Discover Turkey, home of slow city Seferihisar
Seferihisar is the first cittaslow town of Izmir in Turkey, also surrounded by the historical treasures and green nature. Seferihisar makes you feel the Aegean spirit closer.
Seferihisar is the first slow city of Turkey, is within the borders of Izmir in the Aegean Region of Turkey. The oldest settlement in Seferihisar district is Teos, the city of Carians, and known to be founded in 2000 BC by the Cretans, who were fleeing from the Achaeans.
Its famous mandarin, large resources of solar, geothermal and wind power, and historical treasures are among the strong sides of the slow city Seferihisar. Olives, grapes and citruses are grown in the district. The reason why Seferihisar was not affected by the unplanned urbanization in Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in recent years is that it is surrounded by the archaeological sites and military areas.
Seferihisar has become the member of Cittaslow on November 28, 2009, which is the international association of the cities where life is easy. Cittaslow philosophy, which proves that development is possible even by respecting the nature, protecting the local values, tradesmen and cuisine, has become a road map for Seferihisar.
Cittaslow Seferihisar is a model for calmer and healthier lifestyle. It meets more than 60 of the criteria set forth for Slow Cities; preserving local tastes, supporting the Slow Food philosophy, using clean energy, maintaining places of historical and cultural value, local products, and many more.
The most peaceful atmosphere of the Seferihisar town, Sigacik, is known as the small port of Seferihisar. You can find plenty of local products to buy in the village. Tomato paste, artichoke, Turkish delight with mandarin and jams are the unusual flavor. The harbour lined multicolored fishing boats is a unique haven for wearies of city.
There are Hellenistic and Roman period monuments in the ancient city of Teos that was one of the 12 Ionian settlements in Archaic Age and that had colonies like the other Ionian settlements. The most essential monuments are Dionysus Altar, Agora, Theatre, Odeon, city walls and harbour ruins.
The other ancient city found within the town, Lebedos, is located further south. In 1522, Ottomans built a castle to be used as naval facility in a small fishing village of Sigacik. It is possible to see the ruins of the castle today.
Sigacik Buyuk Akkum, Akarca and Urkmez beaches are some of the Blue Flag awarded beaches in slow city of Seferihisar.
Cittaslow Seferihisar, Izmir
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