Aristotle’s place


Dikili is 120 km. north of the provincial centre of İzmir. It is a lovely district appealing to local and foreign tourists alike. The Sub-District of Çandarlı, a major tourist spot with its rich history and extraordinary beauty, is a part of Dikili. Natural attractions include a crater lake in Merdivenli Village, and pine forests and historical caves in Demirtaş and Deliktaş villages. The District of Dikili is also famous for its spas. There are thermal spas in Nebiler, Bademli and Kocaoba villages. The Port of Dikili providing international transport by sea is a major source of income for the local


The main trades in Dikili involve tobacco, cotton and olives as well as greenhouse farming. Its clean beaches and rich thermal resources are important for both local and foreign tourism.


It is understood from the archaeological studies conducted in the district, that Dikili has a past dating back to 4000 – 5000 B.C. Ağıl Castle and Kale (Castle) Hill were the first settlements. According to the archaeological findings, Achaeans lived in this region and the city was therefore called Aternagus. In the early ages, Dikili came under the control of the Lydians, Persians, Phrygians, Mysians, Romans, and the people from Pergamon (Bergama). During the Medieval Ages they ruled by the Byzantines, the Genoese, Seljuks and the Ottomans. A location where many civilizations co-existed, Dikili was also home to many famous figures such as Aristotle and Alexander the Great.


Did you know?

Türkiye served as a safe sanctuary for people leaving their countries during World War II. The ancient natives of Foça founded many colonies. Among them, the most famous are: “Velia” in Italy, “Ampurias” in Spain and “Marseille” in France.

The Karaosmanoğulları settled in the region and built farms, growing seedlings (locally called “dikmelik”). Adopting the name “Dikmelik” for its production of seedlings, the district later became known as Dikili.