Along the Aegean Sea coastline of Turkey sits an ancient town that offers plenty to the savvy traveller. Being part of a protected environmental area, Foca is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, including a number of endangered species. Those looking for a place to enjoy the plenteous summer sunshine will find few places as ideal as this district in the Izmir province. It boasts lovely beaches as well as a picturesque marina. With the quality of holiday accommodation in Foca, it’s no surprise a number of tourists choose this town as a base from which to explore the Aegean coast. There are beautifully designed, tastefully furnished apartments, villas and cottages here that will cater to the needs of most any holidaymaker. HomeAway offers holiday rentals in Foca that not only house guests comfortably, but also have a number of entertainment facilities including cable/satellite TV, DVD players and Internet access.
-Beaches: Foca is known for its gorgeous bays and natural beaches which draw visitors by the thousands every year. The small islands that are found near Foca are also endowed with beautiful stretches of soft sand that are ideal for seaside picnics. Orak, the largest of these islands, is particularly loved for its vast beaches and majestic cliffs.
-Ancient mosques: Hailing from the Ottoman era is the Fatih Mosque which was constructed after the town was captured in 1455. Though it has lost much of its original architectural design due to subsequent restorations, it still has that ancient allure visitors will love. There are inscriptions on the gates that lead to the courtyards accrediting their construction to a Mustafa Aga and another on the main gate giving mention to the Suleyman who restored the mosque.
-Museums: While in the Izmir region history buffs can wrap up the trip back in time with a visit to the Archaeological Museum there which contains some of the finds from digs in Foca that began way back in the early 20th century. The museum contains over 1,500 artefacts in total as well as libraries, photography rooms, exhibition and conference halls. Another museum worth a visit is the Museum of History and Art at Kulturpark. Statues from Byzantine, Hellenistic, Roman and Archaic periods are displayed there.
-Turkish baths: These are yet more of the historical treasures those who book holiday homes in Foca can look forward to seeing. There are two baths situated in the Ataturk neighbourhood that historians say belong to the Ottoman period. Time has done a number on these precious artefacts and only one of them still has the typical dome at its centre.
-Food and drink: Those who will be spending their summer in Foca holiday rentals need not fret too much about cooking as they will find themselves surrounded by great eateries serving excellent Turkish cuisine. At Kozbeyli Sofrasi visitors will have a rich menu to choose from as they listen to strains of traditional Turkish music and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Fresh, tasty seafood and fish can be enjoyed at Fokai Restaurant.
Foca experiences Mediterranean climate which means a long warm season that lasts from April to October. Visitors who are set for Foca holiday homes begin descending into this part of Turkey as spring is giving way to summer. During this time temperature averages climb above the 20°C mark and keep rising as the hot season approaches. Between June and August temperatures can become scorching with average highs rising into the thirties. With hardly any rainfall to temper the heat, summer visitors are advised to carry sunscreen lotion and hats, and limit outdoor activity around noon. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging in the teens.
The closest international airport to Foca is the Adnan Menderes Airport which is about 34 miles away. There are shuttles which ply the route between the airport and Izmir’s town centre where there is a bus station. Hourly buses from this station to Foca are available.