Regular visitors to this blog will know we have a love of markets; markets of the foodie variety. We visit our local ones here in Fethiye three times a week; Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are spoken for in our house, and, if we miss one of those, we’ve even been known to head to the Saturday Patlangıç market.
Shopping at our local markets is never a chore. Every Tuesday, we stroll into town and go to the massive Fethiye market. Fridays are a bit more of a relaxed affair – this time, it’s the köy pazarı (the village market). Same site as the Tuesday market but foodstuffs only and it’s locally grown and locally produced.
But we realised something recently. There are numerous market posts on this blog, but despite heading off in the opposite direction each Sunday, we’ve never posted about Çalış market. Just about everyone who knows Fethiye (even the first-time visitor), knows about the famous Tuesday market, and the poor old Sunday market in Çalış gets a bit neglected – but it shouldn’t.
Çalış market has a more laid back atmosphere than its Tuesday counterpart over in Fethiye. Where the food is concerned, maybe it’s that Sunday feeling, but people tend to browse more slowly rather than just getting their weekly shop and darting off. There are also not as many shoppers here – it’s shopping, chilled-style.
You’ll see a lot of the same types of stalls on Çalış Pazar as you would at Fethiye. You may even recognise a few of the faces as many traders do the rounds of the area. But there isn’t a bewildering amount of stalls; it’s more than enough to get what you need – although, having said that, UK shoppers who are used to the paltry markets back home will still find Çalış market to be large and bountiful.
And, as with any market that sits in a tourist destination, Çalış market has all the usual jewellery, sunglasses, hats, bags and clothes stalls – but with a fraction of the visitor numbers. The coaches from resorts elsewhere along the coast are not interested in Çalış Pazar. Like we said, it’s chilled.
Hungry and thirsty shoppers are still able to take a break and enjoy a kebab, gözleme or a hot village bread (bazlama) served with melted butter and cheese inside. Hot and cold drinks, including traditional ayran and freshly squeezed fruit juices are also available…or these days, there are always the bars and restaurants nearby. We’re no strangers to a quick stop off at Cafe Pazar – just to quench our thirst on a hot day…
Çalış Market, Fethiye: Useful Information
- Çalış market place is on Yerguzlar Caddesi in Günlükbaşı, about 2km from the beach.
- It takes place every Sunday, early morning until sunset.
- In the summer season, the Günlükbaşı dolmuş detours to the market to drop off and pick up.
- Whether you are coming from Fethiye or Çalış, take the Günlükbaşı dolmuş (not the Sahilden dolmuş) and it will drop you off at the entrance to the market. The price is 2 lira.