Called Eski Foça (Old Foça) to distinguish it from its newer (and rather dull) neighbour, Yeni Foça, this happy-go-lucky holiday town straddles both the Büyük Deniz (Big Sea) and the picturesque Küçük Deniz (Small Sea). The Ottoman-Greek houses fronting the Küçük Deniz are among the finest on the Aegean coast, with doors that open onto a storybook esplanade where locals and visitors play, promenade and dine al fresco. The ruined structure on the small promontory between the Büyük Deniz and Küçük Deniz bays has been built and rebuilt over millennia, and traces of ancient shrines to Cybele and a Temple to Athena are being slowly excavated.
Once the site of ancient Phocaea, more recently Foça was an Ottoman-Greek fishing and trading port. It’s now a prosperous, middle-class resort, with holiday villas gathered on the outskirts and a thin, dusty beach with some swimming platforms. There are some better beaches to the north heading towards Yeni Foça.