Seferihisar, Aydin

Seferihisar is a coastal town and the center of the district of the same name in Izmir Province, in Turkey. Seferihisar district area borders on other Izmir districts of Urla to the west and Menderes (Cumaovasi) to the east, and touches Izmir’s western-most metropolitan district of Guzelbahce in the north. Seferihisar town center is situated slightly inland at an altitude of 28 m and the urban tissue extends towards the sea as composed of seven quarters, among which the part called Sigacik stands somewhat separately from the rest at a distance of 5 km, has its own port and made a name by its own right. The wide area of the district center partly accounts for its high population and an urbanization rate of 51 %, while the general impression received is rather rural in some of its sections. Both the center town and the district as a whole preserves an overall outlook of a pleasant resort area bearing typical Aegean characteristics.
The district’s economy is largely based on agriculture, with the production of tangerines and satsumas standing out, and increasingly on tourism, with the presence of several housing projects or vacation villages, pensioners opting to settle in the region due to its quiet charm and a university campus in phase of being built. At a distance of 45 km (28 mi) from Izmir center, (Konak), the connections with the metropolis are made easily, especially once reached the six-lane highway in Urla. Seferihisar is where the ancient city of Teos is located and its highly interesting await further research and discoveries. The district’s literacy level is 99

Sights of interest include the ancient city of Teos near Sigacik locality, the ruins locally called as KarakOse in Doganbey - Gerenalani region, the depending locality of Sigacik itself where an inner castle was constructed within a larger one by the Ottomans and near which a French vacation village is also situated. Seferihisar also has beautiful beaches and bays along its 27 km. coastal strait.