One Day Trip Urla
This time we’re starting from Urla, most of the residents of which are settled both in summer and winter and therefore the social and the cultural activities are never ending for four seasons a year, and we continue our route with beautiful Aegean villages.
We start our trip from Urla, which is only half an hour away from İzmir’s city center and also the hometown of famous Yorgo Seferis, Neyzen Tevfik, and Tanju Okan. You can take a walk in Zafer Street which has become a kind of art street, and then take a break to take photos in Tanju Okan Park, which is made in memory of the famous Turkish singer. You also visit the Historical Arasta Bazaar and Malgaca Bazaar mentioned in Evliya Çelebi's Travelogue. If it’s a Sunday, you can visit Urla Herb Market, which is established in the pier area, to buy some delicious Aegean herbs such as radish grass, fennel, chickpeas, cibes, and scallops. If you visit Urla in August, you can see in Urla Traditional Grape Harvest Festival.
Urla Vineyard Road
Our next stop is Urla Bağ Yolu. There are five family-owned vineyard houses on this neighborhood, which translates as ‘vineyard road’. You can try the wines made from foreign and local grapes accompanied with other local food in the restaurants of the vineyard houses.
Our last stop is Bademler village, the first village to have a theatre in Anatolia, where many plays have been staged since 1930s. It is also famous for its library, museum of special children toys, and flower greenhouses. Don’t forget to taste gözleme (pancakes), ayran (a yoghurt drink) and kalburabastı (a dessert) when you’re in this surprisingly clean village.
One last reminder: the first Turkish movie to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, director Metin Erksan’s Susuz Yaz (Dry Summer) was filmed in this village.
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