Saturday, May 2, 2015

Day Trip to Ilica Beach

The beaches around Izmir are definitely a well known summer attraction.  We managed to get there before the crowds and enjoy the gorgeous waters.

How to get there:
The buses that go to Alaçatı, Ilıca, & Çeşme leave from Fahretin Altay, which you can get to via bus, metro, or ferry.  We tend to use the metro as it is more frequent and direct.  If using the metro, Fahretin Altay is the last stop, get off and follow the signs toward the "pazar yeri" (a crowd of people will also likely be going this direction).  When you come up to street level, you will see a large parking lot area to your right.  Towards the left of that area there will be a set of stairs leading down to where the buses and dolmuş leave.  The buses to Çeşme and the beaches are the large "Çeşme Sayahat" ones at the very end of the lot.

To get to Ilica, get off at the Ilica Otogar/Migros.  They should announce this stop on the bus.  From there, it is an easy walk to the beaches.  There are several small entrances to the beaches, and a large row of them just past the Sheraton Hotel.

Map showing buses in Fahrettin Altay
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Map showing Ilica bus station to beaches
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If you are returning same day, go inside the building at the Otogar stop before you walk to the beaches.  There is a Cesme Sayahat counter inside the building and to the left.  If you talk to the guy at the counter, you can get the times of the return buses and he will reserve you a seat.  You will still pay the fare on the bus, but this helps to ensure you get a seat at the time you want and that you get seats together.  


The bus costs 13TL per seat per way.  Small children who can fit on your lap ride free.

There are free public beaches as well as paid areas that allow you rent chairs and umbrellas.

Changing rooms, showers, and toilets are available for 2,50 TL.




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