Dear diary,

one of the most typical things in Turkey are the bazaars (Çarşı in Turkish).

Everybody who has traveled to Istambul has visited the Great Bazaar: one of the largest and oldest markets in the world.

The great bazaar has 45.000 square meters and about 20.000 people work there. There are 3.600 stores that are distributed in 64 streets and to access the site there are 22 doors. You can find here crafts, jewelry, and clothes and you have always negotiated the price.


Great Bazaar, Istanbul

Another important bazaar in Istanbul is The Spice Bazaar, also called Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish): one of the oldest markets in Istanbul and one of the best places in the city to buy typical products such as spices, sweets or nuts.

Apart from these known bazaars, in every city, there are small bazaars. For example, in Bodrum, every Thursday and Friday there is a bazaar for fruits and vegetables, there are also olive oil, nuts, kinds of cheese, some natural plants… and is so cheap! We try to buy there because in the market is much more expensive. And also, in the same place every Tuesday there is another bazaar for textile.

Like I said, in every city in Turkey there is a bazaar and we love this, the only problem that we have observed is the plastic. They used plastic bags for everything in the bazaar, so is terrible for the environment. We are looking for a solution to this problem…

If you visit Turkey, you have to go to Bazaars cause you’ll fall in love with them 🙂

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