Menemen Foca Dikili Candarli Bergama Aliaga
Towns located on the North of Izmir
Besides its historical and archaeological importance, it is a mythological place, which also takes place in Homer’s legend. Foca, which was a member of the Ionia Confederation, is located between Foca, Ancient Foca, Candarli and Izmir bays. It has always attracted ancient and modern world with its impressive islands and beautiful coastline. Currently, Foca is mainly popular with retired couples as it offers a tranquil holiday experience.
MenemenMenemen is also one of the twelve members of the ancient Ion Union. The city lived under the Lydian and Persian empires, and collapsed after the Peloponnese Wars. The ruins of the Archaic Period are exhibited both at the Izmir Museum and the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Currently, in Menemen there are also graves belonging to the Roman and Islamic periods.
FocaFoca, which is located in 70 km northwest of Izmir, is one of the most important centers among the 12 Ion cities.
AliagaAliaga, which is 60 km north of Izmir, has traces of Izmir and Bergama civilizations. Aigaia, Kyme, Myrna and Gryneion Aioli cities are located in this district. There are ruins belonging to various periods, including 5000 graves. However, Aliaga is not a touristic place, and all the businesses are built around the petroleum refinery.
DikiliIt is 120 km away from Izmir centre. It is a nice town, which mainly attracts local tourists, and it is home to the touristic Candarli town. Dikili has a crater lake in Merdivenli village, a pine grove and historical caves in Demirtas and Deliktas villages. The area is famous for its spas. Dikili’s history dates back to B.C 5000, and the town hosted many famous people like Aristotle and Alexander the Great.
CandarliIt is one of the oldest settlements of the Aegean Region. Many excavations tell us that its history dates back to B.C 2000. Some of the important finds in Candarli are the ceramic pieces belonging to Troy.
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