Söke is located in the Aydın province of Turkey. It is 54 km from the city of Aydin and only 35 km from the coastal resort of Kuşadası. The town lies inland and does not benefit much from tourism in the same way as its coastal neighbours. You might struggle to find a good hotel here. It isn’t off the beaten track, but it is an agricultural town, and people tend to pass through it on their way to Izmir or Adnan Meneres Airport rather than stop here.

Söke used to be a Greek city under the name of Anaia. This later became Sokia and finally its current name after it became part of modern day Turkey. Söke is actually a large market town with good fertile agricultural land and the region is the largest producer of cotton in Turkey. Söke is also the only place in Turkey that exports culinary snails. The town benefits from several factories producing branded jeans and cotton goods.

Anyone driving through Söke will notice several outlets and many restaurants including a Starbucks and a McDonalds. The local cuisine is Çöp sis, a sort of lamb and beef kebab which is served at many of the restaurants locally.

Since this is a main highway it is to be expected and the town has learned how to hook in the passing trade. There are also thousands of people employed in the factories and as such the town has the infrastructure that you would expect for a town this size. Each week there is a busy Wednesday market which draws in crowds from nearby towns and villages.

Söke is close to some very important historical sites at Priene, Miletus and Didyma.

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