The Aegean region is located in eastern Turkey along its coast, where it enjoys a temperate climate. Tourism is the main source of its economy. Its fishing ponds surround famous holiday villages and historical monuments. Pine forests and olive groves on the fringes of the beaches also add a unique natural diversity.
What proves this diversity is that many residents act as guides for visitors who want to tour the sights in the area. The majority of the population lives near the coast. The popular capital of the region, Izmir, is considered the most modern city in the country. Izmir ranks third in the list of Turkey's largest cities and also has the second-largest commercial port. It features a modern waterfront promenade filled with cafés and bistros.
The Aegean region is also an industrial center. The main products of the region include textiles, leather, foodstuffs, machinery, marble, tobacco, sugar, olives and olive oil.
Kusadasi in Aydin Province is popular for tourism, and its quaint villages and sandy beaches with turquoise waters are among the most popular holiday resorts.
One of its well-known landmarks is the small island of Guvresin Adasi, connected to the mainland by a land bridge. Its old fortress now contains a restaurant, café and disco, surrounded by trees and a flower garden.
The resort town benefits from cruise ship passengers that dock for a day or two before heading to its famous neighbour, the ancient city of Ephesus. Kusadasi has beachfront inns, cafes, discos, bars, pubs, restaurants and shops, some of which are in old converted houses. The city offers affordable accommodation and inexpensive Turkish and international meals.
Large hotels, apartments and holiday villas have been and are being built on the hills and hinterland of Kusadasi. It is here that holiday homes are especially popular among British and Irish pensioners.
Izmir is the capital of Izmir Province on the Aegean Sea. It is the second-largest port in Turkey next to Istanbul, and the third-largest urban center in terms of population. Modern Izmir is famous in the ancient world as an important coastal city throughout history, and does not depend much on detailed historical memories, but is mentioned repeatedly in various books.
It is one of Turkey's most advanced cities, having a privatized port and a leading free zone in the country. Young professionals make up much of its workforce, working for international companies and small and medium businesses.
The modern city, consisting of 9 metropolitan areas, hosts many festivals and fairs, the most important of which are the annual Izmir International Fair which is held around Kulturpark and the International Art Festival. The city center is also crowded with the bustling Izmir Grand Bazaar and Konak, the old Ottoman government palace. Wide corridors extend between modern buildings with interiors furnished with traditional Turkish decoration such as carpets, bronze pots and rugs.
The nearby ancient city of Ephesus, famous for its pilgrimage shrines to major deities, and world-class tourism destination Kusadasi, has been incorporated into modern Izmir.
Metropolitan Balchofa is famous for its thermal springs and three popular shopping malls. Its economy is largely dependent on retail trade and tourism.
The ancient Balchofa baths of Agamemnon were referred to in the Trojan War as healing waters where the Greeks were instructed to wash their wounds. Hot sulfur springs and streams are now modern spas and part of five-star hotels. These facilities are very popular, as the water is believed to alleviate ailments such as rheumatism, eczema and sciatica.
There are new housing projects in Balchofa, targeting middle to high-income residents.
Buka is an urban area in Izmir. Wealthy Levantines and Latin Christians settled here during the Ottoman period. Some of their large palaces have been converted into public institutions, while others have been restored and remain private residences.
Boca has a few beautiful parks and many vineyards and orchards planted by the Levantine community in the area. A public square here is named after Çevik Bir, an influential Turkish general in the 1990s.
It is preferred by immigrants looking to settle down because of the modern apartment buildings.
Gazimir is a highly developed industrial district that thrives in export and furniture production and is one of the important retail centers of Izmir. It is home to the Aegean Free Zone Industrial Complex, the headquarters of Space Camp Turkey for science and technology training, and many international companies.
There is a constant progression of large-scale apartment buildings here.
Most of the wealthy long-time residents of the urban Karsiyaka district live in upscale waterfront neighbourhoods. Hill neighbourhoods have a poorer environment and have some informal settlements.
There are also housing for services and industry workers who commute to work in nearby areas. Karsiyaka receives immigrants from Eastern Anatolia.
Konak stretches along the southern coast of Izmir to the tip of the Gulf of Izmir. It is the administrative center of Izmir, home to the governor and metropolitan municipal offices.
Konak has an active industrial, commercial and residential area within a large rural area consisting of forest-covered mountains and remote villages.
Some of the notable spots in the region are Konak Square, which was once the site of the Ottoman soldiers' lodge, the 19th century Izmir clock tower, and Kemeralti's market district, which was built on a submerged part of the bay in the 17th century.
Alsancak is located within the urban area of Konak, the historical center of Izmir.
Along the pedestrian-only streets, there are old and new buildings housing great shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The Aegean coast is a long coastline, as we have seen, and many cities overlook it. Some of them are from a long time ago to start his commercial and tourism career, and some of them have been enjoyed since time immemorial. Generally, many properties can be found on this coast with different price ranges. You just have to make up your mind and decide which you want your next destination to be.