- The Aegean
The Aegean Region is the only region in Turkey which opens extensively to the sea. It covers some 11 percent of Turkey’s land with a surface area of approximately 79,000 km2. The region, which is in the west of Anatolia, takes its name from the adjacent sea.
Izmir, Aydin, Manisa & Kutahya Provinces & Usak Province, excluding some small sections, are completely within the borders of the region. Some sections of Mugla, Denizli & Afyon Provinces are included in the Mediterranean or Central Anatolia Regions.The Aegean Region is in second place after the Marmara Region in industrial activities. The region produces more than one third of the grapes & %70 of the figs in Turkey. A total of %48 of the olive trees in Turkey are in this region. Citrus fruits are among the important export items of the region. Tourism is also very developed in the Aegean Region. It contributes considerably to the economy of the region. Throughout the Aegean shores which have “the most beautiful skies & the best climate in the world” (according to the famous historian Herodotus of Bodrum) bays, peninsulas, coves, islands & fine sandy beaches follow one another. Ancient cities famous for their theatres, temples, agoras & fortresses are encountered at every step taken in the region, which has lived intimately with innumerable mythological subjects for centuries. These cities constituted the foundation of the Western civilization with their successful performances realized in the tunnel of time in the fields of city planning, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, architecture & art.