A CITTASLOW GUIDE FOR A SLOW LIFE

A CITTASLOW GUIDE FOR A SLOW LIFE

THERE ARE MANY DESTINATIONS IN OUR COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE CITTASLOW MOVEMENT, WHICH IS BASED ON ‘LIVING LIFE AT AN ENJOYABLE PACE’.

The Movement of Cittaslow that was born through the Paolo Saturnini’s intuition, past Mayor of Greve in Chianti, a town of Florence, leaves those who are captured by the fast pace of the city life with one important question: “Must humans who have become stranded from nature day by day waste their precious lives that will end some day with unhealthy foods, polluted air, traffic, consumption, and loneliness?” If this question depresses you, listen carefully to the philosophy of Cittaslow and the recipe of the cities: being able to live life at an enjoyable pace, to establish bonds with neighbors and local artisans, to become self-sufficient, to maintain local crafts, nature, traditions and customs, to use renewable energy sources… Today, the movement of Cittaslow that spreads out to 182 members in 28 countries motivates cities to raise their life qualities and bring out a different development model. We researched some of the settlements that entered into this list located in different regions of our country from the Mediterranean to Southeast.

Take a look at our Cittaslow guide to slow down and enjoy life…

RESPECTFUL TO NATURE, ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURE IS MAINTAINED: AKYAKA
Akyaka, which is located among the abundance of greens and blues where products are grown in nature where there is no pollution, has a vision: An Akyaka, which is respectful to nature; maintains its architectural structure; has a powerful service substructure; is focused on sustainable and alternative tourism; and is a place where people act in unity.

You should stop at the 15th kilometer of Muğla-Marmaris highway as you drive down the Sakar Passage to observe the Gökova Bay, which is where the Blue Voyage tradition has begun. The road that goes through the pine trees when you take the Akyaka-Sedir Island exit on the 27th kilometer takes you directly to quiet and peaceful Akyaka, which has very clean air. One of the two basic attractions of Akyaka, which embraces nature from the Mediterranean seals and flamingos to eels and sea otters, is its architecture and the other is the Azmak Creek. The Azmak that stretches almost 2 km allows ducks and geese enjoy its clear and cold waters with strong currents as well as wild animals such as coots. You should take a boat tour along the Azmak. The clearness of the water, liveliness of the underwater, and the movements of the seaweed are extraordinary to observe.

Special with its wooden homes
The wooden homes of Akyaka with their unique architecture are among its characteristics. Akyaka that has a beach at the center has an ideal location for the beach lovers. As you enter the winding forest road Hayıtlı welcomes you 4 km after Çınar that takes place at the 3rd kilometer. Later you reach Kandilli, Tunalı and Asarcık that are located a few kilometers away from each other. Among the pine and olive trees, Akbük, which is within the Special Environmental Protection Area, is 20 km away from Akyaka. It is possible to continue the road through the forest to enter the Forest Camp and walk among the pine trees, swim in the hidden coves’ waters.

A NATURAL HARBOR AND AN IMPRESSIVE COAST: PERŞEMBE
Perşembe is a natural cove and a seaside town on the Ordu-Samsun highway. It is also the second largest port of the Eastern Black Sea. Perşembe is special with its 40 km long coastline beginning at Efirli and ending at Belicesu, its coves, underwater caves, unusual rock formations, sandy beaches and scenic landscapes.

A special route
There are many stops you will not be able to get enough of them. Çaka Beach with its thin and white sands and clear waters; the beautiful cove Mersin Village Fishing Port where it is pleasant to have a boat trip along the coast; Çeşmeönü, where you can take a break for a glass of evening tea; Kışlaönü that draws attention with its hazel trees rising above the sea and its scenery; Aktaş Beach from where you can reach to Acısu by motors located at a distance of 1 km from Perşembe; Efirli Beach with a beautiful nature among the acacia trees; Şenyurt Falls, which falls from a height of six meters, located 3 km away from Perşembe; Belicesu with its small beach, campsite and countryside cafe; Medreseönü with its impressive view and the famous Uzunsaçlı’nın Yeri; Hoynat Island, formerly used by ships as a kind of repository and shelter, with its still remaining wall ruins…

Fishing is possible year round
One of the two land projections of Perşembe positioned on a steep hill named Kordon Tepe is Cape Yason and the other is Cape Çam located at a deep bay. The Cape Çam Lighthouse, which was made by the French in 1880 to compensate their debts to the Ottoman Empire, guides ships over a century. Cape Yason, an archaeological and natural site, is a Perşembe classic not to be missed with its church made by the Greeks living in the region and dedicated to sailors (1869). Perşembe’s coastline where fishing is possible year round is also worth visiting. This place is also worth considering for those who want to please their palates.

RESISTANCY COMES FROM HISTORY: TARAKLI
It is among the typical villages of the Ottoman period with its colorful homes with balconies that resisted dense housing. In the east of the Marmara, Taraklı, located in the province of Sakarya, is a small, quiet residential area and a first degree archaeological site where the Göynük Stream runs through it. Settled on a narrow valley, Taraklı is surrounded by forests and has a dry, clean air. As you walk among the traditional small shops, passing through the old bazaar closed to traffic, the two impressive mansions greet you when you arrive to the square with the tea house. Even if you do not stay at Kadirler Mansion, you can have a cup of tea in its garden, and you can browse its architecture and its shop that sells local products.

Work by Mimar Sinan is here
The historical structures of Taraklı are note-worthy. The Yunus Pasha Mosque (1517), which was built by the order of Yunus Pasha, Grand Vizier of Yavuz Sultan Selim, during the Egypt Campaign is a work made by the great architect Mimar Sinan. Right near it, the steam that is released from the Ottoman period bath is used to floor heat the mosque through a central system.

Cobble stoned streets; resting stones; the historical inn where caravanserais used to rest on the route to Baghdad; located at the Yusuf Bey district, the seven centuries old plane tree, which is an indicator of the Ottoman tradition of planting plane trees in settlements that they added to their territory and they continued this tradition in Taraklı too; historical water cisterns; and the fortress located at the Hisar Hill that has a strategic importance.

No more combs
The locals of Taraklı have been earning their income through making boxwood spoons and combs since Orhangazi took over the place. There is no trace left of the famous combs that gave the place its name any more; however, wood engraving and Taraklı cloth are coming back to life. Nature of Taraklı enables basis for thermal, flatland, and cave tourisms.

RESISTANCY COMES FROM HISTORY: TARAKLI
It is among the typical villages of the Ottoman period with its colorful homes with balconies that resisted dense housing. In the east of the Marmara, Taraklı, located in the province of Sakarya, is a small, quiet residential area and a first degree archaeological site where the Göynük Stream runs through it. Settled on a narrow valley, Taraklı is surrounded by forests and has a dry, clean air. As you walk among the traditional small shops, passing through the old bazaar closed to traffic, the two impressive mansions greet you when you arrive to the square with the tea house. Even if you do not stay at Kadirler Mansion, you can have a cup of tea in its garden, and you can browse its architecture and its shop that sells local products.

Work by Mimar Sinan is here
The historical structures of Taraklı are note-worthy. The Yunus Pasha Mosque (1517), which was built by the order of Yunus Pasha, Grand Vizier of Yavuz Sultan Selim, during the Egypt Campaign is a work made by the great architect Mimar Sinan. Right near it, the steam that is released from the Ottoman period bath is used to floor heat the mosque through a central system.

Cobble stoned streets; resting stones; the historical inn where caravanserais used to rest on the route to Baghdad; located at the Yusuf Bey district, the seven centuries old plane tree, which is an indicator of the Ottoman tradition of planting plane trees in settlements that they added to their territory and they continued this tradition in Taraklı too; historical water cisterns; and the fortress located at the Hisar Hill that has a strategic importance.

No more combs
The locals of Taraklı have been earning their income through making boxwood spoons and combs since Orhangazi took over the place. There is no trace left of the famous combs that gave the place its name any more; however, wood engraving and Taraklı cloth are coming back to life. Nature of Taraklı enables basis for thermal, flatland, and cave tourisms.