Seferihisar is the first slow city of Turkey, is within the borders of Izmir in the Aegean Region of Turkey. The oldest settlement in Seferihisar district is Teos, the city of Carians, and known to be founded in 2000 BC by the Cretans, who were fleeing from the Achaeans.

Its famous mandarin, large resources of solar, geothermal and wind power, and historical treasures are among the strong sides of the slow city Seferihisar. Olives, grapes and citruses are grown in the district. The reason why Seferihisar was not affected by the unplanned urbanization in Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in recent years is that it is surrounded by the archaeological sites and military areas.

First Slow City of Turkey

Seferihisar has become the member of Cittaslow on November 28, 2009, which is the international association of the cities where life is easy. Cittaslow philosophy, which proves that development is possible even by respecting the nature, protecting the local values, tradesmen and cuisine, has become a road map for Seferihisar.

Cittaslow Seferihisar is a model for calmer and healthier lifestyle. It meets more than 60 of the criteria set forth for Slow Cities; preserving local tastes, supporting the Slow Food philosophy, using clean energy, maintaining places of historical and cultural value, local products, and many more.