A visit to the market will ignite your five senses. There is an array of colours to behold and a plethora of smells wafting from the spice section will leave your olfactory feeling aroused. There are silks to softly touch and the calls of the marketers will often make you smile as they practise their English. Of course there is also plenty of ‘street food’ available to awaken your taste buds and give you the ultimate market experience. People from all around the area visit the Fethiye market and love to explore the hundreds of stalls and the products that they have to offer.
The market takes place out of direct sun underneath canopies and shades. Here you will find many local wares from locally produced dairy products to handpicked olives famous in the region. There will be a choice of seasonal fruit and vegetables most of which is organic and locally grown.
There is an area of the marketplace dedicated to textiles and here you will find luxurious fabrics and silks as well as bathrobes and hamam style towels known as ‘peshtemals’. Of course you will also find your clothes, handbags and belts in this section and with many a well known brand on offer albeit counterfeit, you are sure to find a bargain.
Haggling is all part of the buying process and while it is disappearing slowly in resort towns it is still very much alive and even expected in markets around the country. As a rule of thumb you should first think of what the item is worth to you and stick to that price. An opening price of around 30% lower than the asking price is a good place to start and then the fun can begin. It is worth noting that it is easier to haggle if you are willing to take a few items from the same seller.
In 2022, price of Fethiye Market Tour is 15 € for adults, 7 € for children between 6 – 12 years old and free for children under 6 years old.
Every Tuesday between March – November from 09:00 to 17:00.
Fethiye Market is held every week on Tuesdays and Fridays but the larger being on a Tuesday means that excursions are offered on this day only. It opens early in the morning and continues well into the evening. Times are arranged to suit your needs and confirmed upon request.
You will be taken to and from the market at times confirmed by you, with a local knowledgeable driver in a comfortable vehicle equipped with air conditioning. You will have free time at the market to browse at your leisure before being returned to your hotel or accommodation.
Cost of Fethiye Market Tour is 15 € for adults, 7 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old in 2022.
You should keep your belongings light as you are sure to have a lot of purchases to carry at least as far as your transfer vehicle. You will only need your shopping money. It is a good idea to spread this about your person due to pickpockets and of course it will help when haggling!
Whilst pick pocketing is much rarer than in most European markets there is still a need for care. You should take care anywhere in resort and this is no different in the market itself.
Bartering for goods has been a part of Turkey’s culture for hundreds of years and this doesn’t originate in tourism. Locals will almost always ask for ‘the lowest price’ and haggling is very much a way of life. That said, there are a few unwritten rules that you should follow. You should be polite at all times and if you are unhappy with a price simply walking away is enough.
You should expect to be engaged by the sellers as they are trying to sell. For the most part you will encounter friendly banter and a simple but firm ‘no thank you’ is usually enough to deter the most determined sellers.