Welcome to Aliağa, a charming town and district located in the Izmir Province of Turkey. Situated just 50 km (31 mi) north of Izmir, Aliağa is a hidden gem that boasts a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering local cuisine. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient ruins, relaxing on pristine beaches, or experiencing the local culture, Aliağa has something for everyone.

Aliağa lies in the heart of ancient Aeolia and was named after a member of the influential Karaosmanoğulları ayan family, Karaosmanoğlu Ali Ağa, who owned an estate here. The town was a township in Menemen district in 1937 and became a municipality in 1952. It finally separated from Menemen and became a district on 21 January 1982. Visitors can explore the remains of the ancient city of Myrina, located within the boundaries of the district, as well as the yet unexplored Gryneion, near Şakran township on the peninsula, to the south of the center town. Another popular attraction is the remains of Aigai in Yuntdağı in Manisa Province, which can be reached via the road from Aliağa.

Aliağa’s economy is based on tourism, shipbreaking, and an oil refinery. The town has a large port, mainly for oil and bulk cargo, and is connected to İzmir by İZBAN, a commuter railway operating around İzmir. ESHOT operates the 740 bus line to İzmir as well. The D.550 roadway runs through the city, between Muğla-Edirne and also to İzmir.

One of the most unique aspects of Aliağa is its ship-breaking industry. The town is home to several facilities for dismantling and scrapping ships, and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic sped up the process of ship recycling because owners of idled cruise ships looked to stem the red ink. Visitors can even take a tour of the Aliağa ship-breaking yard and witness this fascinating industry in action.

Whether you’re a history buff, a beach lover, or simply looking for a new adventure, Aliağa is the perfect destination for your next vacation. Come explore this hidden gem and discover all that this charming town and district has to offer!

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