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Ilica – Alaçati – Çesme

Ilica is historically a retreat for wealthy people during summer holidays. Nowadays, it is a popular destination for many. It has natural hot water springs, the word Ilica itself meaning hot springs in Turkish, and some of these are located in the sea. Ilica also has a golden beach, approximately 1.5 km long and favorable wind condition makes Ilica, together with the beaches of the neighboring Alaçati, an internationally prized location for windsurfing.

Alaçati is a unique Aegean town on the western coast of Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills for over 150 years has now made its name in the world of windsurfing and kitesurfing, with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady wind and well acclaimed Turkish hospitality.

Klazomenai – Urla

Urla was an important cultural centre in ancient times. It was originally the site of the Ionian city of Klazomenai, with probably the most ancient regularly used port in the world. Pieces of art and sculpture found during excavations are now exhibited in the Louvre or in Izmir Museum of Archaeology.


Çesmealti, which is 36 km. away from Izmir, is a lively and natural center of tourism. The long beaches which stretch from Çesmealti to Içmeler cause the regions population to expand by two or three times the usual population during the summer months. The Urla Camp Municipality Beach, the natural beaches and swimming pools at the Nebioglu Holiday Village which are all located in Çesmealti serve tourists all season long. Also one can use the beaches at the Malçaka Içmeler facility.


Mordogan is a sea-side township with own municipality in Karaburun district in Turkey’s Izmir Province. The town is situated on the eastern shoreline of Karaburun Peninsula within the Gulf of Izmir at about twenty kilometers to the south of the district center of Karaburun. Mordogan equals the district center in economic development terms, especially in tourism, and has a number of accommodation facilities and restaurants, being advantaged by being located before the district center when coming from Izmir and by being served by a modern and easy land-route.


The Akkum Beaches in Sigacik holiday local which are 5 km. away from the district of Seferihisar is a beautiful holiday and recreation center with its clear sea and glittering sand. The archaelogical remains of Teos can be reached by a 1 km. walk. When looking down the hill of Teos the Akkum facilities, beaches and the small yacht harbor can be seen. Places to stay and eating-drinking facilities can be found in the Akkum beaches.


The beaches expanding right across from the bay containing the Aliaga refinery facilitiy, have attained a modern appearance with the modern facilities and houses in the past period. The Aliaga beaches which have a natural beauty attract especially domestic tourists with its open and cabired beaches.


According to the data of 2000 Census, the total population is 30.115. Every kind of agriculture is carried out in the district. Specially, wheat, cotton, tobacco and olive are cultivated. There are lots of greenhouses in Dikili. Dikili has very rich cultural assets for tourism. It gives a service to domestic tourists with its blue flagged beaches and thermal waters. Çandarli, which is close to Dikili, is also worth visiting. The historical and natural beauties of Bademli Village, crater lakes and caves in Merdivenli and Denizköy Villages, forests among the Madra River are among the natural beauties of Dikili.


The town of Foça is situated at about 69 km (43 mi) north by northwest of Izmir city center. The district also has a township with own municipality named Yenifoça (literally “the new Foça”), also along the shore and at a distance of 20 km (12 mi) from Foça proper. For this reason, Foça itself is locally often called as Eskifoça (“the old Foça”) in daily parlance. The ancient city of Phocaea (Greek :F??a?a) is located between the two modern Foças.

Pamucak Beaches

The Cayster generally flows westward and arrive into the Aegean Sea at Pamucak beach near Selçuk, Izmir. The ancient city of Ephesus was once an important port on the Cayster, but with overgrazing and climate change over the centuries, sedimentation gradually filled in the inlet around the city. The coastlines moved seaward and the ruins of Ephesus are now some 5 miles inland from the coast.

Pirlanta (brilliant) Beach

Tourist are attracted by Ciftlik’s many accommodations and by a long, sandy beach (Pirlanta Plaj) just outside of town to the southwest.