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Peaceful weekend route: Foça

On the izmir-Canakkale road, coming from the direction of Canakkale, Aliaga comes first. When you see the New Foça sign on the right 7-8 km away, you can't believe what you're seeing when you go in and leave the industrial zone behind in dust and smoke. This is a quiet Aegean town with stone houses, boutique hotels, fishermen. It's called New Foça, but it's not really a new place.  So why is this place where there are historical stone buildings called New Foça or what you call the difference from the old Foça or Foça: Foça is an old settlement, its history goes back 3-5 thousand years. In fact, the Siren Cliffs, which ozan Homer mentioned in his works, are located in Foça. Over time, Foça is occupied and the Foça people establish New Foça 20 km away before they go too far. I mean, this place has a very old history. The new Foça has more adverse conditions in terms of geographical characteristics, location, islands and wind. In contrast, Yeni Foça is a place with a beach and a sea to enter. It also bears the full texture of Foça. I think it's important to visit both Foças without saying old and new. Because I'm talking about places where you can find many common features of Greek and Turkish culture together, reminiscent of the good times of the past. When you start walking through narrow streets, it's hard not to admire the stone houses. Today, many are trying to renovate, there are still neglected ones in between, but you are still guaranteed to be fascinated by what you see... You must make your way to the 19th-century Pastoral Quarter. Some houses are used today as boutique hotels. Even if you're not staying, you can go in and try to trace past times.

It is better not to ask a resident you encountered wandering around yenifoça's modest little bazaar the question "Which Foça are you from?" as I did. Because there are so many people among them who are tired of answering this question, some of them say, "Don't ask us that question anymore." In the past, this question was asked differently: "Which Foça are you from? The stone or the salt?" The salt is Old Foça. Because once upon a time, izmir's famous Under-Camal salt was connected to it. The salt that came out was stored in Foça and sent out by ships. The one that comes out of the stone is Yenifoça. Many quarries still have flat, slate-structured construction stones. From the mountain northwest of the town comes the millstone with its red ring color. Both stones are soft, machining, as they are mond when they come out.

Foça also comes up frequently with mediterranean seals that take it as a home. Already named after seals, this quiet resort is home to these endangered animals. The picture of the sweet seal in the emblem of Foça Municipality does not go unnoticed.

Foça karasi, a grape named after Foça, deserves to be mentioned in this article. Its name has reached far-reaching beaches, then forgotten and revived today. When telling the story of foça land, an ancient grape genus, we have to turn our course to the depths of history again. 6 B.C. In the 19th century, sailors contributed greatly to the development of trade in this land, where western civilization was also founded. Not only did the Marmara sail to the Black Sea, but they opened up to the Mediterranean. It is known that the Focha people established nearly 30 colonies in the Mediterranean. One of them is Massalia in Marseille, France. (In fact, when you go to Marseille Port today, you can be proud to see a brass plate with the words "This city was founded by Phokai people from Anatolia in 600 BC".
They took foça black grapes with them to this land where they traded. Wine was produced in Foça until the last century by the Greeks. However, this grape, which disappeared after the Population Exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923, is revived by Oxguzözü Winery in 2003. In 2008, they produced the only Foça grape wine in Turkey under the name Monosepai.

In this quiet, authentic resort you can also eat good fish first. Let's say that we do not come across much or rarely in big cities, you can taste fish such as tuna, haddock, kidney beans, synapses. The Yoghurt Cup, where the mug fish is blended with garlic yogurt, is a delicacy here. The first address that comes to mind in the region is Fokai Restaurant. The most viable squid and octopus are here, an address that cooks the perch in its own water without drying.  You should also try the Sea and Coast in Old Foça. Recommended for those who want delicious appetizers and fish by the sea. You can have a fatigue coffee at Foça Dibek and taste gummy ice cream at Nazım Usta. I suggest you add the blackberry and chocolate. It's going well! If you come across it, I say taste the mussel stuffing of Neco, which is in its car in the square.

Wherever I go, local markets are personally my business. If you came to Foça on a Tuesday, you should definitely see the market. In the market set up in the square behind the Post Office, you can find seasonal Aegean herbs, fresh vegetables as well as medicinal soaps, dresses from Sile cloth, handcrafted trinkets.

It is not to come to Foça and not know the story of Karatas. There's talk of a blackstone, but no one knows where it is. And it's said that the one who stepped on this stone never left Foça. He must have been coming back to Foça. Although even if you don't find the blackstone, it's impossible not to want to go back to Foça with all this beauty!

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