Seferihisar is a coastal district and the center town of the same district in İzmir Province, in Turkey. Seferihisar town center is situated slightly inland at an altitude of 28 m and the urban area extends towards the sea as composed of eight quarters, with some distance among some, and one of which, the neighborhood called Sığacık stands somewhat separately from the rest at a distance of 5 km, and has its own port and made a name as a tourism resort by its own right. The wide area of the district center partly accounts for the high number of the population and an urbanization rate of only 51%, and the general impression observed is rather rural in some of its sections.
Both the center town and the district as a whole preserves an overall outlook of a pleasant resort area bearing typical Aegean characteristics and it is estimated the population reaches the level of 150,000 people during the touristic season. Nevertheless, the district’s economy is still largely based on agriculture, with the production of tangerines and satsumas standing out, and only increasingly on tourism, with the presence of several housing projects or vacation villages, pensioners opting to settle in the region due to its quiet charm and under the impetus of a university campus that is in phase of being built.
At a distance of 45 km from İzmir center, the connections with the metropolis are made easily, especially once reached the six-lane highway in Urla. Seferihisar is where the ancient city of Teos is located and is getting part further research and discoveries on its origins.
Seferihisar became the first town from Turkey to join the international Cittaslow network in 2009. One of the main criteria of Cittaslow is to provide energy savings in public buildings and to use renewable energy sources for the city. With this project Seferihisar Municipality aims to reduce carbon emission by using photovoltaic panels to produce its own clean energy.
City of Seferihisar is a member of Energy Cities since 2011
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