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Tire Restaurants

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    by Pinat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is one of the oldest restaurants in Tire. It was founded by Haci Baba and today is run by his sons. You can taste all varieties of Tire cuisine here.

    Favorite Dish: Tire Meatballs (Tire Köftesi in Turkish:) and the dessert with mulberries (Karadutlu Lor Tatlisi in Turkish).

    Tire K��ftesi
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    by Pinat Written Jul 2, 2009

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    Kaplan Restaurant is in Kaplan Village, 4 km from Tire. It is famous for not only Tire meatballs or the dessert with black mulberry jam but also the local meals they prepare from Aegean herbs.

    Favorite Dish: Dessert with black mulberry jam

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Tire Local Customs

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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    The strength of Tire rope was so famous during Ottoman times. It is known that the ropes used by Mehmet II, the Conqueror (A.K.A. Fatih Sultan Mehmet) to haul Ottoman ships over land from the Bosphorus to the Golden Horn during the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453 were made in Tire. If you sit in a coffeehouse and chat with locals, for sure you will come across someone telling you this story with all the details.

    Rope makers (Thanks to Omer Kokal for the picture)
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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Tuesday is market day in Tire and it is one of the biggest local markets in Turkey. The market fills almost every street of the town. You will not notice time passing as you explore the market, looking at the stalls filled with tempting arrays of fruits and vegetables, and locally produced goods.

    It is mostly visited by mothers who have daughters. You can find hundreds of different handicraft in Tire market. There are daily tours from neighbouring destinations for the market on Tuesdays.

    The market is so famous that people come here to shop from Izmir, Selcuk, Kusadasi and elsewhere in the region. When you need a rest from wandering through the market, take a seat at one of the outdoor coffee houses shaded by great plane trees and order a Turkish coffee that will refresh you immediately. The coffee houses also serve the traditional nargile or waterpipe.

    Tuesday Market in Tire
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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Karambol is a game similar to billiards and known nowhere else in Turkey. It is played on a concrete area measuring about 13 x 4 metres surrounded by boards 20 centimetres in height, and the players strike the balls with their fingers.

    The game is said to be brought from Spain by the immigrant Jewish people during the reign of Bayezid II. The game is learned and loved by the locals of Tire and has been played ever since. Today there are three places in Tire where you see middle-aged locals play karambol, the one called "Alay Park" being the most popular one.

    The balls of the karambol are called "mese". They are made of boxtree and last very long (50-60 years on average). You try to hit the wooden sticks called "lek" with "mese". As long as your "mese" hits the one of the "lek", no problem. If not and if your "mese" is hit with your rival's "mese", you lose. However, if a player wants to hit another player's "mese" with his own "mese", he has to hit all of the "lek" first. I don't know if I was able to tell the basics of the game but learning by practicing is said to be an efficient method so go to Tire to play karambol:)

    * I'd seen people karambol but didn't know the basics. I took all the details of the game from Tireliyiz website. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture of the people playing karambol:(

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Tire Warnings and Dangers

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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Tire hosts the biggest local market in Turkey every Tuesday and not only locals but people from neighbouring destinations also come every week for shopping. Before noon time, the market is very crowded in summer time. Watch your bags when shopping as some people are not around for shopping purposes.

    Tuesday Market - Back Streets
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Tire Off The Beaten Path

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    by dook Written Nov 10, 2004

    Tire is a small town near kusadasi, rent a car (we did with a driver and guide) and drive there. It's a weekly market on wednesdays and you can pick up a kilo of apples for €0,30 cents. Lot's of clothing and as of yet undiscovered by tourists (although (obviously) that is changing).

    Have the local tire sausages when you sit down at a cafeteria, they are delicious.

    Some stall owners speak english and it's a great place to buy socks (€0,50/pair). As everywhere in turkey, fake brand clothing galore.

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Tire Favorites

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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Tire is countrywide famous for its meatballs and its special dessert made with mulberries.

    The meatballs are cooked with butter on sticks and served with tomatoes and pepper or with yoghurt. They are very delicious. When you go to a restaurant in Tire, you can also ask for frozen meatballs. The owners would be happy to sell.

    The dessert is basically cheese with black mulberry jam. Tire is the leader in Turkey in terms of black mulberry production.

    The local dessert
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    by Pinat Written Jul 1, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The history of Tire goes back to the time of the Lydians, when it was known as Tyrha, meaning castle. The city was of great importance for Lydia, because of its strategic position on the major trade route between Ephesus and Sardis. Tire first came under Turkish rule in the 13th century, became an Ottomans land in 1426.

    Although the city is not that popular today, famous figures as Timur (Tamerlane), Seyh Bedreddin and Süleyman the Magnificent visited Tire in the past. Jews from Palestine were settled here during the time of Alexander the Great, people from Ephesus arrived under the rule of Sasa Bey, and Bektasi mystics came in early 1800s. Then during the population exchange of the 1920s, Turks from Crete settled here.

    These waves of settlers combined with commerce over many centuries caused arts and crafts of many kinds to flourish. Rope makers, saddlers, tinsmiths and clog makers still produce their wares by traditional methods in shops in the centre of the town. The architecture and cuisine also reflect the multicultural influences of Tire's past.

    Tire Streets
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