We’ve all dreamt of time travel, haven’t we? Some of us have thought about it a little too much – those people are usually physicists and sci-fi geeks – and have concerns about paradoxes or whether we’ve got the technology to do so. Let’s put some of those concerns to rest, because Urla, near Izmir in Turkey, is the perfect place for a bit of time travel into the past.
And the best thing about it is that you still have access to modern-day amenities, like precious WiFi,while breathing in the experience of the Arasta market and Malgaca bazaar that makes Urla the charming and whimsical place that it is.
Take a sensory trip back a few decades. Life is a little slower – it’s exactly what you’re looking for in a trip away from everything that raises your blood pressure and contributes to your anxiety back home. That’s not to say that you’re not going to be thrilled by the charisma of the magic of Urla’s bazaars with centuries of history.
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Street dogs are either dozing peacefully under the sun, unaware of the daily business transactions happening all around them, or using their eyes to beg for offcuts from the local butcher as he fulfils his orders for the day. Older gentlemen endlessly sip rich amber çay (Turkish tea) while playing okey (a Turkish variation of Rummikub) or rolling the dice on wooden tavla (backgammon) boards while their wives look for the freshest in produce to cook authentic Anatolian meals for their families later the same day.
If you’ve already been to Turkey, you’ve probably visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Arasta and
Malgaca is not that. While haggling and bargaining are part of the bazaar culture of the East (Turks
call it pazarlık), you’ll find that it’s a more pleasant, authentic experience than the tourist-filled
The Arasta market and Malgaca bazaar is the heart of Urla – the very centre of business life in the area. It’s where the locals find their daily necessities, contributing to the economic wellbeing of Urla,as well as a hub of relaxed social life, where you can sip on çay and Türk kahvesi (Turkish coffee),basking in your newfound confidence after coming through with a bargain from a good-natured shop owner.
Indulge in life’s simple pleasures, like stone-oven baked bread – which forms part of the lifeblood of
Anatolian civilisation – and sweeter pastries. Pair them with all kinds of cheeses and olives for a midmorning
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Arasta and Malgaca are almost synonymous – Arasta is the fixed shopping area, while Malgaca is the space where the weekly marketplace takes place. They sit side-by-side, blending into each other to create a space where historical treasures are found in every shop, memories are ever-present as new ones are created, and where stories and traditions are passed down from older generations to the Urla’s youth. It’s a place where the past and the present exist simultaneously and heritage and community comes first.
The bazaar is a place of revival and continuation of traditions, and this manifests in the age-old tradition of the Grape Harvest Festival that’s celebrated in the historic area of Arasta and Malgaca on the 14th and 15th of August every year.
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It’s also a time to observe a UNESCO heritage – the Keşkek ceremony. Keşkek is a meat and wheat dish that’s cooked mostly for weddings, circumcision ceremonies, and religious holidays. It tastes great, yes, but the beauty is in its preparation (like all great dishes). The preceding day, the wheat is washed and prepared – prayers and blessings are a large part of this process – and men and women both come together to cook the dish in large cauldrons outdoors. This is where a communal cultural spirit is felt like none other, where sharing takes place.
It’s a great idea to take a stroll through Arasta and Malgaca in the spring and autumn/fall, especially, but why not enjoy it while Urla is in full, summer bloom? Tripsters will personalise your trip for you. All you’ve got to do is let us know the kind of vibe that you’re looking for in and around Urla and we’ll make it happen, guiding you from Izmir to these gems not far away. If you’re looking for something a little more rustic, wine country might be right up your alley.
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