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Seferihisar

Seferihisar holidays

Situated in Izmir province on the west coast of Turkey, Seferihisar is a quiet district with a traditional Turkish atmosphere. The countryside is rich with olive trees, vineyards and citrus trees, and there are a number of ancient ruins dotted around the area.

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Surrounded by Aegean Sea

Seferihisar is a small town with a population of around 30,000. It's bordered on the south and west by the beautiful Aegean Sea, and the Greek island of Samos is within easy reach by ferry.

The coastal stretch, Sigacik, is particularly popular with tourists looking for cheap holidays to Turkey, and there's a fancy new marina at nearby Teos where huge yachts are moored. Teos Marina also has a selection of shops, restaurants – and not to mention that all-important spa.

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Unwind in Sikecik harbour

The harbour at Sikecik is home to a number of bars and cafes, where you can relax at the end of a long day in the sun with a well-deserved drink. There are a number of hotels in the area too, many with fantastic entertainment including live music, comedy nights, and belly dancing.

Enjoy amazing seafood

With fishermen out every day, you're guaranteed a fresh catch from one of the many great restaurants in the Seferihisar district, plus seafood plays a huge part on their menus. Plenty of the hotels in the region have restaurants that are open to non-guests so be sure to check these out, too.

Shop 'til you drop at Teos Marina

Around a 15-minute walk from most hotels, Teos Marina has a good selection of shops where you can spend your holiday lira on anything from vintage wines to fancy sunglasses and jewellery.

Greek charm

Head to Seferihisar harbour where you can get the ferry over to Samos – the journey takes less than an hour and when you arrive you'll be rewarded with huge white beaches, beautiful sea, and glorious countryside. In Samos town the streets are lined with photogenic whitewashed houses and traditional Greek tavernas.

Life’s a beach

Seferihisar has a host of Blue Flag beaches for you to enjoy, whatever Turkey holiday package style you've gone for. There are 10 public beaches with lifeguards and facilities, and a selection of private beaches which have also been given the award in recognition of their cleanliness. If you're visiting during the summer months when temperatures soar, the chances are you'll welcome some time spent enjoying the cooling sea breeze.

Euphoric Euphoria Spa

The Euphoria Aegean Resort and Spa Sigacik has a Blue Flag private beach and an amazing spa with a comprehensive range of treatments including Turkish massage. There's also a special relaxation area and sauna. The private beach comes equipped with sunbeds, parasols and beach towels, and there are plenty of showers and changing cabins.

Ancient history

Get your culture fix with a hike among the ancient ruins in Teos. The remains are scattered around the area and there are signposts to all the major sites. It's a beautiful spot, with wildflowers scattered around the fields and archaeological digs still taking place.

Traditional village market

Visit the village market at Sigacik for a taste of traditional Turkey. The farmers' market on a Sunday is a particular favourite with visitors who love home-made Turkish dishes – there's a huge selection that includes baklava, dolma and Turkish bread.

Under the sea

Head to the Serenad Dive Center and take a look under the sea – diving's a big draw for tourists to this part of Turkey, and the Dive Center offers training programmes for both beginners and expert. They also offer daily diving tours.

Day tripper

If you're hiring a car, you can get to Izmir town in an hour, making it the perfect distance for a day trip. The town has plenty of museums, markets, cafes and restaurants. It's quite the cosmopolitan destination with a whole range of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Some of the top-rated things to do in Izmir town include visiting the clock tower, going to Kemeralti Market, taking a trip to see the animals in the Wild Life Park, the Agora Open Air Museum and the outdoor shopping centre at Forum Bornova. With so much to choose from it can be hard to work out where to start, so it may be worth checking out one of the many organised tours.