to stop for a ice cold drink and even a Kebab or Borek. Talking about out of the ordinary foods; I once tried Kokoreç, which is Lambs Intestines served in a half bread pitta with salad. I must admit I really enjoyed the taste of the Kokoreç, yes it was a daring choice compared to the traditional Turkish chicken Kebab but I always want to try something new no matter what the taste! Hands down I can't beat a chicken half bread! If my dining choices aren't to your taste then you could definitely sample a Turkish pancake? Whether you like sweet or savoury its your choice entirely? I'm hungry now just thinking about all this food! Oh life!

Hydrating is key so grab a coke or a bottle of water but if your feeling brave then choose a carton of Ayran to quench your thirst! Ayran is a salty yoghurt drink that hydrates just as good like water but is my favourite drink in Turkey. My family think I'm weird choosing to drink it because it does have a acquired taste but it goes perfectly with a traditional Turkish chicken Kebab or even better with something spicy. It's a given that you'll see people touting for their street food in the market, there's a lot of competition but you must not believe the hype so just go for it! The market gets hot and it makes me mad sometimes so I find it calming to take fifteen minutes to chow down on some tasty food, better still its great people watching because its a hoot tell which people had just stepped off the plane at Dalaman. Flashing back to Bilston Market I don't think I would be able to get the food from Çalış Market ever so I just enjoy it more each time I get the chance to visit. 

Forget Primark and the other high street brands because Çalış's Sunday market has everything you need. From Nike trainers to Ralph Lauren shirts, everything is all genuine if you really do believe so! This is Turkey so I hope you all understand that its all counterfeit but thats how its done here. I suppose the variety of items that are on sale rival any store in the United Kingdom or wherever else in the developed world. Over the years I have secured a series of bargains from Prada look leather shoes and Abercrombie and Fitch look t-shirts, read between the lines because there is no way I would ever be able to afford the real deal! Well not just yet! This year everyone has been on a new hype, grab yourself a pair of Beats headphones for £15.00! I will only buy a pair of Louis Vuitton leather shoes this year. Over the last eleven years the layout hasn't changed much so I know what I'm looking for. No stressing!

The quality of the products on sale is surprisingly high, well Topshop have a string of factories in Turkey so I guess the proof is in the clothing? Don't be fooled into thinking you're buying a genuine pair of Levi jeans because its all from somewhere different and you would be the bigger fool! Like many high street fashion retailers they make clothes in Turkey for a cut price so you might well find the same clothes you could in your favourite store like H&M or Primark? It's the truth! The deals are best when bartered for, stand your ground and suggest a fair price in a firm manner if not just walk away and it sometimes work for you that way. Some stalls are like jumble sales with mounds of clothes piled tall, the key is to look at what you want to because under the tents it gets bloody hot during the midday sun in July and August! I bought  a Fitch t-shirt from the market a several years ago that lasted me a good while, I always look for a top quality genuine fake product! 

Where's the hell is my Turkish Delight?! Çalış's Sunday market has a wide selection of fresh Turkish Delight to buy. I really like Turkish Delight but have passed the hype of buying copious amount like I did during my first summers in Turkey. If you have never tried Turkish Delight I'm sure you're going to love it! If you aren't just satisfied with Turkish Delight then these sweet stalls sell a wide range of nuts and other sweet treats. With all this talk of Turkish Delight I might go to Çalış market this Sunday to buy something sweet! The sweets and delights are all waiting to be sampled, I've been to this type of market so many I don't bother asking for a sample as I've had my fill already over the years. Go you! Be sure for what price you are paying because the traders make jokes. Who knows your if holiday in Turkey might see you find another type of Turkish Delight? Choose coconut flavoured Turkish Delight, its my love! 

Aside from the sweet treats I always make room for some savoury nuts and snacks because nothing tastes the same! I know people that have been given the wrong thing to try by one of the market traders that gave them a bad stomach so beware! It's crazy when people are shouting out what they've got to sell but I ignore the hype at all costs. Stay away from the cheese van because its not the cheese we would find packaged in ASDA or Tesco, goats cheese really smells foul in warm weather on any occasion. Undoubtedly Çalış Sunday market is a must visit, to me its a necessary evil for all the best bits can sometimes turn sour when it gets packed out with rude expats and tourists but that's life. If you're staying in the Çalış Beach area then get yourselves down to the market at least once! Even if you don't buy a cheap t-shirt or eat a delicious Kebab its an experience! Remember if you miss Çalış Market on the Sunday there's Fethiye on a Tuesday! OK, I'm off to find a bargain B!

I Swear It's The Cheapest Price! 

Joseph Harrison 

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