Sığacık, Seferihisar – İzmir – Turkey

GPS : 38°10’04.0″N 26°47’47.3″E / 38.167780, 26.796477

This large bay is fringed by low-key (quiet) beach clubs and gated communities. It is divided into two parts by an island, Çiçek Adası, that is connected to the mainland by a sunken causeway. At the landward end of this causeway there is sufficient depth to cross it with a dinghy and outboard.

Danger : Give a wide berth to the reefs that extend off the south end of the Çiçek Adası. Note also that there is a sandy shoal (2 m) right in the middle of the northern half of the bay.

The bay provides excellent protection from the Meltemi but is exposed to the south. The bottom is mostly thick poseidonia grass, making anchoring a bit of a challenge. The key is to hunt for the patches of sand that do provide good holding, but may be in quite shallow water. The northern half of the bay has the sandy beaches, the southern half is fringed with shallow rocks.

The bay is excellent for windsurfing, having smooth water and being surrounded on three sides by low lying land, which means little in the way of land-induced gusts and shifts. However, getting ashore with a dinghy is more problematic. There are two fishing boat docks to which a dinghy can be tied and locked. One is at the very northern end.

However, apart from a small beach club and gated community there is nothing ashore except a long road north to Akkum (several big resorts) and Siğacık.

The other is about 500 m East of the causeway 38°09’50.9″N 26°48’49.1″E / 38.164132, 26.813641. This is the community of Akarca known to people in Siğacık as ‘the beaches’. From here (shore side of the road) there are minibuses that run to Seferihisar, from where one can take another to Izmir, Siğacık, or other destinations. Note that the waterfront road that goes north along the beach does not connect through to the other dinghy dock. Also there is no direct transport between this bay and Siğacık.

There does not appear to be any provisioning stores in this locality, so shopping trips would require a trip to Seferihisar, which has a large market on Fridays.

Good cell phone connection.

The bay is excellent for windsurfing, having smooth water and being surrounded on three sides by low lying land, which means little in the way of land-induced gusts and shifts.

Çiçek Adası
GPS : 38°09’39.5″N 26°48’15.9″E / 38.160978, 26.804410

GPS : 38°10’38.0″N 26°47’06.0″E / 38.177222, 26.785000

Teos or Teo was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, on a peninsula between Chytrium and Myonnesus. It was founded by Minyans from Orchomenus, Ionians and Boeotians, but the date of its foundation is unknown. Teos was one of the twelve cities which formed the Ionian League. The city was situated on a low hilly isthmus. Its ruins are located to the south of the modern town Sığacık in the Seferihisar district of Izmir Province, Turkey.

Pausanias writes that the city was founded by Minyans from Orchomenus under the leadership of Athamas, a descendant of Athamas the son of Aeolus. Later on they were joined by Ionians and more colonists from Athens and Boeotia. Teos was a flourishing seaport with two fine harbours until Cyrus the Great invaded Lydia and Ionia (c. 540 BC). The Teans found it prudent to retire overseas, to the newly founded colonies of Abdera in Thrace and Phanagoria on the Asian side of the Cimmerian Bosporus. The port was revived by Antigonus Cyclops.

During the times of the Roman emperors, the town was noted for its wine, a theatre and Temple of Dionysus. These are positioned near the acropolis, which is situated on a low hill and had fortifications by the 6th century. A shipwreck near Tektaş, a small rock outcrop near Teos harbour, dates from the Classical period (around the 6th to the 4th centuries BC) and implies trading connections by sea with eastern Aegean Islands.

It was a member of the Lydian group of the Ionian League, one of the four groups defined by Herodotus, based on the particular dialects of the cities. It was the birthplace of Anacreon the poet, Hecateus the historian, Protagoras the sophist, Scythinus the poet, Andron the geographer, Antimachus the epic poet and Apellicon, the preserver of the works of Aristotle. Epicurus reportedly grew up in Teos and studied there under Nausiphanes, a disciple of Democritus. Vitruvius notes Hermogenes of Priene as the architect of the monopteral temple of Dionysus at Teos.

The site today
The modern village of Sığacık is situated close to the ruins of Teos. The interior of what was previously the city has now been intensively farmed, which makes it difficult to excavate the site. Through ploughing, pottery has been brought to the surface of the earth, which has been collected through archaeological survey.

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