Founded by Turks who settled in the region in the early 1200s, Pınar Bazaar continues today. Pınar Market, which has been continuing since the Seljuk Period, participates not only from the local people of Eğirdir but also from the surrounding provinces such as Antalya, Denizli, Burdur and Afyonkarahisar.
Pınar Bazaar, which was established traditionally in Bağarası district of Eğirdir District, opens every year in July and ends in the last week of October. The most important feature of the market, which has been going on for 800 years, is the sale and slaughtering of livestock in this area and making tandir kebabs specific to the region. Although the first establishment purpose of the market was to sell livestock, many products such as fruits, vegetables, clothes and hand-made supplies have started to be sold over the years. In 2016, the sale and slaughtering of livestock were prohibited within the framework of necessary regulations for food and feed safety as well as plant and animal health, consumer and environmental protection. In the past, there were rituals and entertainments such as women's market, wrestling, wicker top and ground table in the tradition of Pınar Market. However, these are not done today. Until about 40 years ago, the last week of Pınar Market was reserved for women only. During this week, called the Women's Market, women sold their production. They also organized various entertainments among themselves and looked after their single sons as girls. This ritual, performed in the past, is not continued today. Today, Pınar Market consists mostly of food, textile products, horn handle knives; handmade products such as wire pulley and mesh bag among other products.
Nomadic Market Tour
Interested in experiencing an authentic Turkish Nomadic Market in Eğirdir? Observe the traders haggling and selling fresh goods, such as fruits, vegetables, olives, cheese, dry fruits and much more
In the region of Eğirdir, every Sunday morning starting from the beginning of August to the end of October, you will have the unique possibility to experience these authentic nomadic markets - the so-called Pinar Markets.
If you like we can organize a tour, that will allow you to understand more about both local goods, food and the culture of the nomadic people and local farmers. The Pinar Markets are full of life and the fresh smells and flavors of traditional goods being sold there.
On a tour, we will leave the hostel around 11 a.m. and travel by bus to our family´s orchard where we will then walk through untouched orchard fields, sample fresh fruits from the tree and experience the livelihood of local farmers and nomads.
Arriving at the market at around 12.45 pm, you will have the chance to explore the market, purchase local goods, try local food and see with your own eyes how nomadic people trade. At around 14.15 pm we will finish the trip with a relaxed tea in a traditional Turkish tea house.
If you want to join the tour, please let us know the evening before so we can do the necessary arrangements.
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