Çalış Sunday Market – A Guide

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. The Çalış Sunday market – the subject of this post – is one of life’s happy shopping experiences.

Çalış Sunday Market

Shopping at our local markets is never a chore. Every Tuesday, we stroll into town and go to the massive Fethiye market. This is perhaps the town’s best known market. Day trippers flocking here in the summer months. For us, it’s a food shopping zone. 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.

Çalış Market

Calış Pazar has a relaxed feel about it

Chilled Atmosphere

Because of the fame of the Tuesday market, Çalış Sunday market can sometimes get a bit neglected and that’s a shame. It shouldn’t. If you’re holidaying in the Çalış area, you can get all the goodies you could get from other markets. It’s just that the Sunday market in Çalış is more compact, less crowded and more chilled. A bonus, surely?

Çalış market has a more laid back atmosphere than its Tuesday counterpart over in the centre of town. Where the food is concerned, maybe it’s that Sunday feeling, but people tend to browse more slowly. It’s not about just getting a weekly shop and darting off. There’s a bit more standing around and chatting and greeting. There are also not as many shoppers here – it’s shopping, chilled-style.

Honey At Çalış Market

Homemade honey for sale

Familiar Faces

You’ll see a lot of the same types of stalls on the Sunday market in Çalış as you would elsewhere in the area. You may even recognise a few of the faces as many traders do the rounds – different day, different market. 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 Sunday market to be large and bountiful.

Dried Foods, Çalış Market

Dried foods sold by the kilo

Packed With Produce

There’s more of a haphazard feel to the Çalış Sunday market. Don’t get us wrong; the stalls are laid out in linear fashion but there’s no permanent indoor section with the regimented layout. The Sunday market is all about portable tables and tablecloths; all of them absolutely rammed with produce.

Local honey and homemade molasses. Dried foods, bags of village eggs randomly scattered amongst the fruit and vegetables. Locally grown foods and produce from areas famous for particular goods. Seasonal foods such as citrus from Köyceğiz, potatoes from Bekçiler, strawberries from Fethiye, autumnal saffron milk cap mushrooms from the local pine forests.

Çalış Sunday Market Souvenirs

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.

Street Food Stalls At Çalış Market

The eating area at Çalış Market

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.

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  1. Fabulous post.
    I had no idea about the Çalış market and actually it sounds like my kind of thing. I love the huge Tuesday one but often found it overwhelming on a hot day.

    And I hadn’t realised that the Sunday market was all local, which mean a much better chance of getting organic food (not marked as such though), which is important to me. I knew that the food at the Üzümlü market was all organic. Not that Organic in it’s modern sense means anything to them, it’s just the way they have always grown things – the natural way. Yay!

  2. @Cally: Thank you. There are a few organic stalls on the markets now, usually marked. The market with the local produce is the Friday market but the Sunday one has local stuff, too. Maybe you can visit it next time you’re in Turkey. 🙂

  3. I adore markets like this!!! GREAT pictures- made me want to jump through the screen of my computer and browse around the stalls.

  4. Ooh, what a fun place to browse. And sympathetic how it’s open all day. Some markets up here are only open early in the morning. Except in summer. Everything is easier in summer 🙂

  5. @ Anjuli: We love going to the markets, too, especially Turkish ones. always so much to see. 🙂

    @ Sophie: Yes, sunrise to sunset for most of the markets in this part of Turkey. The traders are never ones to miss out on making a few extra lira. 😉

  6. these local markets never cease to please and make shopping a pleasure. After 15 years here, and with all the adventuring we do, we still regard our weekly trip to Ortaca market as a highlight.

  7. I love these markets…..when I’m in Izmir or Istanbul or Bergama I never miss a day without going to some market. I get to know which day it is at and where? It is so different then what I’m use to going to some big city supermarket….so colourful and interesting at those Turkish markets…. great post and pics.

  8. @ Alan: Completely agree with you. we take such pleasure in shopping at the markets in Fethiye. Will never take them for granted.

    @ Erica (Irene): Supermarkets are handy for some things but it’s not good when they take over like they have done in the UK, too. That’s why we make a point of using the pazar here. 🙂

  9. See you there in July – can’t wait

  10. My other half loves this market as its not too large – the Tuesday market is too much for him! Also, it’s next door to our apartment,can retreat to the swimming pool when he’s had enough! We always love to see what fruit is in season when we first arrive and everything has so much more flavour than in the UK. Over to Zayra 2 for us for lunch for the best pide in town! Roll on September when we’ll be back again 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment. Yeah, we like that Çalış market s more ow key to Fethiye market – although we do like both of them. 🙂 We’ve bought some seasonal barbunya today to make barbunya pilaki. Still not been to Zarya yet, heard lots of good things, though.

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