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Discover Turkey’s impressive historical sites

Immerse yourself in Turkey’s mesmerising history and culture by exploring some of the country’s many historical sites and museums. Fortunately, for those visiting Mark Warner’s Phokaia Beach Resort the hotel is located close to Turkey’s most impressive historical ruin, Ephesus UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Foça, visitors are able to explore the winding streets and ancient buildings of this town which has been a place of historical importance since the 12th century. 

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus

Transport yourself back in time by visiting the most impressive of Turkey’s historical ruins, the ancient town of Ephesus, which was historically one of the most important ports on the Aegean Sea. Strategically located, the town was a centre point for trading and commerce in ancient times. Built by the ancient Greeks in the 10th century BC, Ephesus was later ruled by the Romans for nine centuries.

One of the most popular historical sites in Turkey, the local government has been extremely proactive in preserving the natural beauty of the town and its impressive historical ruins. Visitors to Ephesus can explore the town’s ancient ruins at their own leisure or with an experienced guide, where you have the opportunity to learn more about its extensive history.

The piece de resistance of this ancient town is the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was built to honour the goddess of the moon and hunt, Artemis.  Located just an hour and 45 minutes’ drive from Phokaia Beach Resort, exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus is not to be missed while holidaying in Turkey.  

Spend an afternoon in old Foça

The location of the Phokaia Beach Resort on the outskirts of Foça means that guests at the hotel have the beautiful Old Town of Foça right on their doorstep. Step back in time as you explore the winding streets and alleyways of the historical part of the town. A port town in the Middle Ages, Old Foça dates back as far as the 12th century. It has a chequered past and was originally populated by Greeks until they were wiped out in the Greek Genocide. As a result, most of the Ancient Greek architecture was destroyed and then replaced. The areas’ vibrant history only adds to the appeal of the town, where you can expect to see a number of different ruins for all periods of Foça’s history.   

Turkey is a diverse country with a magnitude of things to do and see including its incredible historical ruins. For more information on what’s happening in Foça click here.




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