Aydin City Guide

Aydin City Guide

Aydın is an important tourism center of Turkey and located in Aegean Region. With more than 1 million population, the city has a metropolis title.  Aydın has important tourism destinations like Didim and Kuşadası, however Aydın is the agricultural center of Aegean Region. For example, Söke Plateu is an important agricultural production center for the city. The fertile lands irrigated by the Büyük Menderes River provide great benefits to Aydın. Half of the city’s territory is suitable for use as agricultural land. most of fig and chestnut produced here in Turkey. Other important agricultural products of Aydın are; cotton, olives, strawberries, artichokes, celery, tangerines and peanuts.

In Aydın, which has just entered the industrialization process, mainly; food production, machinery and equipment production, white goods manufacturing, textile products manufacturing, mining and quarrying, automotive supply industry and chemical materials are produced for processing agricultural production. The annual temperature average of Aydın is quite high. Summers are hot and dry, winters are warm and rainy in Aydın, where the Mediterranean climate prevails. Thanks to the Büyük Menderes Valley, the mild effect of the sea enters into the inner parts.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)




140 / km2

1,20 %

611 km2




58,000 ₺

Different districts play different roles on Aydın economy. Efeler is the biggest and central district of Aydın with 300.000 population. So, we can say that only 26% Aydın population live in city center. It means that the cities have different features with important populations. For example, Nazilli is an important industrial center with 160.000 population, also Söke is an important agricultural center with 120.000 population. When we look at tourism concept, Didim and Kuşadası with a total of 200.000 population. These districts have important 5-five star international tourism facilities. When we look at the other districts, the main activities are agriculture and breeding.

The districts of Aydın are Bozdoğan, Buharkent, Çine, Didim, Efeler, Germencik, İncirliova, Karacasu, Karpuzlu, Koçarlı, Köşk, Kuşadası, Kuyucak, Nazilli, Söke, Sultanhisar and Yenipazar. You will find detailed information for all districts of Aydın in this guide.

Short History of Aydın

Throughout the history, Aydın has hosted many different civilizations. So, the city has a rich cultural diversity and many historical buildings. Strabon, one of the historians of the Ancient Greek period, states that Aydın was founded by the tribes of Argos and Thrace. Northern tribes that they migrated to Thrace starting from the BC 8th century and started to spread to the Aegean and Menderes Valley from there. These tribes, which founded the cities of Nysa and Magnesia, also reconstruct Aydın, which was called “Atria” at that time.

In this process, many ancient cities were built on the territory of the region. Aydın, the bishopric center in Byzantine rule, joined the territory of Menteşeoğulları in 1282 and passed the Turkish domination and its name changed to “Güzelhisar”. The region, an important cultural center, has witnessed many uprisings from time to time. In addition, the first railway line in Anatolia was built on the Aydın-İzmir route. Aydin suffered Greek invasion in 1919, the occupation rescued 7 In September of 1922 the Republic of Turkey has taken its place as a province.

Accommodation in Aydın is so developed in central and touristic districts. Aydın, which embodies the lush nature of the Aegean and its historical beauties, embraces its local and foreign visitors every year. While you discover these historical and natural beauties, Aydın hotels offer comfortable accommodation with a wide range of services. At the same time, the hotels are suitable for every budget. Budget planning is very important when planning your holiday. We can say that the prices of Aydın hotels vary at different times of the year. However, if you are looking for a full-fledged service, 5-star options in Aydin center hotels may be just what you are looking for. We should also remind you that it will be much more advantageous to book hotels in Aydın early.

Thanks to Didim and Kuşadası, Aydın is an important tourism destination for both local and foreign tourists at the last years. You can find a lot of accommodation alternatives in these districts. But, the prices will be a bit higher when compared to other districts during the summer tourism season.

The concept real estate for sale in Aydın or real estate for rent in Aydın will be so important if you need real estate. After obtaining metropolis title, the real estate prices increased by 40% in Aydın. When we look at the price index of Aydın districts, Didim and Kuşadası took the first two places with their tourism potential. As of the end of June 2020, the average square meter unit price of the houses for sale in Aydın is 2.556 TL. The return, that is, depreciation periods of houses with the same features are at the level of 23 years.

Considering the annual averages, the districts that gained the highest value in the province of Aydın as of the end of June 2020 were Kuşadası, Didim, Buharkent, Sultanhisar, Incirliova, respectively.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Aydın ? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In İzmir, there are 9 state hospitals, 1 university training and research hospitals, and 6 private hospitals.  You can get high-quality health services in many health instutitions in Aydın.

Aydın is located in Aegean Region of Turkey. Thanks to its flat terrain structure, Aydın is one of the cities where transportation is easiest. It is possible to reach many districts through a single road. Efficient plains and wide plains reduce road construction costs throughout the city. There is also a motorway connection with neighboring cities. The city has railway connections with İzmir and Denizli, and regional train services are available daily. There is no civil airport in Aydın.

Road Transportation

Transportation is very convenient since Aydın is located on important highway intersections in the Aegean. Although it is more intense during the holiday seasons, there are direct bus services from many cities. Aydın Intercity Bus Terminal is on the Aydın-Muğla road and about 5-6 km from the city. It’s outside. City buses run between the bus station and the center. There is a private shuttle service and a taxi service for the districts.

Railway Transportation

Daily train services between İzmir (Basmane) and Denizli pass through Aydın. Also; There are regional express services between Aydın ↔ Söke / Söke ↔ Denizli / Söke ↔ Nazilli / İzmir ↔ Söke.

Seaway Transportation

In the summer, there are regular ferry services between Aydın Kuşadası Port and Samos Island of Greece. In addition, Kuşadası Port, which is on the holiday route, is visited by cruise ships, yachts and engines that bring daily and foreign tourists. There are two marina that serves tourists in Kuşadası and Didim districts of Aydın. In the summer months, ferry services are available between Aydın ↔ Didim and Muğla Bodrum.

Inner-city Transportation

You can find regular bus lines to almost all districts of Aydın every day. Aydın Intercity Bus Terminal is the central transportation point for the city. If you want to travel from Aydın to another district or city, it may be good for your to make early reservation.

If you are looking for “Best places to visit in Aydın” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Aydın” , check out the best locations to see in the city in this guide. Choose your destination, click on the guide and start discovering Aydın deeply now. We can say Aydın has a lot of historical places to see. Didyma Antique City and Apollon Temple is the most important symbol of Aydın. You can reach with 16 km. travel from Didim city center to the temple. Miletus Antique City is an important destination for Aydın. Miletus, which had four harbors during the Ionians, has remained inside the sea today. The famous Söke Plain is a sea and Bafa Lake is a bay in this period. The first settlement here started as a Myken colony since the mid-2000s BC.

Güvercinada Castle is located in Kuşadası district. Not many people come to Aydın Kuşadası without seeing this beautiful cute island. In fact, this island is a place that is integrated with the city. It is a place consisting entirely of a castle. Bafa Lake Nature Park is one of the important natural beauties in Aydın. Bafa Lake, whose deepest place is 25 meters, was formed by the waters of the Büyük Menderes River. As the Menderes River flooded, the bay filled the bay and lake appeared. Karabağlar Canyon, located in Karacasu district of Aydın, has a natural beauty worth seeing. Although the distance between the start and end points is approximately 2.5 kilometers, a difference of 200 meters is noticeable when the start point and end point heights are compared. However, there are a lot of places to visit in Aydın like Akbük Bay, Yörük Ali Efe Museum and Kurşunlu Monastery.

There are only 1 state university in the borders of Aydın. Adnan Menderes University is located in Aydın. In different districts, there are faculties and vocational schools.


Enes Sahin

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