The region, bearing the same name as the sea, is in the west of the Anatolian Peninsula. There are eight provinces in the region: Afyon, Aydın, Denizli, Izmir, Kütahya, Manisa, Muğla and Uşak. The country’s third biggest city, Izmir, is in this region.
The region shows geographical variety, so it is divided into two parts, the coastal and the inland parts. In the coastal part, between the parallel mountain ranges running straight to the sea, are fertile plains and rivers. Bozdağ Moun tain and the Büyük Menderes, the Küçük Menderes and the Gediz rivers are important. Bafa and Marmara lakes are among the big lakes in Turkey. In the coastal part, which has a Mediterranean climate, maquis and olive groves occupy the majority of the land. Cotton, tobacco and grapes are produced. The inland part of the region has cold, wet winters and hot dry summers because of being a threshold to Central Anatolia.
The Aegean and Marmara regions are the most developed regions in Turkey. The major industrial centers are Izmir, which is also the biggest port! in the region, Manisa and Denizli.
The coastline, known as Ionia m history, is a world famous tourist attraction.
Kuşadası, Ephesus, Marmaris, Halicarnassus, Didyma and Dalyan with Pergamun, Pamukkale and Aphrodisias in the inland part of the country, are major touristic places.
Aegean Coast Destinations
- Bergama (Pergamon)
- Denizli – Pamukkale (Hierapolis)
- Ephesus (Selçuk)
- Priene (Aydin)
- The House of the Virgin Mary