Shopping in Marmaris
Shopping Days in Marmaris
Spring & Late Autumn Season
Every day is a shopping day in Marmaris. Yet most of
you who love bargains will find it easier to bag
that most wanted item and pay half price... from
March to May and ... from the
end of September to end of October every year. This
is considered to be the 'off-season' months in Marmaris. Most shopkeepers
need to make a start of their business with fresh
cash early spring or in the last month of the season begin to count
their inventory and money made in the season. They
do not have much time to go and need to sell off to
turn their products into cash, much needed for rent,
salaries, and of course taxes. So here you are -
their much needed customer in their shop! Be there
at the right place and right time! March also works
for many as early Easter shopping.
A word of advice: dont leave your shopping for the
last day. You all know why :)
Turks were amongst the earliest carpet weavers in
history. Carpet weaving is still widespread
throughout Anatolia. It is one of the traditional
crafts that survive with original vitality and
folklore. Carpets are woven knot by knot on
handlooms. Each hand made carpet is unique. There
may be similar designs but one is never exactly the
same as the other. Fine carpets are made of pure
sheep wool, pure silk, or cotton. These carpets are
dyed with natural dyes; therefore, good quality hand
woven carpets are very enduring and their colours
are everlasting. Turkish carpets are woven
individually at village homes and in special
workshops. Every carpet has a story and everyone is
a unique piece of artistic talent that has taken
hours of painstaking labour.
Besides carpets there are boldly patterned "kilims"
(woven rugs) and "cicims" (embroidered rugs). Also
there are very attractive rugs of Angora goat wool.
Marmaris Info Buyer Guide
Marmaris ... A Shoppers Paradise..? The later years
prove Marmaris no longer a cheap shopping
Marmaris has remained a popular shopping destination
until recently. In fact Turkey was one of the places
where people would come to buy cheap. It is changing
now. Marmaris is no longer the place where people
especially foreigners can buy cheap. At the moment,
Marmaris is good to buy counterfeits of designer
jewellery, wear and leather products. Yet, that does
not mean the
counterfeits are any cheaper... The prices that are
asked for fake leather bags vary from 600 TL to 800
Instead we would advise visitors to look for Turkish
brands which are good in quality and have no
counterfeits as yet.
Many products such as clothes, woollen fabrics,
designer- wear, shoes, jewellery, leather, carpets
and of course spirits and tobacco products are
more expensive than in most European countries. That
is the reason many of your local acquaintance would
ask to bring a bottle of famous spirits or
cigarettes if you mention you are going to
Greek island of Rhodes on your holiday in Marmaris.
Some jewellery shops have their own workshops
and offer a remarkable choice of models and design.
These are visited on city tours, offered by your
tour operator. The city tour is free of charge with
them and is centered around shopping. The workshops are
shown briefly, followed by an extensive visit to the
You will find everything in design and various
quality. Jewellery is generally
hand made in silver or 18 carat gold.
Gold jewellery must display its carat seal, for
example 14 or 18 and is sold by weight. Jewellery is good value and of wide variety
of rings and bracelets adorned with precious and
semi-precious stones. Also traditional jewellery
ornamented with precious stones and nice imitations. Also the
dealers are generally very knowledgeable about import
regulations and duties on precious jewellery and
gold in other countries. Make sure to receive your
VAT Free shopping voucher with any of your big buys,
including jewellery. The shop must fill out the
official form mentioning full details of the shop,
its tax number and clearly state the VAT amount of
your purchase. The form will also include your
passport details. The official stamp must be placed
on the voucher to enable you to collect your tax
refund on departure.
Due to Turkey's VAT Free shopping you can collect a
tax refund on departure to your country of origin.
Turkish folk art is alive and well with numerous
small industries producing traditional pottery,
leather goods, wood and metalwork, embroidery,
weaving and knitting.
Turkish wines can be bought from many shops
throughout the resort as well as famous and unique
local honey, another speciality of Marmaris
Beautiful hand-woven carpets can be bought from some
carpet factories and in various shops in Marmaris
and in the village of Turgut.
Local lace and embroideries are also available in
various shops all around Marmaris.
In general shopping hours are from 10am to 10pm.
During summer many shops are keeping open after 10pm
( especially in the Old town ).
MarmarisInfo Shopping Hints
Helpful Hints : When making purchases keep all
It is no longer a secret that agencies and guides
receive commissions for any of your purchases
at shops you visit on a city tour or accompanied by
your guide. Try to do your shopping alone
for better deals and prices, compare different
offers before your purchase as there are too many
options for your shopping still in Marmaris.
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 or visit their website for further
Helpful Hints : There are very good counterfeits of
popular brands like Rolex, Gucci, Pierre Cardin,
However, there are no genuine Rolexes sold in
Marmaris as well as other popular Turkey resorts.
The story of Michael Perree will help you to avoid
disappointment after your purchase.
Buying Jewellery in Marmaris - As with any 'big'
purchase you make in life, do some research & shop
around first - one customer shares an unlucky
experience here. Marmarisinfo do not know the
business involved in this specific case, but
remember - for every bad experience many other
people also have some very good ones.
I would like to share my experience of buying
jewellery in Marmaris as a warning to your readers.
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
shops in the old covered market are the place to
look for something original, of good quality
and value for money. Sundays are busiest, with over
200 shops operating, including 1 TL shops, brand
name shops, leather, carpet, souvenir and jewellers shops and markets.
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 on the waterfront. Carsi Market is also good
for some sightseeing, as you could walk up to the
Ottoman Castle to see a small museum and enjoy the
view of Marmaris bay, visit an old mosque in the
center of the carsi, stay around the drinking
fountain located in front of the mosque. These
authentic places will help you experience the unique
atmosphere and pace of the local life.
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.
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.
Thursday Market in Marmaris ( the popular Village
Market, known before as the Friday Market )
Marmaris Village Market sells fruit, vegetables,
fabrics and some clothes - for men, women and
children, from street-cred club wear 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. Unfortunatelly there is
no longer a stall
for the local animal shelter at any of the markets.
Yet the money is needed to be raised for food and medicine.