Fethiye market, Kayakoy and Olu Deniz

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Haggling Time!

 

Fethiye market is the biggest in the region and a maze of noisy stalls selling everything you can imagine and more! It took a few minutes to take in all the hustle and bustle. Stall holders expect locals and tourists to haggle over prices. Traders openly admit that their ‘goods’ are ‘genuine fakes’ and lure you in with cries of ‘cheaper than Matalan!’ or ‘cheap as chips!’ I didn’t feel intimidated or pressured as even though stall holders will approach you, especially if you show any interest in their wares, they will take no for an answer. We were advised against buying fake designer perfume as it commonly cases skin irritations or silver as it is often just silver plated. We also found that the traders had a bottom line on their prices but were prepared to take 10 – 15% off the price. English £10 notes were widely accepted and offered a more favourable exchange rate to Turkish lira.

With temperatures soaring to 45 degrees Celsius (unusually high for Turkey) conditions for shopping were not ideal but working in that heat must have been even worse.

 

On the return journey we stopped at Kayakoy, the Greek ‘ghost’ village. Once this town had 25,000 inhabitants but in 1922 there was a reciprocal agreement between Turkey and Greece to exchange people: the Greek went and the Turks went to Kayakoy. However the Turks found it too difficult to settle here and hence the Greek town of Kayakoy became abandoned. Several earthquakes later, notably the one in 1957, the town took on its ghost like appearance with its roofless buildings and crumbling walls and stones removed for other buildings. Other more subtle clues hint at it’s past such as the slight tint of blue paint from the Frescos which once decorated the church. There is currently a restoration programme in place to return the village back to how it would have looked in the past but it will remain uninhabited.

 

After the culture it was time to hit the beach, this time at the crystal clear waters of the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz.

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