If you want a destination on the Izmir Peninsula, that is authentic Aegean, quiet, scenic and off the popular tourist trail, then Urla is for you. It is often by-passed by many people who favor the more lively resorts of Cesme or Alacati; however, it does have certain qualities for those who want a peaceful holiday.
Also prominent in the history of Urla is the old town of Limantepe. In 1950, excavations started on this ancient city and have continued ever since then. Throughout the Ottoman period and the rest of its history, life has very uneventful in the town.
Urla does though; celebrate its glory as the childhood place of the famous Turkish novelist Necati Cumali and the birthplace of the much-celebrated Greek author and Nobel Prize winner, Giorgis Seferis. Exiled from Urla along with his family during the Greek and Turkish population exchange of 1923, experts suggest that this experience influenced much of his poetry.
Experts believe that in the old days Urla was a major port for transporting olive oil overseas. Visitors will enjoy discovering the present day olive oil production that happens in the area. Olive trees cover thirty-six per cent of the districts and locals are proud of their participation in this ancient tradition. When the olives are ripe and ready for picking, locals head out to the fields and any opportunity to accompany them will be a wonderful experience.
Things to Do in Urla
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