Manisa City Guide

Manisa City Guide

Manisa is the second largest city of the region after İzmir. Almost 1 and half million people live in Manisa and it’s located on the central of the Aegean Region of Turkey. Manisa is the center of industry and trade in the Turkish Republic. However, Manisa has one of the most developed organized industrial zones in Turkey. Many brands and companies have established production bases in Turkey in Manisa such as Vestel, Ülker and Ferrero. The city is also a tourism city of Turkey with its natural beauties and historical background. This historical city has been hosted Ottoman princes for a long time. In addition to this, there are many historical places to visit in districts of city. Kula Volcanic Geopark area is the first geopark in Turkey.

Manisa is also the center of agriculture in Turkey which is ione of the top 3 cities in agricultural production. Medicinal Mesir Paste and Sultaniye Grape are famous. In addition to this, Manisa is home to the Mesir Festival and Cirit Festival in spring and autumn months. Spil Mountain National Park is the habitat of many endemic plant species. There are many places to visit such as historical buildings, historical sites, spas and natural beauties in Manisa. İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport are located on 60 km from the city and you can find many international flights to different cities and countries of the world. Also, the city has great potential in energy sources such as lignite coal and geothermal. One of the largest thermal power plants in the country is in Manisa. If we look at the education perspective, Hatay has one of the highest quality university of the region like Manisa Celal Bayar University. However, Manisa is the most important attraction point for tourism, industry and real estate investments. Check out the most comprehensive Manisa city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Manisa” or “How to get to Manisa?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)




109 / km2

0,77 %

13.269 km2




44.631 ₺

There are important districts in Manisa like Yunusemre and Şehzadeler in terms of being metropolitan districts. On the other hand, the second biggest district of Manisa is Akhisar after Yunusemre. These three districts have about 600 thousand population. Turgutlu, Kula and Salihli are also have an important tourism feature for Manisa. These districts are among the most popular districts of Manisa for tourism. Holiday resorts, historical sites and natural beauties of Manisa is generally within the boundaries of these districts. Akhisar, Kula, Salihli, Soma, Turgutlu and Yunusemre has important industrial zones of the city. Kırkağaç, Şehzadeler, Kula, Yunusemre and Saruhanlı are the most profitable districts for real estate investments in Manisa.

The districts of Manisa are Ahmetli, Akhisar, Alaşehir, Demirci, Gölmarmara, Gördes, Kırkağaç, Köprübaşı, Kula, Salihli, Sarıgöl, Saruhanlı, Selendi, Soma, Şehzadeler, Turgutlu and Yunusemre. You will find detailed information for all districts of Manisa in this guide.

Short History of Manisa

Manisa’s history goes back to the Chipped Stone Age. According to ancient sources, the city was founded at the foot of Spil Mountain by Magnetes who emigrated from Greece. Therefore, Manisa was called “Magnesia” in ancient times. There is a large land formed due to volcanic eruptions near Kula in the prehistoric period. Ancient Greek historian Strabon named this region as “Burn Country”. Footprints dating from 15 thousand to 25 thousand years from the Chipped Stone Age were found in the region. Later, Manisa came under the domination of the Hittites, Phrygians, Ionians, Lydians and Persians respectively. It was called “Magnesia ad Sipylum” during the Roman Empire. When Rome was divided into two in AD 395, Manisa and its vicinity remained on Byzantine lands. During this period, Manisa became the episcopal center. Then Saruhanoğulları Principality was established here in 1313. “The Great Mosque of Manisa” is the most important work that can reach today from Saruhanli period. Manisa joined the territory of the Ottoman Empire in the period of Yıldırım Bayezit in 1412. The city was named as “Sanjak of Saruhan” and turned into an administrative unit. It has become one of the important political education centers where Ottoman princes gained their reign experience. That’s why it is known as City of Princes.

With the loss of World War I, Manisa was under Greek occupation on May 26, 1919. During the War of Independence, the city was taken back by the Turkish army on September 8, 1922. The Greek army implemented a devastation tactic while retreating from Manisa. Meanwhile, the fire that continued for 3 days is called “1922 Manisa Fire”. Manisa was reborn almost within its own ashes like İzmir after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.

Cultural Mosaic of Manisa

Manisa carries the traces of the historical mosaic that has hosted many civilizations like many cities in Aegean Region of Turkey. Especially a lot of ruins and artifacts about the region belonging to ancient civilizations have survived. The Kybele Monument on Spil Mountain is the most important evidence of the Hittite presence in the region. As it is known, Kybele is an important Goddess for the Hittites and many ancient civilizations that have passed through Anatolia. The history of the region has always been through conflicts and confiscations between civilizations and different states. For this reason, cultural elements in the city brought different richness.

Accommodation in Manisa is an important issue for people who visit city for different purposes like tourism or business. In Manisa, close to the city center, it is possible to find luxury hotels in all-inclusive concept and accommodation options that serve in bed and breakfast, half board and room concepts only. You can stay in Manisa hotels with pools as well as city hotels suitable for the needs of visitors coming to Manisa for business and conference purposes. If you want to get away from the city center to holiday resorts of Manisa and visiting the historical places  and other attractions you can choose the hotels in Salihli, Turgutlu or Kula districts. You can find a lot of accommodation alternatives in Manisa. There are world-famous hotel chains like Ramada.

Although the Mediterranean climate is dominant in the western parts of Manisa, the effects of the continental climate of the Central Anatolia Region can be seen in the eastern and mountainous regions. Summers are hot and dry, winters are warm and rainy. Annual average temperature is 17 ºC in the city. The best time to visit Manisa is spring and autumn months. Find the best hotels in Manisa in our guide easily.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Manisa or real estate for rent in Manisa, you are on the right page. The prices of houses for sale in Manisa have increased by 18.56% in the last year. The average residential area is 122 square meters. The depreciation period of the houses for sale is around 20 years. The fact that Manisa is the second largest city and trade center of the Aegean Region after İzmir in terms of total population. It is possible to see housing projects of various construction brands in most parts of the city. The districts that gained the most value in Manisa province were Kırkağaç, Şehzadeler, Kula, Yunusemre, Saruhanlı respectively. On the other hand, The districts with the fastest return in Manisa province were Sarıgöl, Yunusemre, Kula, Kırkağaç, Turgutlu respectively. Since affordable and luxurious sites are built in these regions, it is preferred by those who want to invest. You can make the most correct investment by examining our ads for apartment options for sale from Manisa real estate agent. You can also add your listings easily if you are selling or renting a house in different districts of Manisa.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Manisa? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Manisa, there are 1 city hospital, 15 state hospitals, 1 university hospital, and 9 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city. You can get high-quality health services in many health instutitions in Manisa. Especially, Manisa City Hospital is the one of the modern hospitals of the city with its high capacity.

If we look at the general perspective to Manisa, the city is located on center of the Aegean Region of Turkey. Thanks to its central location, there are many transportation alternatives for the city. You can reach Manisa by air, railway and road transportation. There is no airport in Manisa. However, İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located 60 kilometers away from the city center of Manisa. You can come to the Manisa city center by using Havaş services from the İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport to different regions of the city. If you want to come to Manisa by bus, there are bus services from many cities to Manisa. You can also go to Manisa by Blue Train from Ankara, Eskişehir, Kütahya, Balıkesir and İzmir.

Road Transportation

For the road transportation concept, Manisa has the many alternative connections of Turkey with important highway connections. You can visit Manisa by D-565, D-585, E-87, E-96, E-881 and O-5 and some other important roads from Aydın, İzmir, Uşak, Kütahya, Çanakkale and Balıkesir. Manisa Intercity Bus Station is the main bus station of Manisa and it’s located in Şehzadeler district. You can find direct lines from many cities of Turkey to Manisa.

Air Transportation

There is no airport in Manisa. However, İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located 60 kilometers away from the city center of Manisa. Adnan Menderes Airport is the main airport in İzmir and this is located in Gaziemir districts. You can use Havaş services to reach Manisa city center from the airport.  You can find direct international fligthts from İzmir to the many countries of the world like Germany, England, France, Poland, Italy, Iraq, Russia and Saudi Arabia  Also, you can fly to many domestic cities of Turkey from Adnan Menderes Airport.

Railway Transportation

For the concept of railway transportation, it is possible to reach Manisa by Blue Train, Karesi Express and regional trains. It’s possible to visit Manisa by Blue Train from any other cities such as Ankara, Eskişehir, Kütahya, Balıkesir and İzmir. You can also reach Manisa by Karesi Express and Aegean Express departing from İzmir, Balıkesir and Kütahya.

Inner-city Transportation

There is only bus transportation alternatives such as city buses, public buses and minibuses in Manisa. The rail system is not yet built in the city. You can use all of the districts of the city by public transportation.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Manisa” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Manisa” questions in this guide. Choose your destination, click on the guide and start discovering Manisa deeply now. Manisa has a lot of places to visit. Manisa Castle is one of the historical buildings you can see in Manisa. In addition to the castle, the historical Manisa Muradiye Mosqueİvaz Pasha Mosque, Rum Mehmet Pasha Bedesten, Kurşunlu Inn and Cumhuriyet Bath are among the structures that can be seen from the Ottoman period. If you want to know more about the history of Manisa, you can also visit the Manisa Museum. The Bintepe Tumuli, which belong to the Lydian civilization and are the largest tumuli in Anatolia, is a ruin we recommend you to see in Manisa. In addition, Sidas Ancient City and Sart Ancient City, which remain from the Lydians, are among the sightseeing points that should be on your list of places to visit in Manisa. Manisa is one of the most ideal places for those who want to travel and spend a holiday in a calm and peaceful environment with its lush forests, abundant oxygen air and pristine nature. Manisa Forests, Spil Mountain National Park and Ağlayan Kaya are among the places we recommend you to see during your nature trips in the city. Manisa is a city famous for its thermal springs as well as its history. The most famous of the Manisa spas, where healing waters distribute health to thousands of people every year, are Urganlı Spas and Kurşunlu Spas. You can also visit Manisa hot springs for a holiday where you can relax and find health. For more, check out our guide now!

There is 1 state university in Manisa which is Manisa Celal Bayar University. The university has main campuses in Yunusemre district. Manisa Celal Bayar University is the third largest university in the Aegean region. There is no foundation university in Manisa. Find the best university in our guide below.


Enes Sahin

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