Old town Foca Charming Greek Style Stone House Vacation Home
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Available from summer 2010: Charming old Greek style stone house with some sea view and private garden located in calm residential area of the old town centre of Foca - a picturesque seaside town, 60 minutes drive from Izmir.
- Price from 50 EUR / Day / Per unit
- 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
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Last updated: 04/19/2010
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Charming old greek style stone house with 3 bedrooms (max 8 persons) and 2 bathroom with WC, shower and hot water. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances.
The traditional charm of this house is enhanced with traditional wooden ceilings and floors and the use of local stone throughout the house.
Located in a calm residential area within old Foca town(Eski Foca) and near the ocean, the house tends to have a nice breeze. The 2nd floor offers relaxing views of mountains and sea. There is a small garden behind the building with a barbecue area - a great place also to enjoy an evening drink.
Foca has a wide variety of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets and most of these are within 10 minutes walk of the house, many of these offer ideal places to people watch. Every Tuesday Foca has a lively market with a wide range of goods - everything from vegetables to 'designer' goods - at reasonable prices.
Situated on the west coast of Turkey, about 70 km west of Izmir, Foca has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, giving a long tourist season. This part of the Turkish Aegean receives about 300 days of sunshine during the year on average.
Prices & deals
- Lowest Daily Price:
- 50 EUR
- Highest Daily Price:
- 100 EUR
- Lowest Weekly Price:
- 200 EUR
- Highest Weekly Price:
- 500 EUR
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- Charging Method:
- Per unit
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
Location & area
Foca is a picturesque seaside town situated at about 69 km north by northwest of Izmir. The district also has a township with own municipality named Yenifoca (literally "the new Foca"), also along the shore and at a distance of 20 km (12 mi) from Foca proper. For this reason, Foca itself is locally often called as Eskifoca ("the old Foca") in daily parlance. The ancient city of Phocaea is located between the two modern Focas.
Eski Foca stretches along two bays; a larger one named Buyukdeniz ("the greater sea") and a smaller cove within that large one, named Kucukdeniz ("the smaller sea"), where the medieval castle is also located. Villa Qviller is located near the Buyukdeniz bay.
Many parts of the district are under strict environmental protection, due to the value of the flora and the fauna, and the beauty of the small bays and coves, especially between Foca and Yenifoca. Therefore, a judicious way to get to know the district would be by boat tours regularly organized in partance of the center town. Because of the protective measures, new constructions are not permitted in many parts of the district and Foca is set to preserve its unique characteristic as composed principally of old houses.
The municipality announces that, twice-a-day ferry services to Mytilene (Midilli in Turkish), to be operated by a private company will start as of 1 May 2007.
Foca is the site of one of three marine protected areas established in Turkey for the preservation of the Mediterranean Monk Seal, a heavily endangered species of sea mammals.
Foca offers interesting walks, cycle rides, fishing and swimming. There are several beaches nearby with lovely clear water and opportunities for windsurfing, water skiing and sailing. In season, boat trips go from the small harbour.
Where to Visit in Foca:
Seytan Hamami (Satan's Bath): This is a Tomb type structure at the foot of Can peak. It is 2 km away from Foca.
Bes Kapilar Castle (Castle of the five gates): This antique castle was given to Manuel Zacharna by the Genoese. This castle is used as open-air theater today
External Castle: Referred as "External Castle or Genoese Castle" at "Castle Bay" southwest of Foca, according to sources, this castle was constructed by Ottomans on a strategic point to guard the region on 1678. The castle, which is on a cape, is separated from the continent via a huge trench. During underwater archeological studies, stone pellets were found at the bottom of the sea in front of the castle. It is thought that these shots are fired via catapults from castle to enemy ships.
Turkish Baths: Only two Turkish baths survive from Ottoman period. Both of them are in the Ataturk District of Foca.
Foca Islands: This is an island group, composed of six desolate islands in front of Foca. These are: Orak Island, Incir Island, Kartdere Island, Fener Island, Hayirsiz Island and Metalik Island. There is a long beach on the south coast of Orak Island, and al sheer cliffs 80 meters high on Orak, Hayirsiz and Kartdere Islands. Incir Island preferred for picnics and its beach by tourists and natives. Foca's islands and the surrounding bays, shelter one of the last Mediterranean seal colonies in Turkey. For the protection of the Mediterranean seals living near the Foca islands, it is forbidden to come near more than 2 miles to islands between Aslanburnu and Deveboynu Cape, also to come nearer than100 meters to Siren Rocky Places and Orak Island.
Tas Ev (Rock House): This rocky monument tomb rising at the side of the road 10 km. away from Foca, is a structure which dates to the 4th century B.C.
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Must See Historical Sites:
Foca is close to some important historical sites including several Ionian cities.
1.Efes (Ephesus) This is the jewel in the crown of Turkey's many great archeological sites. The city was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis whose temple was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The highlights include the theatre, the library and some recently discovered mosaics. Ephesus was a biblical site where the Apostle Paul lived and worked, as well as one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. The annual Ephesus International Festival is held in May.
2.House of the Virgin Mary, near Ephesus - Tradition has it that St John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ. The small house built for her is now a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims.
3 Pamukkale Cotton Castle is a shimmering white cascade of limestone formed by hot springs and is close to the biblical sites of Laodicea and Hierapolis. This town is also fantastic for shopping Turkish carpets (Kilms, etc.).
4 Priene. Set on a hill amongst pines, it has spectacular views of the Meander Valley and a small, interesting theatre, agora and Temple of Athena.
5 Miletus has fine ruins of a theatre seating 24,000 people, a stadium and Roman baths.
6 Didyma has impressive ruins of the Temple of Apollo and a stone relief of the head of Medusa.
7 Further afield (about 2 hours north of Izmir) the spectacular ruins of Bergama sit on a hill 1000 feet above the plain, with an ancient medical centre below. The ruins of the ancient city of Pergamon lie to the north and west of the modern city; Roman Pergamon is believed to have sustained a population of approximately 150,000 at its height in the first century AD. Among Bergama's notable ruins are the Sanctuary of Asclepius (or Asclepeion), a tribute to the ancient Greek demigod of healing, and the "Red Basilica" complex, a second century AD construction of the Emperor Hadrian that straddles the Selinus River. The town also features an archaeological museum.
9. Further north is Troy, the legendary city and center of the Trojan War, as described in the Epic Cycle, and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. Today it is the name of an archaeological site, the traditional location of Homeric Troy, close to the seacoast in what is now Ãanakkale province in northwest Turkey, southwest of the Dardanelles under Mount Ida. In the 1870s the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann excavated the area. Later excavations revealed several cities built in succession to each other. One of the earlier cities (Troy VII) is often identified with Homeric Troy and the mythical troyan horse. The archaeological site of Troy was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.
Nearest Airport: Izmir (Adnan Menderes) - 110 Kilometers
Accommodation located in the big bay part of the old town, mountainside, near beaches (200 m), restaurants & bars, historical interest, water sports, fishing area, diving spot, shopping area !
- 33 Poyraz Cad, Foca, Turkey
- Accommodation located in:
- coastal, downtown, leisure area, mountainside, near cultural interest, near fishing area, near historical interest, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, near the beach, near water sports, old town, town, village!
Amenities & services
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- Bathrooms: 2
- Single beds: 2
- Double beds: 1
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