How do you spend your vacation time?
Whether your a culture vulture, a beach bum or an adrenaline junkie in search of your next activity, there's one sure fire way of immersing yourself in the local culture, that'll also provide you will some excellent photo opportunities.
Each day on the Bodrum Peninsula, you'll be able to find a local pazar (farmers market) being held in one of the towns or villages in the area, and Thursday is Yalikavak's day to host.
Yalikavak Farmers Market
Sure, Bodrum and Turgutreis have bigger markets, but I don't think they can hold a candle to Yalikavak's weekly market, on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula. Over the past couple of years, this market has grown steadily, but it still retains its small town charm.
Even if you have no intention of putting your hand in your pocket, and parting with a few Lira, it's still well worth, meandering around the market to absorb the intoxicating ambiance and aromas of the pazar.
I love observing the local stall holders peddling their wares, and am more than happy to taste the fresh fruit samples they're enthusiastic about sharing.
My husband is a little bit of a germaphobe, so the thought of accepting a small morsel from a gnarled hand with the trace of a days honest labour in the fields, still visible under this nails, must have been a real leap of faith. But the snack on offer was just too good to consider refusing.
What was he enticed with?
Image a plump ripe fresh fig, split open by those gnarled hands, with a walnut embedded in the succulent flesh, and then topped with a blob of creamy mild goats cheese. Delicious!
This triology of tastes and textures, have my mouth watering at the memory of it, and this is indicitive of the fresh local produce you're enticed with at every step as you stroll around Yalikavak Market.