Şirince — inland village close to Ephesus/Selçuk, surrounded by olive- and vineyards, can be best described as Turkey's Tuscany
Dilek Peninsula National Park (Dilek Yarımadası Milli Parkı) — situated just south of resort town of Güzelçamlı, which is about 15-min minibus ride south of Kuşadası, this peninsula is perhaps the wildest stretch of land on Turkish Aegean coast. Centred around the Mt Samsun (Samsun Dağı) which juts out towards the Greek island of Samos, this place covered with lush forests were declared as a national park because of a number of rare species of animals inhabiting it, Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), which is thought to be extict by now, being the most important one. Although you will most likely not have a chance to encounter any of these rare fauna (except maybe a horde of wild horses if you choose to visit in winter), with its hiking trails and quite secluded beaches—some of which are closed to public when arriving overland, although attainable by boat tours departing from Güzelçamlı, the park is a great get-away when you are bored of concrete sprawl of Aegean resorts. 4 TL pp, 10 TL/car, impossible to overnight (legally) in the park.
Central Aegean encompasses what were historically called Ionia on the coast, and Lydia inland.
Adnan Menderes Airport is located south of Izmir and serves to a number of flights from around Turkey and western Europe.
Buses are available to Izmir from most, if not all, cities in Turkey.