Turkish Bath – Turkish Hamam

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Once upon a time, starts the story of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, complaining with the incurable longlasting headaches. The doctors of that time couldn’t find a remedy for the treatment of the illness.

One day a young man came with a solution which was hard to believe. The solution was a soap-massage in a Turkish bath .
Now and then ; complaining from body pains, long lasting headaches, giving up excess body-weight, desire for feeling fresh and young addresses you to a “Hamam” where you feel like a new-born person.

If you’re after the perfect tan, one of the best ways to start it off is with a trip to the traditional Turkish bath (known in Turkey as a ‘Hamam’). Here’s what to expect when you get into your local hamam. It is an experience that never ceases to give you enjoyment, not just because a Turkish Bath leaves you feeling “squeaky” clean, but because it is also something so different to back home.

Before the days when people had bathrooms in their homes- this was where all the locals went to not only get themselves cleaned up, but to meet all their neighbors and have a good old gossip. Once you go inside, you will be shown to some cubicles where you undress down to your swimsuit and wrap yopurself in the towel provided (called ‘pesternal’) and then proceed to a large, domed-shaped room called ‘gobek tasi’.

This room is completely lined with heated marble-floor, walls and bench seats with a large square marble ‘table’ in the middle of the bench-type seats are old-fashioned taps underneath each tap a saucepan-sized copper bowl. Everyone in the room will sit around and built up really good sweat- this is to soften your skin and open up all your pores.

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MARMARIS MARKETS

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Thursday Market in Marmaris (the popular Friday Market)
Marmaris Village Market sells fruit, vegetables, fabrics and some clothes – for men, women and children, from street-cred clubwear to fake designer goods and last year’s must-haves. Some of its specialities are sports wear, linen, tablecloths and there’s household goods, too. The market is held in and around G. Mustafa Muglali Caddesi and is open Thursdays 08:00-18:00 and the best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon.

Sunday Market in Beldibi
Nestled between the mountainous crevices of Beldibi area villagers living in Beldibi or nearby lead a simple life dependent on agriculture and livestock. The market in Beldibi is famous for its rich produce, including potatoes, onions, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, chilli peppers, seeds, plants. Some household items are available at prices cheaper than shopping centers. Some clothes from T-shirts to accessories are sold too, but offer less clothing options than the Market in Marmaris on Thursdays. This is a perfect place to spend your Sunday afternoon in a local bazar setting.

Carsi Market in Marmaris
Nestled in the heart of the resort, in the shadow of the Ottoman Castle, the Old Carsi Market offers the perfect antidote to out-of-town shopping malls. The stalls in the old covered market are the place to look for something original, of excellent quality and value for money. Sundays are busiest, with over 200 shops operating, including a flea market. On weekdays between 11:00 and 16:00 the markets’ varied shops are quieter, except at lunchtime, when the choice of eating places attracts the young crowd.

Wednesday Market in Icmeler
Set by the road to Turunc, just before you begin climbing up the mountains, this market is perhaps the smallest of the three markets, described here. Yet no matter of its size it does set the mood for shopping, looking for souvenirs, simple buys and bargains available only in Turkey. Take your camera to picture the colourful abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, clothes and household items.

After Shopping the Best Thing is “Turkish Bath (Hamam)”

Turkish BathIf you’re after the perfect tan, one of the best ways to start it off is with a trip to the traditional Turkish bath (known in Turkey as a ‘Hamam’). Here’s what to expect when you get into your local hamam. It is an experience that never ceases to give you enjoyment, not just because a Turkish Bath leaves you feeling “squeaky” clean, but because it is also something so different to back home.