Things to Know

Aydin is one of the major cities in Turkey's Aegean region and it is a growing, dynamic city. Aside from industry, the province's main agricultural products are figs, olives, strawberries and cotton.

The province of Aydin was once known as Tralles, renowned for its school of sculpture. The Aydin Museum exhibits relics of many civilizations that have passed through this important center in Anatolia. The remains here date back to the 2nd century AD, while you may see examples of other periods around the province. After 1186, the city of Aydin was under Seljuk rule. It is during this time that architectural changes were made in the city, many of which are on display at the local museum.

Fertile lands in Aydin province are especially good for growing figs, which have a world-known reputation. The region is rich in folklore and legends which are often told through dances. Zeybek is a traditional dance of the city, and it can be played with 2, 4, 6 or 9 players. The Efe player wears a blouse covered by an ornamented cotton jacket embroidered with flowers; he also wears striped wadded trousers and knitted waistcoast. Accessories include cloth anklets, tasseled fez hat and gaiters on his calfs.

Aydin is home to mineral springs that provide healing qualities. The Aydin spa offers three pools- two close, one open with a temperature of 31 degrees Celsius. The spas at Imamkoy, Germencik and Alangullu are also in the province of Aydin and serve to cure ailments as well.

Aydin borders many important historical sites, such as Tralleis, Aphrodisias, Miletos, Alinda, Alabanda, Nysa, Magnesia, Amyzon, Panionion, Neopolis, Mastaura, Antiokya, Gerga, Akharaka, Harpasa, Piginda, Orthosia, Phygela.

In Aydın, the natural splendors and coastal culture combine seamlessly with rich heritage, making it a must-see destination in the Aegean region.

Places to Visit in Aydin