Slow City Seferihisar

Discover Izmir and peaceful slow towns

The First Cittaslow of Turkey

Seferihisar, which is the first cittaslow town of Turkey, is located in Izmir province in the Aegean region. The town is surrounded by the historical treasures and green nature. Seferihisar makes you feel the Aegean spirit closer.


Seferihisar, which 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. It is also surrounded by the archaeological sites and natural beauties for visitors. You can also find tons of things to experience in Seferihisar, from nice beaches to history, from local cuisine to nature.

First Slow City of Turkey

The town of Seferihisar, Turkey's first cittaslow member 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 and local products.

Where to Go

Sigacik Village: 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 flavours. The harbour lined multicoloured fishing boats is a unique haven for wearies of city.

Beaches: Sigacik Buyuk Akkum, Akarca and Urkmez beaches are some of the Blue Flag awarded beaches in the slow city of Seferihisar.

Things to Do and See

Active Holiday: Seferihisar offers many routes for visitors to go to interesting places on a bicycle. You can find also many diving spots to jump into deep water.

Teos: 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.

Lebedos: 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.

Village Market: Seferihisar market is a village market where you can buy the unique flavours of the Aegean region such as olive oil, honey, local cheese and brown bread.

Seferihisar, The First Cittaslow of Turkey
Akkum Beach, Seferihisar, Izmir