Aegean coasts host dozens of famous beaches in the boundaries of Izmir, Aydin and Mugla. Cesme in Izmir, Kusadasi in Aydin, Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum in Mugla are among the most suitable holiday resorts that come to mind in terms of summer vacation.
The region, where many civilizations have lived in the past, has full of tourist destinations drawing attention with their historical remains as well as adventure opportunities.
Whether you choose one of wood chalets, a contemporary apartment or a 5-star hotel, you will have a chance to look over stunning views of the combination of green and blue.
Going for a gentle stroll on the mountains, refreshing yourself swimming in the crystal clear sea or lake, riding a bike on seaside or paragliding for a more thrilling way of flying are just some of the activities that can make your holiday nameable.
You could also try out some of the exciting water sports. Aegean offers plenty of opportunities for holidaymakers who love adrenaline and water sports. Jet ski, sea parachute, sea banana, ringo and scuba diving are activities that are popular in water sports. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are peculiar sea-funs in Cesme and Alacati.
- A turquoise color sea in Aegean coast: FETHIYE
- Amongst the hidden beauties of Izmir: DIKILI
- The longest beach in the Aegean coast: DIDIM
- An Aegean beach that can be visited every summer: BODRUM
- The windiest Aegean seashore: ALACATI
Camps are the selection of those who want to live more freely and pleasantly. However, expectations can be met at the highest level with only excellent campsites.
Many of the campgrounds in the Aegean provide an immemorable camping experience, with its nature and facilities. Those are some of them.
- Kalyoncu Camping Area
- Dereli Camping Area (Izmir)
- Kaya Camping Area (Bodrum)
- Onder Camping Area (Kusadasi)
- Kucuk Kargi Forest Camp (Fethiye)
- Cubucak Forest Camp (Marmaris)
Jeep Safari Tours
One of the most popular activities in Aegean is Jeep Safari Tour. It is an adventure filled with dusty, stony and muddy mountain roads, rivers and the surrounding natural villages of the Region.
The tours are great fun. Among the natural beauties are the opportunity to see the surrounding areas and to witness the village life, as well as a fun trip full of adventure and adrenaline.
Explore the History in Izmir
- Ephesus: Ephesus in Seljuk district is one of the most important centers of the ancient world. It has always played an important role in the fields of civilization, science, culture and art throughout the 5th century BC. Actually, this settlement was an important port city between the East and the West (Asia and Europe). You can see unique architectural works such as Celsius Library, Hillside Houses, and Theater in Ephesus Ruins, thus breathe the air of Antiquity.
- Basilica of St. John: Built by Byzantine Emperor Great Justinianus, St. John Church was one of the greatest structures of its time. In the central part of the six-domed church is the tomb of St. John the Apostle, who Jesus Christ entrusted his mother shortly before the crucifixion. It is rumored that after Jesus’ crucifixion St. John thought Mother Mary wasn’t safe in Jerusalem and took him here.
- Temple of Artemis: Temple of Artemis is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was the greatest temple of the Hellenic world and made entirely of marble. In fact, many figures have been found in the excavations here and sent the Istanbul Archeology Museum.
- Theater: The theater of 25,000 people was built for the first time in the Hellenistic period. It was later rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Claudius and ended in the reign of Emperor Trianus (AD 98-117). At the front of the theater, dressing areas made of very firm and large stones are clearly visible.
- Mother Mary’s House: According to the belief of Christianity, after the crucifixion of the Prophet Jesus, Mother Mary came to this region with the apostle John (St. Jean) and spent the last years of her life here. This is why the house is regarded as one of the holy places of pilgrimage. The visits of Pope VI.Paul, Pope II.Jean Paul and Pope XVI. Benedict have increased its reputation. Every year on the 15th of August, that is, on the day of the death of Mother Mary, a great rite is organized by Vatican.
- Bergama Museum: The Archeology Department of the Bergama Museum in the city center exhibits artifacts from the Bronze Age to Byzantine civilizations. There is also an ethnography section where folk culture items belonging to Bergama and its surroundings are displayed.
- Pergamon: The ancient city of Pergamon has spread from a high hill to an oval. At the top of the Acropolis exist the Athena Temple Library, the royal palaces, the theater, and the temples of Trajan and Dionysus. There are a number of historical monuments in Pergamon today, such as the Red Courtyard and the Ovada Asklepieion city ruins.
- Aphrodisias: It is an ancient city known for religious ceremonies in the name of the goddess Aphrodite, which has been a settlement since the time of the Roman Empire.
- Didyma: This ancient city houses the famous Temple of Apollon. The name of Didyma comes from Artemis, the sister of Apollon. In fact, Dydma means “Twins” in Greek. The construction of the city began after the victory of Alexander the Great. The city was also a religious center, indicating that it opened its doors to many civilizations.
- Sirince: According to the Mayan calendar, the apocalypse would happen on December 21, 2012. Thus, many people flocked to Sirince Village of Izmir’s Seljuk district. The reason is a belief that Marduk planet would hit the earth on December 21, and that only the Sirince and the Bugarach village in the south of France would not be affected. Fortunately, the apocalypse didn’t break out… However, there are still tourists staying here. Sirince can be a perfect spot to search for the meaning of life.