Aegean Coast Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Aegean Coast

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Ephesus (Efeze)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 324 Reviews

Ephesus (Efeze) is one of the greatest ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During its heyday in the first century BC, it was the second-largest city in the ...  Read more

Hierapolis

4.5 star rating: Recommended 163 Reviews

Perhaps better known by tourists as Pamukkale, Hierapolis is an ancient city of the Lycus River valley famed for its sacred hot springs. There’s a lot to ...  Read more

Pergamon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Pergamon is an ancient city dating as far back as the 5th century BC. Credited with the invention of parchment, this once great seat of learning and culture ...  Read more

Sirince

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The small village of just 600 inhabitants has a long history that is intrinsically linked to Ephesus; indeed, rumor has it that it was founded by freed Greek ...  Read more

St Mary's House

4.5 star rating: Recommended 244 Reviews

A holy shrine to the supposed death place of St. Mary, the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus is a standing testament to the home of the beloved mother of ...  Read more

Izmir Cruise Port

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Sitting on the coast of the Aegean Sea, Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city and second largest port. Once known as Smyrna, its history goes back to around ...  Read more

Izmir Ethnography Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Situated within the four-story former St Roche Hospital, the Izmir Ethnography Museum houses some fascinating artifacts relating to the Seljuk period of ...  Read more

Kadifekale

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Kadifekale, also known as the Velvet Castle, presides over the town from its vantage point on top of a hill of the same name. Built by General Lysimachos, a ...  Read more

Pergamon (Bergama)

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

A visit to Pergamon (Pergamum) means stepping back in time to one of the most well-preserved ancient Greek city-states. The city rose to prominence under the ...  Read more

Asklepion

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This ancient medical center, honoring the Greek god of healing Asklepios, has existed since the 4th century BC. Built around a spring with waters that were ...  Read more

Izmir Archaeology Museum

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Izmir Archeology Museum is located next to the Ethnography Museum, not far from the city’s Konak Square. It was first opened to the public in 1927, but ...  Read more

St John’s Basilica

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

A visit to St. John’s Basilica allows a glimpse into the history of this ancient site, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. It is ...  Read more

Cave of the Seven Sleepers

The story surrounding the Cave of the Seven Sleepers recalls the story of a several young men who sought refuge in a cave out outside Ephesus to escape ...  Read more

Agora

Before there was Izmir, there was Smyrna, an ancient Roman city on the Aegean coast of Anatolia (now Turkey). Evidence of this fact in modern-day Izmir is ...  Read more

Aqua Fantasy Aquapark

Opened in June 2000, the Aqua Fantasy Aquapark near Selcuk is Turkey’s top water park, accommodating up to 5,000 guests every day. The park may be best known ...  Read more

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