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Urkmez is located in Seferihisar district in the south-west of Izmir and 23 km south-west of the district. The quarter is the neighbor of Aegean Sea in the south, Payamli and Kavakdere in the north, Doganbey in the west and Gumuldur in the east. Urkmez stands out as a spot which features less properties than other districts having coast to seaside and beautiful beach. Thus, it makes Urkmez as an ideal holiday route for those who are looking for tranquility and peace. As well as in many neighboring spots, the traces of the first accommodation in Urkmez dates back to Ancient Times. Ancient City of Lebedos, one of 12 Ion cities, is located on a hill near Urkmez. Some walls of the city survived; however, a serious excavation work has not been held yet to reveal subterranean parts.
It is said that Karakoy Hot Springs, located 5 km away to the center, do good for rheumatism, skin diseases and rachitism. Rumor says that the spring water cure recovers the stomach and intestine diseases. If you like nature walks, then you can take a walk in the pine tree forests near Urkmez Dam. You can also visit Lebedos Park to visit the market place of the producers organized by Seferihisar Municipality on Wednesdays. We suggest you buy some fruits and vegetable picked freshly by the local people.
Urkmez is located on Seferihisar- Kusadasi route. It is situated 23 km away to the district center, 42 km to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport and 55 km to Kusadasi. You can reach Urkmez by using the buses departing from Seferihisar district center. Urkmez, with a settled population of 5 thousand, welcomes many domestic tourists especially on weekends during summer season. However, the majority of these tourists are the people who live in surrounding provinces and perform daily visit. As the accommodation demand is lower comparing to many touristic spots, the prices of Urkmez properties are quite affordable. Nevertheless, you had better make early reservation to get chance to spend less for your accommodation.
You can swim at Sahap Can Public Beach at the center of Urkmez. The beach offers ease of access and more tranquil compared to other beaches. Besides, Saglik Ocagi Beach at the center is a worth-seeing beach with blue flag. Moreover, Ipekkum Beach is the most famous and dynamic beach of the region located couple of kilometers east of Urkmez. Presenting a deep clean beach and sea, the beach is flooded by the visitors coming from Izmir especially at weekends. It is also possible to walk to the beach while staying in Urkmez. You are highly recommended to drop by Gumussuyu National Park and Gumuldur Nature Park.
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