One of the most significant wetlands in Turkey, the Gediz Delta may become a world heritage site as Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has filed an application to UNESCO.
The delta has over 300 differed species of birds and the areas location is along a migration route where it is used as a stop-over and feeding site.
Back in May this year Eyup Fatih Simsek an official from the Nature Association said that the delta “is the only wetland in a big city like Izmir with a population of over 4 million, adding that the region met all the UNESCO World Heritage criteria”.
The delta is also home to nearly 10 percent of the worlds flamingo population along with the endangered Dalmatian pelican, the Mediterranean monk seal and caretta caretta sea turtles.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the delta is covers a large area of 40 thousand hectares which reach out to the hills of Foca.