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In Pursuit of Fine Beauties: Urla~Sigacik~Teos & Wine Route

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Traveling Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 26 Oct 23:00 - Mon 29 Oct 23:00

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We will discover serene town of Urla, a few good vineries located on its famous wine route, a lovely fishing town called Sigacik that shines on the most beautiful coastal spot of the Aegean Sea with its unique and "cittaslow" laid-back character & Teos city of antiquity which is the tample of wine God "Dionysus".

When you feel that special serene energy as the morning sun and the warm breeze caresses your face, you know you are in Urla. Famous for its wine, this land has been named unique and indispensable for the likes of Ionians, the Persians, the Romans... and the Turks. Urla is a very special peaceful place where you can roam freely in the vineyards, harbours, beaches & olive groves for exceptionally pleasurable moments. This weekend Urla is welcoming us to discover the region, its natural beauty, its history and internationally acclaimed delicacies.

Life is very calm in Urla. The famous fish restaurants lined along the coast of Iskele neighborhood prepares for the evening with docked boats of all shapes and sizes swaying as the waves come ashore. The coffeehouse on the coast is also crowded with tourists and locals who sip their tea looking at Karantina Island where Ottomans founded a quarantine station to prevent the spread of epidemics in Anatolia.

Every corner in Urla is embedded in history and art. We will visit the house where poet and diplomat Giorgos Seferis (born in Urla) spent his childhood. It feels more like a museum filled with the historic atmosphere of the Protected content . It’s no coincidence that the lives of the people in Urla are intertwined with history. Founded around Protected content , the ancient city of Klazomenai, one of the 12 Ionian cities, is located around Urla's Limantepe district. The Ionians who lived here were mainly busy with trade, art, and science rather than war. The ongoing excavations, which began in the Protected content , have so far revealed small shops, ceramic ovens, iron and olive oil workshops. On our wine route, we will visit this antique city as well. Another interesting stop on the way is an arboretum, a botanic garden complex that is currently home to 1,964 plant species.

Naturally, this generous land also has a rich cuisine. We will definitely try the authentic Urla cuisine with its olive oil dishes and Aegean plants. Restaurants serve stuffed artichokes, wild spinach, çipohorta, çalkamaç and milk thistle, accompanied by great conversations which is as lovely as the dishes.

We will visit the historic market Tarihî Arasta Çarşısı (Historic Market) and Malgaca Market. This is where the commercial heart of Urla has been beating for centuries with bakeries, tailors, coffeehouses, and katmer sellers. Following a short tour around the market, we will go on a long walk towards Zafer Street, also known as Sanat (Art) Street. This is a nostalgic street lined with stone houses with bay windows. We will walk among shops and ceramic workshops that sell glasses made from olive trees, handmade ceramic plates, and marble table service.

Sigacik is where our traditional Turkish Aegean style hotel is. It is built over the foundations of the ancient city of Teos which was also known with its vineyards in the past. Dating back to 2nd. Century BC parts of the walls still stand. The Temple of Dionysos, one of the world's largest temples are also there.This fishing village is also an ideal get away from everything and to listen to the sounds of waves and seagulls. Welcoming its guests with fishing boats, age-long olive trees and curious cats on a mellow Autumn day, Sigacik's cobblestone streets are always peaceful. Although famous Ottoman seafarer Piri Reis described the area as a small sand bar within an ancient harbor, today Sigacik port is a very busy, almost like a carnival of sounds and colors piled up fish boxes, heaps of red, black and orange fish nets and boats of all sizes. As the harbor wraps up in dark shadows during sun set, we can order our fish at a restaurant by the port. We will see what the fisherman meant...and that is exactly why we are going enjoy, celebrate life and our very existence...when we celebrate life, the whole existence participates with us.

“I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.”
― Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

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PS: Twin & Triple accommodation will be at a popular Aegean Turkish style boutique hotel. SIngle stays will be at a separate close by hotel (TBD). We will set on the road on Friday night. We may sleep at the hotel when we arrive to Urla early in the morning on Saturday to make a fresh start to our first day. Timing coincides with our public holiday of Independence Day. This is a 3 nights&3Days Long Weekend Holiday & It includes:
Transportation+2 nights accommodation in a twin room of an apart or a regular twin room+(possibly first night's accom., Friday night, if the hotel is not occupied the day before)+3 xbreakfast +TURSAB mandatory travel insurance+professional guide +in bus snacks & services.