Central Aegean

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Central Aegean

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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

Other destinations

Library of Ephesus
  • Ephesus — well-preserved ruins of Roman city
  • 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.


Central Aegean encompasses what were historically called Ionia on the coast, and Lydia inland.


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