Seferihisar – İzmir – Turkey

GPS : 38°04’28.4″N 26°57’43.4″E / 38.074549, 26.962048

Ürkmez is a small coastal town and administratively depending the district center of Seferihisar in İzmir Province, Turkey. Ürkmez is one of the most beautiful spots of the Aegean coast. Intertwined with forests and surrounded by hills, Ürkmez offers beautiful and stunning landscapes. Especially the pine woods stretching through the river on the north of Ürkmez Dam and the Kalabak rocks on the roadside offer resplendent panoramas for trekkers.

The city was built on and around a very small peninsula (175 m long, reaching a height of 61 m and with an isthmus 201 m wide), which is called the Kısık Peninsula today and depends on the coastal township of Ürkmez, part of Seferihisar locality, a district center depending on the province seat of İzmir.

Special Shopping : Satsumas, Tangerines
Beach : İpekkum, Angora, Havacilar Sitesi, Bengiler Public Beach
Shopping : Supermarkets, Markets, Shops, Stores
Public Market :
Health : Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Rental Villas
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries

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


Sandy beach, lifeguard and lifesaving equipments are available with personnel, sport facilities, access ramps and one disabled toilet, lifeguard / lifesaving facilities are available between 08:00-18:00. No natural sensitive areas nearby 25 km away from city center. There is public transport to the beach, environmental education activities are organised by Seferihisar Municipality.

There are also thermal springs in Ürkmez. Karakoç Spa, found on the Kavakdere road, is about 5 km away from Ürkmez.

GPS : 38°04’41.0″N 26°57’53.0″E / 38.078056, 26.964722
Ürkmez is where the ancient city of Lebedos was located and there are still some traces of the historic settlement. Lebedus or Lebedos was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League, located south of Smyrna, Klazomenai and neighboring Teos and before Ephesus, which is further south. It was on the coast, ninety stadia (16.65 km) to the east of Cape Myonnesus, and 120 (22.2 km) west of Colophon. The bishopric of Lebedus, a suffragan of Ephesus, is included in the Catholic Church’s list of titular sees.

Lebedus appears in Notitiae piscopatum as an episcopal see, suffragan of Ephesus until the 12th and 13th centuries. Three bishops only are known: Cyriacus, who witnessed the Second Council of Ephesus in 449; Julian, represented by his metropolitan at the Council of Chalcedon in 451; Theophanes or Thomas, who attended the Second Council of Nicaea in 787.

According to Pausanias, the town was inhabited by Carians when the Ionian Greeks immigrated there under the guidance of Andraemon, a son of Codrus. Strabo, however, states that it was colonized by Andropompus and that it previously bore the name of Artis in Lydia. Lebedos became a flourishing city thanks to its commerce, and was famous for its mineral springs. But it was one of the smaller cities of the Ionian League, handicapped by the limited space of its hinterland and a comparatively unsuitable port.

In the Hellenistic age, around 304 BC, Antigonus I Monophthalmus tried to join the city with Teos; however, this operation was incomplete and eventually annulled by Lysimachus, who moved its population to Ephesus in 292 BC.

Under Roman rule, it flourished anew, becoming the meeting place of the actors of all Ionia when these were temporarily exiled from Teos, and festivals were celebrated in honour of Dionysus.

Ürkmez – İzmir 50 km to, Izmir Airport 40 km, Seferihisar 24 km Kuşadası 50 km, Ephesus 40 km.
Minibus : Ürkmez – Seferihisar, Gümüldür
Bus : Ürkmez – İzmir, Menderees, Ankara, İstanbul
Airport : İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport

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