Güzelçamlı is a seaside town with its own municipality in the district of Kuşadası in the Turkish province of Aydın. It is situated at a distance of 23 kilometers down the coastline south from the internationally famous tourism center of Kuşadası. Güzelçamlı borders on the Dilek Peninsula with the Büyük Menderes River Delta National Park to its south. The town's year-round population is about 10,000 but increases to around 50,000 or even more in the summer with the tourists and owners of summer houses. Güzelçamlı is becoming increasingly popular in the market for Foreign purchases of real estate in Turkey.
The history of Güzelçamlı dates back to around 700 BC during the Ionian era when it was the convention location of the Ionian city states and was named Panionion. The Ionians had formed a federation consisting of 12 Ionian cities and also held games here to mark their gatherings. During the excavations of 1957-58, an antique theater was uncovered with 12 rows of seats carved out of rock. Many famous battles were fought in this area, including the Battle of Mykale between Greeks and Persians.
During the Ottoman period, the village was called Rumçamlısı (Greek Çamlı) and was entirely populated by Greeks. In the last phase of the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, with the Turkish army approaching, the Greek residents fled by boats and took refuge in the nearby island of Samos leaving the town empty for almost two years.
In 1924, it was re-populated by Turks from Leftere during the Exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey. Its name was changed to Güzelçamlı and after having had the status of a village for seventy years, Güzelçamlı was made into a township with its own municipality in 1992.
Today, Güzelçamlı is a beautiful tourist resort town. There are numerous hotels, small pensions, holiday houses, restaurants, bars and shops. Monday is the traditional market day of the town and a traditional market (Turkish: pazar) is held along the main street every week. On the beaches and on the bays of the 30 kilometer or 19 mile-long coastline, aside from absolutely clear blue water, are opportunities for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, diving and taking boat tours.
Visitors can also go paragliding, mountaineering, trekking, bird watching, horseback riding and cycling. The thermal baths and the Turkish baths of Davutlar are only 5 kilometers or 3 miles away and are available all year.