Monday, 17 September 2012

In Appreciation Of Fethiye Yörük Çadırları




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.

Live Turkish Music, Calis Beach
Live saz music at Fethiye Yörük Çadırları
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.

Turkish Drink - Ayran
We don't drink Efes Pilsen all the time
As it was still early and quiet when we arrived, a glass of cold ayran seemed like a sensible start to the evening. And then, while we listened to the music, the 'reserve' signs started to disappear and the people started to stream in. The place was packed and, within an hour, tables and floor cushions were full too.
Traditional Turkish Dancing, Calis Beach
Later on and everyone is up, dancing
If it's a weekend night or any sort of holiday time, you can guarantee it won't be long before people are up on their feet, dancing and singing. Other evenings, it will be quieter - but Ahmet will still be there, playing the saz. We don't go down to the tents too often but when we do, it's always a special evening. It's good to know they're there.

If you like Turkish Music, or would like to find out more about it, then read the blogpost about our Turkish Music Room on Soundrop - or skip the reading and start listening to Turkish Music now.

7 comments:

Very cool idea! Looks like a good time.

. . never been very enamoured of Fethiye (it's a big town thing don't take it personally) - you have just given me a good reason to rethink my attitude. What a great sounding/looking place.

@ Joy: The tents at Çalış are an institution. We love em. Do you reckon your grandparents will be up for a visit? :)

@ Alan: Now, there's a surprise. ;) But with every place a person doesn't like, there's always a little gem to calm the pain. Çalış tents is it, for you. :)

Are the tents on a Dolmus route from Fethiye. Also, do they sell Efes, I don't think I could hack a night on Ayran

@ Peat: Yes. When you go onto Çalış Beach, take a left and keep going. You'll see them after 3 or 4 minutes. And yes, there's a full bar and food. :)

Will they be open in the late Autumn?

@ BacktoBodrum: The tents in Çalış are open all year round and the live music (amazingly) is on every night. More atmosphere at the weekends, though. If you're here over Kurban Bayram, they'll be packed. :)

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