The city centre boasts many beautiful examples of civil architecture. First of all, park your car on one of the streets that lead to the central square where the Governors Office is located, walk for 100 metres and enter the Arasta (Historical Bazaar). The Arasta is as if it was frozen at the beginning of the 20th century, with its saddle-maker, shoe-maker, barber shop, hardware store, small businesses, small restaurants and a fountain at its centre. In the bazaar there are also shops that sell traditional souvenirs as well as the famous Mugla woven material.
If you feel hungry, walk into any of the small workers
restaurants. On their menu you would come across traditional local dishes such
as ekşili döş dolması (stuffed sour meat) and keşkek (wheat boiled with minced
meat), which are among the delicacies you must try. After your meal, you should
go to Helvacı Tahsin and do not forget to try the local tahin helva (sweetmeat
of sesame seeds and molasses) and the Çıtırmık (a local dessert). While you
wander in the bazaar the old Clock Tower will catch your attention. Built in
1895 by the Russian master Fulvari, the tower still carries his signature and
the clock on the tower is still working.