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.

Marmaris Shopping Hints

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

When making purchases keep all receipts.

If you believe you have been overcharged or cheated either in terms of items bought or services rendered please contact the local police (Zabita, tel. 153) and/or fax your complaint to the Consumer Protection Directorate at the Ministry of Industry and Trade at: T.C. Sanayi ve Ticaret Bakanligi Tuketicinin ve Rekabetin Korunmasi Gen. Mud. Tandogan, Ankara Fax: (312) 287 92 40

TAX FREE Shopping in Marmaris, Turkey

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

As a foreign visitor, you can claim back the tax you pay on your purchases and receive immediate cash refund on departure at most international ports of Turkey.

Here is how:
1- Shop wherever you see the Global Refund tax-free sign. Whenever you make a purchase, just ask for your tax free invoice / cheque.

2- As with all exports you must declare your purchases at the Customs Office. So when leaving the country, present your purchases and your Global Refund tax free invoice / cheques to Customs to have them stamped.

3- Finally receive your cash refund at one of the below listed Cash refund offices or drop your validated invoices in the tax free boxes provided at most ports or simply mail them back in the self addressed envelopes, filling the payment instructions on the reverse side of your cheque, for the refund to be sent to your account at home Continue reading »