Ten secret escapes across Anatolia: Turkey’s Slow City movement
Turkey’s major cities are often described as convivial, energetic -- and chaotic. With a population nearing 80 million, with more than 70 percent living in cities, it is a challenge to escape from the burdens of everyday life – but it is possible. Enter the Cittaslow movement, which emerged as a reaction against the fast-paced life in cities and changes this new lifestyle brought about. Its initial idea was to encourage the Slow Food movement, advocating the preservation and sale of local, healthy and seasonal food, to whole towns. Slow cities promote a healthy lifestyle and defend adopting a different method of development. Member towns develop projects to preserve and support local producers, traditional crafts, the environment and quiet living
Here is a guide to Turkey’s ten beautiful towns that are members of the Cittaslow (or the Slow City) movement.