New Normal's New Favorite Activity: Camping and Caravan Vacations
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many habits of ours. During this period which is called "the new normal", it is very natural that our vacation habits change as well. Nowadays, many people prefer camping in nature instead of staying in crowded hotels. Here are 10 addresses where you can stay in Izmir, either in your tent, by renting a bungalow or by pulling your caravan under a tree:
1. Çanak Bay Camping Area
This camping area in Foça is free. You can use the local businesses to meet your basic needs in this camping area, which you can easily reach even with public transportation. If you prefer this campsite, make sure you do not miss the unique sunsets.
2. Sazlıca Beach Camp
Sazlıca Beach Camp in Yeni Foça is right next to the sea. You can enjoy the sea during the day in this camping area, which attracts attention with its location that combines blue and green, and in the evening, you can taste the food you brought with you or visit the restaurant in the camping area. There is also a diving club serving the diving enthusiasts in the camp area, where the shower, toilet, fridge, internet, and 220W electrical services are provided. You can rent a tent or a caravan here. Sunbeds and umbrellas are free for guests who have rented caravans.
3. Ekmeksiz Recreation Area
This area is located in the quiet and peaceful district of Seferihisar's Sığacık region, which is about 52 kilometers from the city center. The visitor capacity is one thousand 500 people and 100 tents per day. There is a country club with a sea view, toilets, snack stand, picnic units, tent areas, electricity, drinking, and utility water. It is possible to stay overnight. While staying here, do not forget to go to the traditional coffee house with a sea-view to enjoy a cup of coffee.
4. Mona Camp
Mona Camp, located in Sığacık, Seferihisar, one of the most beautiful spots in one of the calmest and peaceful districts of İzmir, is only a 15-20 minute walk from Kaleiçi and Teos Ancient City. If you are looking for a peaceful Aegean holiday between tangerine and olive trees under the deep blue sky, you can check this camping area consisting of 5 fixed trailer caravans and 3 glamping tents on a 10-acre-land.
5. Karagöl Recreation Area
Located in Karşıyaka district, up in the Yamanlar Mountains which have made a name with the legend of Tantalus, this area is 26 kilometers from İzmir. There is a country club in the park with a view of the lake. It has toilets, a snack stand, picnic units, electricity, drinking, and utility water. It is possible to stay overnight in the park. The daily visitor capacity is 950 people.
6. Tanay Nature Park
Tanay Forest Camp is located in Ilıca locality of Çeşme and is a natural protected area. It stands out as one of the most popular camping areas in İzmir because it is close to both beautiful beaches and many tourism destinations. In the camp that belongs to the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, you will have no trouble finding a shadow because there are numerous trees. In the camping area, there are standard services such as buffet, restaurant, laundry, kitchen, stove, drinking water, and toilet. The area also has a wastewater discharge spot for caravans.
7. Gümüldür Camping Area
Located in Menderes district, in the town of Gümüldür, the distance of this recreation area to İzmir is 75 kilometers. There is a country club, entertainment area, a snack stand, toilets, picnic units, and a tent area. Equipped with electricity, drinking, and utility water, the Gümüldür recreation area has a daily visitor capacity of 2,500 people and a tent capacity of 300.
Also located in the town of Gümüldür of Menderes district, Hipocamp is one of Turkey's largest and most modern camping areas. Spread over an area of 60 thousand square meters in the shade of pine trees, the campsite also has a private beach with an international blue flag award. Hipocamp, which offers restaurants, cafeterias, mini markets, safe boxes, and 24-hour security services, is very close to the historical sites of Menderes such as Klaros Prophecy Center, Kolophon (Değirmendere), Notion Ancient City and Lebedos Ancient City. There is also a waste discharge unit for caravans in Hipocamp.
9. Kalemlik Recreation Area
This recreation area is located in Menderes district, 75 kilometers from İzmir, and only 1 kilometer from Özdere. With a capacity of 3,000 people and 150 tents per day, overnight stays are possible. There are toilets, a snack stand, picnic units, tent areas, electricity, and utility water here. There is also a restaurant where you can eat meat or fish. The recreation area is surrounded by Calabrian pine and oak forest and has a view of the sea. Equipped with bungalows, tents can also be rented out in this recreation area.
10. Klaros (Denizpınarı) Recreation Area
This area, which is in the Ahmetbeyli region of Menderes district, is 70 kilometers from İzmir and 4 kilometers from Ahmetbeyli. Overnight stays are possible in this recreation area with a daily capacity of 3,000 people and 100 tents.