Nazilli Adventure Tours
In 1390 Bayezid I brought the area into the Ottoman Empire. At this time, the town comprised two villages, Cuma Yeri (Friday Square) and Pazarköy (Weekday Market). The town was only later referred to as Nazliköy. In 1402 Tamerlane defeated Bayezid at the Battle of Ankara and took control of the Aegean region, giving the Nazilli area back to the Aydınoğlu family. it was quickly recovered for the Ottomans by Sultan Murat II. During the Turkish War of Independence Nazilli was occupied by Greek forces and was liberated on September 5, 1922.
Nazilli stands on the Menderes River, the biggest river in the Aegean region, and the much of the district is in the Menderes valley, full of citrus trees, olives and figs as well as cotton, wheat, and other crops. This is attractive countryside of lazy charm with a hot climate, the scent of oranges, and an impressive back-drop of mountains.
Nazilli today is a large and wealthy town with a population of 109,800 (according to the 2007 census). The town has a number of hospitals, high schools (including a private school following an English curriculum), a police college, and some faculty buildings of Adnan Menderes University, including a school of business and economics. The old city center is tidy and attractive with streets decorated with bergamot trees and people buzzing around on mopeds.