Holidays to Seferihisar are all about taking it easy. Saying that, it’s still an up-and-coming spot with a new marina and beach hotels joining the Medieval port and crumbling ruins.
Seferihisar is a peaceful district on the west coast of Turkey. There are two neighbourhoods to watch out for – Sigacik port, with its historical port and supermodern marina, and inland Seferihisar town. The rest of the countryside is a patchwork of tangerine trees, olive groves and vine-stuffed greenhouses. History runs deep here, so you can expect hills and beaches to be spritzed with millennia-old ruins.
Sigacik, Teos Marina and sandy beaches
The coastal stretch called Sigacik is on its way to becoming a tourist magnet. The Medieval walls and working waterfront of the port area make a pretty picture, while the newly-built Teos Marina reels in jumbo yachts. This luxury mooring was only built in 2010, so it’s got a well-polished line-up that ticks off a restaurant, spa and shops. New hotels are popping up all over, too – they usually tag on to the beaches dashing the coast.
Teos and Seferihisar town
For a shot of history, head to the ruin-smattered countryside. Teos is the biggie. A one-time mammoth Greek city, it’s now an atmospheric jumble of broken temple columns and time-smoothed streets. To get there, follow the signs to Akkum – it’s about a 10-minute drive away.
Daytrips to Izmir and Samos
With wheels, you can get to Izmir in an hour. Jostling with museums, bazaars, and waterfront cafés, this place has all the marks of a cosmopolitan city. The Greek island of Samos is also an hour away – just hop on a ferry at the harbour. Most people head straight for its postcard-perfect countryside, but it’s also got a bunch of port towns and beach resorts.
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