A review of Side and Manavgat Markets
Shopping is one of the best things about Side since the resort town has such a diverse range of shops and markets. You can pretty buy much everything including high-end watches and gadgets as well as locally grown fruit and vegetables. There are two official public markets set up on specific days in Side. The opening time of these bazaars is about 8 a.m. in the morning and they close at about 5 p.m. Doing shopping from these bazaars can be a wise choice as the shops and stalls in these markets don’t have high expenses like rental etc. and they can offer better deals than the other stores along Side. So, without further ado, let’s examine these public markets.
Side Market has a diverse range of things put for sale. The public market day is on Saturday when a huge outdoor market is put together in Side Town Centre near Red Line Pub and Gazi Pasha Star Hotel. The shopkeepers even put stalls in the bazaar rather than sell stuff in their shops since most people prefer the public market. There are groceries and fake bags, purses and designer clothes that you can buy. You can even visit the market for the thrills of shopping that it offers. The quality of fake products is generally as good as the original ones, so it is better to visit this bazaar on the specified day to do your shopping.
Manavgat market is quite large as compared to the Side one. It is set up in Manavgat Town Centre. There is a greater variety of goods there too which makes it much more ideal than the bazaar in Side. The market days in Manavgat are Monday and Thursday. They have textiles as well as leather accessories and groceries. You can also find imitation products, souvenirs and handcrafts. The market in Manavgat is preferred by many over the one in Side. However, they have the similar kinds of products for sale. The most important difference between these two markets is that Manavgat market is almost three times bigger than Side market. Additionally, visiting this marketplace is in the itinerary of many excursions organised in Side.
How to go to markets?
There are many ways to reach these markets from the accommodations in Side. One of them is taking a taxi. This is the fastest but the most expensive way. There is also a public transport which is called dolmush going to the markets and they cover all the locations in Side and around. It will be cheaper to go to markets by this way. However, the departure times of dolmush are fixed, so you shouldn’t miss it; otherwise you’d wait for some time for the next one. Additionally, going back to your hotel after shopping can also be a problem by dolmush as you can have trouble at the town centre to find the dolmush stops and the right one going to your hotel. There is another good alternative to reach to markets in Side. With Side Manavgat Boat Trip, you will be taken from your hotel and transported to the Manavgat Market. Moreover, you will take a boat trip on the blue bays of the Mediterranean Sea, see the charms of Side and have a tasty lunch on the boat. After the excursion, you will be transported to your hotel safely.
In conclusion, the markets in Side offer amazing shopping opportunities to all holidaymakers in Turkish riviera. Visiting these marketplaces at least once in your holiday will be a nice thing to do in Side whether you are a shopaholic or not.