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SALİHLİ

Base for visiting the ruins at Sardis             Population: 156,000

alih2Remembering the first minted coins from nearby SardisMarket days: Wednesday, Friday

Almost entirely modern, Salihli is not a town you would probably opt to visit. However, if you want to explore the ruins of Sardis at nearby Sart you may well need to spend the night here.

If so, there are some perfectly reasonable hotels near the otogar. And you will quickly realise that this is the place to try out the local specialty of odun köfte, meatballs cooked on skewers beside rather than actually over a woodfire. Try them at one of many restaurants on tree-lined Bankalar Caddesi.

The only sight of any real interest is the Merkez Yeni (Karaman) Cami which dates back to 1889 and has a pleasingly elegant interior that belies its austere outside. DSC08560

There are a few relatively old houses near the train station which is also where you'll find most of the meyhanes and gazinos serving alcohol.

Sleeping

The town centre hotels cater to a mix of tourists and business travellers and can be busy mid-week. Why not take advantage of the thermals springs hereabouts at one of the large spa hotels on the outskirts?

La Bella Hotel

Berrak Otel

Lydia Sardes Thermal Hotel. Tel: 0236-715 5555

Transport info

As of April 2015 the otogar was still just five minutes' walk from the town centre with the marketplace right beside it. 

Day trip destinations

Alaşehir

Kula

Ödemiş

Sardis

Uşak

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