Siğacık, Seferihisar – İzmir – Turkey

GPS : 38°11’40.2″N 26°46’57.8″E / 38.194509, 26.782728

Eşekadası Lighthouse
GPS : 38°11’59.9″N 26°46’13.3″E / 38.199962, 26.770365
Focal Plane : 9 m, Tower Height : 6 m
Character : W.Fl.10 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0+9.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Siğack is a former fishing harbor which has been converted into a full service, 480-berth marina. The marina is a safe place to leave the boat and visit nearby ancient Teos. Coast Guard boat and office between the old fishing harbour and the marina.

Danger : The northern tip of Eşek Adası is rocky. They are submerged rock, and the rocks extend to the north 80 meters. Careful plotting is required. Do not pass between Eşek Adası and the mainland. It is too shallow. Also on the N side of Eşek Adası there is a reef. Give it a wide berth.

Northerly blowing winds are predominant in the gulf. It wakes up by noon time and dies off late afternoon. Winds blow stronger between Points Teke and Doğanbey and builds up heavy seas.

It is possible to anchor off in the bay. In addition to the marina it is possible to anchor in the bay outside, where there is a good sheltered anchorage west of the small boat moorings. Outside the harbour walls, to the north east, are two bays.

The larger, more southerly one is largely filled with mooring balls and small boats, though there is space to anchor between them. However it gets shallow to the East.

The smaller more northerly cove has a small jetty off the north shore. Again, eastwards is shallow, but anchoring in about 5-7m provides nice protection from the Meltemi, although even with the wind from the North or North East there is still some small swell that works its way into the cove. The bottom is silt, sand and weed but seems to give good holding.

Capacity : 150 Boats

Mainbreakwater : 110 m

Shelter Facilities

Administration : Sığacık Fishery Products Cooperative

Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Health : Hospitals, Health Centers, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Ambulances
Hair dresser
Special Shopping : Tangerine
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Beaches : Akkum Beach, Ekmeksiz Beach

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


It was constructed by Palak Mustafa Paşa by using stones brought from the ruins of Teos upon the order of Suleiman the Magnificent (Kanuni Sultan Süleyman) when its important strategic position in Aegean Sea was discovered by Sea Captain (Kaptan-ı Derya) Piri Reis. Its current condition comes from the years 1521-1522. The castle which was called “Sığla” formerly was used as naval base instead of defense purposes. The castle has three different gates called Kuşadası, Ayasuluk and Seferihisar.

A bailey and a keep, called as ward where soldiers live and are trained, exist in the naval base, and two towers and two gates exist at the part of this keep overlooking the sea. Second floors of certain houses rise on the castle walls; and some house walls and windows and stones brought from Teos are seen between walls. There are battlements having the size 1.20 x 50cm at 3m intervals at courtyard walls of towers facing the north; however some of them are closed currently.

The castle which was constructed on a small islet at the west of the town upon the order of Cüneyt, the ruler of Aydınoğulları, had its strongest period under the rule of Murat II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The castle is completely ruined currently. People who want to see the castle can reach the islet by passing through the water having 25-30 cm depth which is at a distance of 80 m from the coast. People who want to reach the castle at the south part of the islet must climb 62 m. You must absolutely see the sunset in the region which offers indispensible views for nature enthusiasts.

Teos, which is located at the seaside at 1 km south of Sığacık Village having 5 km distance to Seferihisar District of ızmir, was founded as an Ionian colony in 1000 B.C. approximately. Its founder is known as Athames, the son of Dionysus. Teos was under the rule of Persians at first, Lydia subsequently, and then Persians again. Teos gained its independence with Ionians and became an important place in trade and architecture.

Ruins of Hellenistic and Roman period exist in Teos. The most important antique building in Teos that is open to visit is Temple of Dionysus which is the biggest of the ancient world. Other important ruins are Agora, theater, Odeon, city walls and port ruins.One of the prettiest towns in the Aegean region, Teos was threatened by the silting of its harbor – even so, some ruins that reveal its identity can be found. The ancient ruins are in the southern part of the existing town.

Teos was one of the most important cities of Ionia. It was spread over a hill that was to be the Acropolis, and extended south to the harbor. The temple, which dates from the 2nd century B.C., was the city’s largest building; it was dedicated to Dionysus. The remains of the Hellenistic walls, the theatre, and the Odeon can still be seen. Towards the end of 3rd century B.C., Teos became known as an active artistic cultural centre. It was the first seat of the Ionian actors who performed at various places. The most famous native of Teos was the lyric poet Anacreon (570 to 478 B.C.).

Spas and Hot Springs: Main places in the status of spa among many hot springs within the borders of our town are springs known as Karakoç and Cumali Spas, Uyuz and Ahmetçi Baths, Gelinboğan and Hamamönü Spas.

Karakoç Spas: The spas located on Eski Kavakdere – İrkmez road are at 15 m height above the sea level and were very famous in Hellenistic Roman and Byzantine periods as well.
Radioactivity of the main spring feeding Karakoç Spa is 9,5 eman, radioactivity of sludge is 4,7 eman, radioactivity of cold water is 8,7 and 6,2 eman. All springs in the region of Karakoç Spas are alkaline waters with bicarbonate and sodium chloride.

Uyuz Spa: Its temperature is 55 degrees and reaction is acid and salt water. 297 mgr free CO2 gas exists per liter. Its radioactivity is 4,3 eman.

Gelinboğan Spa: Temperature of water originating from a spring having 3 lt/sec. flow rate is 68 degrees; its chemical characteristic is the same as Uyuz Baths.

Ahmetçi Bath: Temperatures of two springs are 55 – 57 degrees. Plenty of iron elements exist in this spa as in others.

Hamamönü Spa : Chemical characteristics of the spa located at about 1 km distance to the sea are identical. It has nearly the same characteristics as Balçova Spas. These waters were brought to historical bath in Karaköse and to baths that remained below the ground behind Amarante Hotel through pipes in the ancient era. Flow rate of this spa is very high, too. Unfortunately, waters originating from springs in an area of 150 m2 currently flow uselessly.

Minibus : Sığacık – Seferihisar
Bus : Sığacık – Seferihisar, İzmir
Airport : İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport

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