The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Sights


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  • Ilica
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Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Still a summer retreat for Izmir's wealthy, Ilıca fronts one of the peninsula's most popular beaches, with many hotels lined up along the seafront and unusually warm, crystal-clear water and white sand—the name means "hot spring" or "spa" in Turkish. The public beach here is large, and has lots of waves, but gets crowded on weekends. The town has plenty of shops and eateries and is particularly known for its kumru (literally translated as "dove"), a Turkish-style panini sandwich prepared with kaşar cheese (similar to mild cheddar), sucuk (a spicy, Turkish beef sausage), salami, sliced tomatoes, and pickles stuffed inside sesame-seed bread and served piping hot. There's no kitesurfing at Ilıca beach in summer, but it's allowed in winter, though you'll have to bring your own gear. Jet Skis and banana boats are available. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: ;swimming; walking.

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Ilıca Plajı, Ilica, Izmir, 35930, Turkey

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Published 07/06/2016


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