İzmir: Turkey's Third Largest City
İzmir is Turkey's third largest city and the largest in its Aegean Region. The city is situated on the Gulf of İzmir just north of Çeşme, a giant peninsula which extends westward into the Aegean Sea. The city was known as Smyrna for centuries, its name changing only in 1930, shortly after the formation of the Turkish Republic. It has long been one of the most important cities of the eastern Mediterranean Sea; only Athens (Greece) is larger and not by much.
Flamingos Near İzmir
In this mesmerizing video, contributor Burak Buyukbayrakt managed to use a drone to film a rather large group of flamingoes on a glass-smooth body of water near Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey and the largest in its Aegean (western) Region. Flamingoes are wading birds which are found natively around South America, Africa, and the Middle East. The aerial footage of these graceful creatures flying over the reflective and glass-smooth water is truly epic!
Turkish aerial videographer and contributor Alp Karagulle brought his drone to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus which is located a few km inland from Turkey's Aegean Sea coast, in the İzmir Province. The city, which was built in the 10th century BC, is one of the world's most well-preserved ancient metropolises. One of the top tourist destinations in Turkey's Aegean Region, Ephesus is particularly known for being the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Turkey's Lake Bafa
Contributor Ezgierol used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this magnificent video of one of the most important lakes in Turkey. The lake is part of the Bafa Lake Nature Preserve, which straddles the Muğla and Aydin Provinces of southwestern Turkey. Prior to the Classical Period, the lake was actually part of a gulf of the Aegean Sea. You'll also see some epic aerial footage of the ruins of Herakleia, an ancient city which is an important cultural landmark of the region.
Football Celebration in İzmir
Contributor Elci Creative created this epic drone video of a massive celebration of a Turkish football team in the Guztepe section of the city of Izmir. Izmir is situated in the middle of the Aegean coast of western Turkey, and is the capital of the province of the same name. It is the third largest city in the country, after Istanbul and the capital city Ankara. As you will appreciate from this video, the football fans of Guztepe LOVE their professional team; this celebration included 1 million flares!
Ancient Sardis, Capital of Lydia
Here's a fantastic aerial view of one of the most important ancient ruins sights in Turkey, compliments of top contributor jesus_tr. It's from the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis in Manisa, one of the (inland) provinces which makes up the Aegean Region of western Turkey. Sardis was said to be founded by the sons of Hercules. Later it was the capital of the kingdom of Lydia, one of the most important of the Antiquity. Still later, it earned frequent mention in the New Testament.
Kütahya Province: Aizanoi
Aizanoi is an ancient city in the Kütahya province of western Turkey. It was built by the Greeks and continued to be an important administrative center into Roman times. Due to its well preserved ruins of a temple and a stadium complex, the city has been submitted to UNESCO for designation as a World Heritage site. In this Drone Video of the Week nominee, contributor Iskenderfilm gives us a bird's eye view of this ancient city, which sits on the Penkalas River.
Kitesurfing in Ayvalik
Contributor Pascha used a drone to capture some epic kitesurfing action off the coast of Western Turkey. Ayvalik is a coastal town in the Balıkesir Province on the Aegean Sea, on the northern end of the Aegean Region. It's surrounded by a number of smaller islands. As you'll see in the video, the area has caught the attention of the world's kitesurfers. Prepare to be amazed not only by the kitesurfing but the incredible camera work capturing these fast-moving targets!
The Coast of Muğla Province
Check out this stunning drone video of southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor fatihyedikardes. It was shot on the Aegean Sea coastline of Muğla, one of the provinces which makes up Turkey's Aegean Region. The province is home to some of the country's top beach destinations. In addition to its spectacular beaches, the province features a treasure trove of ancient ruins. For example, at about the :40 mark in the video, you'll see the famous Tomb of Amyntas in the city of Fethiye.
Sailing in İzmir
Izmir is the largest city in Turkey's Aegean region and the third largest city in the country overall. Among other roles, it is the epicenter of the world of Turkish sailing, which is one of the largest in the world. Contributor Burak BÜYÜKBAYRAKT used a drone to film the Arkas sailing race, which is held off the city's coastline. It's a major event in the sailing world, and his video does an outstanding job of capturing the excitement which surrounds the competition.
Muğla Province: Akyaka
While most of the best-known spots in Western Turkey are on the sea, the interior of the region offers some spectacular scenery. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Muğla province, which has a tiny bit of coastline along the Aegean but is mostly inland. It's a land of beautiful lakes, marshes, and spectacular mountains. While some of the provinces most popular resorts are on the seaside, as you'll see from the video the province's hinterlands are simply spectacular.
Muğla Province: Bodrum
Contributor Ozzy0512 created this beautiful drone video of the Turkish Aegean Sea coast in the area of Bodrum. Bodrum, which is part of the Muğla Province of southwestern Turkey, is home to some of Turkey's greatest cultural treasurers. The area has been inhabited for many millennia and was the site of the Tomb of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Nowadays, Bodrum is probably at least as well known being home to some of the world's best sailing waters.
Ephesus: House of the Virgin Mary
The House of the Virgin Mary is near the location of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, outside of Selçuk, Turkey. These famous ruins, which are considered to be both a Catholic and Muslim shrine, were discovered in the 19th century and believed by many to the home of the Virgin Mary in the last years of your life. Videographer Jesus_tr filmed this modest but important shrine in this beautiful drone video. Ephesus is part of the Izmir Province on Turkey's western (Aegean) coast.
Alaçatı: Turkey's Windsurfing Paradise
Western Turkey has long been closely connected with the world of sailing; some of the world's best sailing waters lie off its Aegean Sea coastline. In recent decades, the same conditions have led to a very large windsurfing culture. The steady winds and generally calm but always beautiful torquoise waters represent ideal conditions for windsurfers. And so they have come. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of Alacati, one of the epicenters of the Aegean Turkey windsurfing scene.
Bodrum: Hapimag Resort
Hapimag Resort Bodrum is an upscale vacation getaway on Turkey's famed Aegean Sea coastline. The unique venue, which can be seen in this drone video by dronesantana007, boasts 5 pools, 3 beaches, 12 restaurants, and even a little village for guests nestled between the turqoise waters of the Aegean Sea and an evergreen pine grove. Bodrum is one of the prime beach towns in Turkey's Aegean Region; it's situated in the province of Muğla near the southwestern "corner" of the country.
İzmir Çamlık Railway Museum
Contributor and drone pilot Alp Karagulle created this awesome aerial of one of the world's most well known outdoor train museums. The Çamlık Railway Museum is located near Izmir, Turkey's third largest city and the largest in its Aegean (western) region. It maintains one of the largest collections of steam trains in the world. About half of the museum's locomotives are exhibited in a turntable. The museum's collection includes a locomotive which was involved in Turkey's deadliest train accident, in 1957.
İzmir Clock Tower
Contributor jesus_tr created this beautiful drone video from one of the most recognized landmarks in İzmir, Turkey's third largest city. The tower is located in the city's Konak district, the core of its downtown zone. Standing 25 meters (just over 80 ft.) tall, the tower was completed at the turn of the 20th century to commemorate the silver jubilee of the reigning Ottoman Emperor. It was a gift from Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was pursuing a policy of alignment with Turkey.
Dalyan: Aegean Resort Town
Check out this stunning drone video from southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor Oset Medya. It was shot with a DJI Inspire 1 drone. Dalyan is a small town in the Muğla Province. The town was the center of a controversy in the 1980's when developers proposed a resort that would have impinged on the breeding ground for a rare type of sea turtle. The project was eventually shelved following an international outcry, and the area is now protected under Turkish law.
Karaburun Peninsula: Nardlidere
Check out this beautiful drone video from Narlıdere, a city on Turkey's western coastline. The city sits on the north side of Karaburun, a giant peninsula which juts into the Aegean Sea. It's located just to the west of İzmir, Turkey's third largest city after Istanbul and Ankara. Narlıdere is considered part of Greater İzmir; it's one of the nine districts which make up the city. The video was created by contributor mystnami, who used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create it.
Alaçatı: Turkish Aegean Port Town
Alaçatı is considered one of the most traditional well preserved towns in western Turkey. It is situated near the arrow-shaped western tip of the Çeşme Peninsula, a large extension of mainland Turkey into the Aegean Sea. Alaçatı is near the heart of the substantial Turkish yachting scene which lines its western (Aegean) coastline, and its marina is one of the most well known in the region. You can check out this beautiful Turkish port town from above in this drone video from contributor Afterfifty50.
Prepare to be blown away by this stunning drone video from one of Turkey's largest lakes. Bafa Lake is located in the southwestern part of the country, in the Muğla Province. It's part of the Lake Bafa Nature Park, one of the largest parks in Turkey's Aegean region. Bafa is a saltwater lake, and at one time was not a lake at all - until some time in the first millennium BC, it was a gulf in the Aegean Sea. During that time, sediment from the Büyük Menderes River closed it off from the sea.
Pedasa: Ancient Ionian City
Contributor Aykut Akyuz created this beautiful drone video of an ancient ruins site in southwestern Turkey. Pedasa was a city in the historical region of Caria, which covered a portion of Western Anatolia (now, the Aegean Region of Turkey). The site is near the modern-day town of Gökçeler, in the Muğla Province which covers the southwestern "corner" of Turkey. Pedasa was one of the cities which rebelled against the ruling Persian Empire during the Ionian Revolt of the 5th century BC.
Dalyan's Marshy Wetlands
Dalyan is amongst the top natural treasures of Turkey. Located in the Muğla Province in the southwestern parts of the country, between Marmaris and Fethiye (among Turkey's best-known beach towns) Dalyan is home to a vast wetland area just interior from the Aegean coastline. As is often the case with coastal wetlands, it's a haven for numerous bird species, and considered one of the best bird-watching destinations. You can see this area and its many attractions in this drone video by yucelozel.
Göcek: Ancient Town of Fethiye
Check out this stunning drone video from a small town in the Muğla Province of southwestern Turkey, compliments of contributor TerranGoruntu. It was shot around the town of Göcek, in the Fethiyet district of the province. The ancient town is tied to the legend of Icarus; it's said he landed here after his famous flight. Today, it's in the heart of the Torquoise Coast of modern-day Turkey and near the epicenter of the region's yachting scene, one of the most well-known in the world.