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Central Aegean is the central section of the Aegean coast of Turkey, including Izmir, the third biggest Turkish city, and its vicinity.


Map of Central Aegean
  • 1 Izmir — Turkey's 3rd largest city, undeniably capital of Aegean Region, with beautiful neighbourhoods and promenades on its waterfront
  • 2 Alaçatı — village with well preserved local stone architecture, ancient windmills, and a cove perfect for windsurfing
  • 3 Alaşehir — a bleak agricultural town, although the ruins of the St John's Church attest that this was a major centre of early Christianity when it was known as Philadelphia
  • 4 Akhisar — a lovely atmospheric city that contains the ruins of Thyatira.
  • 5 Birgi — medieval Turkey at its best, overlooking the Küçükmenderes Valley
  • 6 Çeşme — town on Turkey's (almost) westernmost tip with an impressive citadel
  • 7 Foça — town north of Izmir noted for its preserved architecture and the nearby islands that are one of the last refugees of endangered monk seals
  • 8 Ilıca — village known for its thermal springs discharging from sea floor, near Çeşme
  • 9 Kula — an old town inland with much traditional architecture; in its outskirts is the volcanic area known as Katakekaumene/Yanıkyöre (literally "burnt land") or Kuladokya ("Kula's Cappadocia"), the only UNESCO Global Geopark in the country
  • 10 Kuşadası — resort town south of Izmir, with a harbour that almost any cruise ship on a Mediterranean tour calls
  • 11 Manisa — inland city east of Izmir, a possible for visiting Sardis, the Lydian capital, as well as the beautiful Mt. Sipylus nearby
  • 12 Selçuk — town serving as a gateway to Ephesus, which is also a historic center in its own right.
  • 13 Tire Tire, İzmir on Wikipedia — inland town with a well-known street market
  • 14 Uşak — a city with a museum exhibiting what is purpoted to be the treasure of Croesus and several ancient sites in the surrounding countryside

Other destinations[edit]

Library of Ephesus
Undeveloped coastline of the Dilek Peninsula
  • 1 Dilek Peninsula Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park on Wikipedia — perhaps the only stretch of undeveloped coastline in the region
  • 2 Ephesus — well-preserved ruins of Roman city
  • 3 Şirince — inland village close to Ephesus/Selçuk, surrounded by olive- and vineyards, can be best described as Turkey's Tuscany
  • 4 Sardis — a set of ruins in Salihli district of Manisa province, the former capital of Lydia.


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

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By train[edit]

The regional train connecting Izmir with Ödemiş

Central Aegean is home to the densest and the oldest rail network in the country: the earliest construction dates back to 1857. In addition to the relatively frequent regional trains that run on main trunk lines between Izmir and Manisa, and Izmir and Aydın, many railbus (raybüs) services connect agricultural towns lying at the end of branch lines and larger settlements, especially Izmir.

By bicycle[edit]

A section of EuroVelo 8, one of the European cycling routes across the continent, was developed from Dikili and Bergama in the north, through Foça and Izmir, to Çeşme in the west and Ephesus in the south.





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