Old Doğanbey


Doğanbey, with a history dating back to 7thCentury B.C., was a Greek village known as Domatiaand remained so until the immigrant exchange act in 1924 when Turks also began to settle there. During the course of time the Turks moved to another location, 2 km away from Doğanbey and the village began to be referred as the “old” and the “new” Doğanbey villages. Doğanbey streets which remained empty for a very long time are welcoming guests from metropolitan cities from all parts of the world today.

Although Doğanbey is the single settlement situated on the south section of the Dilek Peninsula National Park, it is like an open museum exhibiting unique examples of both Greek and Turkish architecture of its time. Its streets are  decorated with multi-coloured flowers, plants and evergreen trees  in a setting filled with details of the ancient times taking all its visitors to past eras in present times.

Among the stone houses, one first you encounters an old fountain; then a chapel and a church. The building used as a school by the Greeks in the old times has been utilised as a Visitor Promotion Centre after its renovation in 2001. This Visitor Promotion Centre contains a museum room, exhibition hall, a library, a computer room and a café and also provides sightseeing tours with experienced guides for the exploration of the neighbourhood.


Doğanbey Village located in the Dilek Peninsula and the Greater Menderes Delta National Park is a developed ecotourism area with its trekking paths, bird diversity, advanced flora and endemic vegetation. Due to the region’s suitability for natural sports many sporting activities such as that of trekking in the Olukdere Canyon under the supervision of professional guides are organised, within the scope of Visitor Promotion Centre activities. This 15 km-long track generates great opportunities for the observation of the vegetation, creeks and other natural beautiful contents of this magnificent and unique National Park. There are naturally stabilized pathways with small inclinations for bicycle riders and botanical tours for those who prefer to explore vegetation diversities. There are 804 plants from 95 variant species and sub-species plant families of which six can only be seen here throughout the world. In addition to this this highly unique park is also the home of  31 endemic plants of Turkey. The National Park with the most magnificent, lively and healthy species of Mediterranean marquis flora is the single place in Turkey in which Anatolian Chesnutt, Viburnum, Finike Juniper, Hybrid Pırnal Oak and Branch Oak and Branch Cypress grow in small clusters formulating forest areas of their own kind . The national park was declared a “Flora Bio Genetic Reserve Area” by the European Council owing to its unique vegetative diversity. The botanic tour organized daily on the 2 km-track between Kavaklıburun and Karasu is a wonderful experience all nature lovers.


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