Central Aegean is the central section of Aegean coast of Turkey, including Izmir, the third biggest Turkish city, and its vicinity.
- Izmir — Turkey's 3rd largest city, undeniably capital of Aegean Region, with beautiful neighbourhoods and promenades on its waterfront
- Alaçatı — village with well preserved local stone architecture, ancient windmills, and a cove perfect for windsurfing
- Çeşme — town on Turkey's (almost) westernmost tip with an impressive citadel
- Foca — town north of Izmir noted for its preserved architecture
- Ilıca — village known for its thermal springs discharging from sea floor, near Çeşme
- Kuşadası — resort town south of Izmir, with a harbour that almost any cruise ship on a Mediterranean tour calls
- Manisa — inland city east of Izmir, hub for visiting Sardes, the Lydian capital
- Selçuk — town serving as a gateway to Ephesus
- Tire — inland town with a well-known street market
- Ephesus — well-preserved ruins of Roman city
- Sirince — inland village close to Ephesus/Selçuk, surrounded by olive- and vineyards, can be best described as Turkey's Tuscany
Central Aegean encompasses what were historically called Ionia on the coast, and Lydia inland.