Places to Visit in Söke

Jan. 31, 2024
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Söke is one of the touristic districts of the city of Aydın, located in the Aegean Region of our country. Söke district is a region that stands out especially with its ancient cities and cultural riches. The district, located 50 kilometers away from Aydın city center, is also one of the largest districts of our country. The district is very popular because it is close to regions such as Kuşadası and Didim, which are important points in terms of tourism. It is possible to have a wonderful holiday in the district located on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Because this place gets quite crowded, especially with the start of the summer season. It is very important to learn transportation information for those who will come to Söke for both sightseeing and holiday purposes. While Söze is an important district in terms of places to visit, it also offers great convenience in transportation.

Options such as private vehicles, buses, planes and trains are widely used in transportation to the district. Those coming from Aydın can choose one of the urban transportation alternatives. Visitors coming from outside the city can use the navigation application if they come with their personal vehicles. Those planning to come from Istanbul can also consider the Izmir-Istanbul highway option. Those who want to come by intercity bus can research the bus companies that organize trips to this region. After choosing the bus company, you can go on a pleasant journey by purchasing an affordable bus ticket. Holidaymakers who plan to come from more distant cities may prefer transportation by air. However, since there is no airport in either the district or the city, your transportation point should be Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

You can buy a flight ticket by choosing among the flight companies that go to this region from your location. When your plane journey ends and you land at the airport, you can take public transportation to go to the district or consider the taxi service option. The last alternative for transportation to the district is by rail. Those who plan to come from Denizli can travel by train. Söke, one of the most beautiful districts of Aydın, is one of the regions that has hosted many civilizations throughout history. Therefore, it is rich in terms of cultural structure. Among the places you should definitely see when you come to the region are Old Doğanbey Village, Priene Ancient City, Didyma Ancient City, St. Nicholas Church and İlyas Ağa Mosque. In the rest of our article, you can read the remarkable features of these places and create your list of places to visit more easily.

Old Doganbey Village

The first place on our list of places to visit in Söke is the Old Doğanbey Village, also known as the Greek Village. This village, which is approximately 30 kilometers away from the town center, is ideal for those who like to visit historical places.

Greek people continued to live in this village in ancient times. However, during the War of Independence, the people migrated to Greece. In this region, you can see houses from the Greeks and come across structures such as fountains and hospitals that reflect the traces of Ottoman architecture. As soon as you set foot in this village, you can feel the different atmosphere and go on a pleasant journey into the history of the district. You can also take lots of photos to record these historical moments.

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Ancient City of Priene

One of the historical places you should see closely when you come to the district is the Ancient City of Priene, also known as the Ancient Greek city.

It is possible to come across many historical buildings and ruins in the ancient city, located approximately 15 kilometers away from the town center. The Priene Temple of Athena, which stands out with its magnificent appearance, is known as the most striking historical structure of the city. While the city was located on the seaside when it was built, over time it became part of the land due to the Menderes alluviums.

Didyma Ancient City

The next route on our list of places to visit in Söke is Didyma Ancient City, which stands out with its mystical atmosphere. If you are interested in mystical places, we definitely recommend you to see this place closely.

In this ancient city located in the district, there is also the Didyma Temple of Apollo, which has the same name as the city. Some excavations were carried out here by the Germans, and as a result of these studies, it was revealed that this place was not only an ancient city but also a center of prophecy. In other words, religious ceremonies were once held in this region. You can also visit this ancient city with an impressive story.

St. Nicholas Church

Located on the Gelebeç side of the Güllübahçe District of the district, St. Nicholas Church is one of the important historical buildings of the region.

This church, which was built by the Greeks in 1821, is the second church dedicated to Santa Claus. You can participate in sightseeing tours to visit this building, which stands out with its historical texture.

İlyas Ağa Mosque

İlyas Ağa Mosque, also known as Koca and Cuma Mosque, is the location It is located in the district center of Arak. It is commonly known as Koca Mosque by the local people.

One of the prominent parts of the mosque is its fountain and ablution room, which was built separately from the building. There is no clear information about when the building was built. It is written on it that it was restored by İlyas Ağa in 1821.

After seeing the places on our list of places to visit in Söke, you can also visit Altınkum, which is approximately 55 kilometers away from the town, and Women's Beach, which is located 25 kilometers away from the town, to enjoy the sea, sand and sun.​  

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