Salihli – Sardes
Salihli, located on the Izmir- Ankara highway, throughout history housed many different civilizations. With its historical and natural beauty it is worth to visit.
First historical information about Salihli are found on Hittites tablets 89 km away from Izmir, Salihli experienced its georgues age as Sardes with the establishment of the Lydian Kingdom 7th cent BC. Built on the valley in the fat lands of Paktolos brook (Sart Stream) and the hillside of 2150 m Boz Mountain (Tmolos) advanced very wealthy period during the Lydian reign. Started as a important
cultural and art centeri the city experienced through the invention of the coin maney golden coins rapidly to great rcihdom. Trading habbits changed, so the region. Durin the period of its most famous King of the city legendary King Kroisos (560-557 BC) also holder of the famous Karun Treasurs’s, Sardes reached to a great wealth. The father of history Herodotos proofs the citions of Sardes as the inventor of coinage.
Here you have the chance to see all the beauty of the nature and take a beautiful trip on a horseback, alone or guided by trainers. Another attraction lies in Gökeyküp village 50 km away from Salihli. Here you can see and buy various souvenirs handmade earthware jugs, made in traditional way.