Spotlight On: Foca
A town situated on the Aegean coast of Turkey, in the heart of the Izmir province, Foca offers picturesque bays, excellent sailing opportunities and turquoise waters. From tennis holidays to sailing and watersports; Foca can provide its visitors with plenty of activities to fill up their itinerary if they fancy doing more than just exploring the stunning coves and villages.
Taking its name from the ancient word for seal – Phokaia – Foca is now one of three sites that protects the endangered monk seal which continue to gather on the islands offshore.
Situated around two bays, be sure to catch a glimpse of the infamous Siren Rocks which can be seen across the bay. With an environment bill ensuring the preservation of the surroundings, Foca is a special town whose old Ottoman houses and Byzantine fortresses entice many a visitor throughout the year.
Organise a day trip to Ephesus and enjoy walking around these notorious ruins. Just 170km from Foca, the ancient city ruins of Ephesus must be seen to be believed. Keep your eyes peeled for any exuberant shows that may be held in the ruins – in previous years, orchestras, ballets and composers have all had their works presented there.
Closer to base, sailing and windsurfing have to be the most popular activities in the area due to the excellent prevailing winds, particularly during July and August. Spend a morning in the bay and enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding or for those who don’t want to get their toes wet, several tennis courts will give you the chance to have a game, set and match.
Whatever you decide to do during your stay in Foca, whether it’s a holiday with family, as a couple of active group holidays – this area of Turkey will accommodate. There is so much to do here, whatever the age, that a vacation in Foca will not be a boring one.