Two years ago, we wrote about The Tents at Çalış Beach. Well, that’s just what we call them, but their full, correct name is actually Fethiye Yörük Çadırları (Fethiye Nomad Tents). The nomad tents have sat at the end of Çalış Beach for years and, for that, we’re very grateful – hence another post on them.
Back in August, we had a music-loving friend staying with us for a couple of weeks. Whenever any appreciator of music is in our midst, we whisk them off to Fethiye Yörük Çadırları because we know it’s going to be one of those evenings that leave our friends talking about it for the rest of their holiday. The tents are an experience.
We’d had Ramazan, and Bayram (the holiday that follows) had just finished so we thought the tents might be quiet – indeed, they were when we arrived at 9pm. Ahmet, the saz player and singer, was entertaining only a smattering of people and we feared we’d chosen the wrong night to come. And then we got to the tables. Bar the one we managed to grab, every single one was reserved. Hmm, maybe it wasn’t going to be quite so quiet after all.
Things have changed a little since our last post about the nomad tents. A swap around means the musicians who play here night in, night out, can now sit facing the beach and the sea and there are more tables for those who don’t want to sit on the floor cushions. The kitchens have swapped to the opposite side, and a good, simple menu is still available.