Bazaar Bargains in Bodrum and Beyond

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In the age of austerity Turkish bazaars offer a guilt free shopping experience like no other and getting there is cheaper too with’s flight sale

In the age of austerity Turkish bazaars offer a guilt free shopping experience like no other and getting there is cheaper too with’s flight sale

This week (w/c 31 January 2011) the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation announced that food prices are likely to continue to rise even though most of us are already feeling the pinch.

Yet, despite holidays often being one of the first things to be struck off the yearly budget, a break in Turkey needn’t be, especially with low fare airlines like currently putting their flights on sale. Plus, it might also be the ideal place to pick up some bargains.

Find All Kinds of Gifts Here

Over the past twelve months cheap flights to Turkey have offered an alternative to some of the more expensive eurozone resorts increasing in cost due to the weakening of the pound.

It has allowed holidaymakers to experience a new landscape with new experiences and enjoy a different way of doing things. Amongst these new experiences is shopping at a bazaar.

Bazaars, for those not familiar with the term, are networks or streets of shopping markets, usually large in size. The term derives from ancient Persian meaning the “place of prices”. Here visitors will find food stalls, clothes stalls, shops selling traditional trinkets or extravagant carpets; pretty much anything the imagination conjures.

There are three popular bazaars to be found along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The main one exists in Bodrum with similar bazaars found in the popular resorts of Fethiye and Marmaris.

Bargains in Bodrums Bazaar

Some of the best things about shopping at bazaars in Turkey are the hum drum of activity created by stall owners haggling over price with visitors, the array of aromas that permeate the air and the range of colours that attract attention.

The bazaars in Bodrum tick all of these boxes. The most popular ones are Tuesday’s fabric bazaar and Friday’s food bazaar. The food bazaar is the perfect place to sample and buy some of the local, freshly sourced produce.

Anyone on a self catering break will appreciate this because it is good, healthy food at a very reasonable price. Whilst heading out for a meal is a treat, the rest of the time should be spent trying out the local delicacies.

On the subject of bargains, the majority of carpets made here are of a very high standard and will be available for a fraction of the price paid in the UK.

A Sweet Tooth’s Favourite

Anyone who is keen on Turkish delight must head to Marmaris’ bazaar as there is a plentiful supply of the country’s iconic and favourite delicacy. It is easy to see the Turkish’s expertise when it comes to this sweet with all kinds of flavours and colours creating some eye-catching displays.

A holiday is about forgetting normality for a brief time and bargain hunting in Turkey’s bazaars is a great way to do this, whilst finding some curious bargains to boot. currently offer cheap flights to Turkey as part of their sale.


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