As it was known as Domatia before, Doğanbey was a Rum village. While its history goes back to 7thCentury B.C., it has been a village for Rums until the immigrant exchange act in 1924. After moving part of its Turkish residents to another location 2 km south of Doğanbey, the village was started to be referred as “old” and “new” Doğanbey villages. Although streets of the old Doğanbey experienced a long loneliness period, today it welcomes guest from metropolitan cities to discover here.
While Doğanbey is the single settlement in the southest point of the Dilek Peninsula National Park, it is like an open museum exhibiting unique examples of both Rum and Turkish architecture. In the company of natural decoration of colorful flowers,
plants and evergreen trees, all details from ancient times welcomes you in the fancy narrow streets of the town.
Among the stone houses, first you encounter an old fountain; then a chapel and a church. The school building used by Rums in the old times is today a Visitor Promotion Center after its renovation in 2001. In this building, there are museum room, exhibition hall, library, computer room and café. The center also provides sightseeing tours to explore the neighborhood with their experienced personnel.
Doğanbey Village located in the Dilek Peninsula and the Greater Menderes Delta National Park is a developed ecotourism area with its trekking paths, bird diversity, advanced flora and endemic vegetation. As the region is very convenient for natural sports, within the scope of Visitor Promotion Center activities, trekking activities are organized in the Olukdere Canyon under supervision of guides. This 15 km-long track provides great opportunity to observe vegetation, creeks and view and natural beauties of the National Park. There are also naturally stabilized pathways with small inclination for mountain bike fans.If you like to discover vegetative diversity, organized botanic tours are just for you. Within the National Park flora, there are species, sub-species from 95 families; and 804 plants at variety level. Of these, six species are endemic to this area. Furthermore, it is possible to find 31 endemic plants of Turkey can be found in the park. National Park which includes almost all vivacious and healthy species of Mediterranean maquis flora is the single place in Turkey, in which Anatolian Chesnutt, Viburnum, Finike Juniper, Hybrid Pırnal Oak and Branch Oak and Branch Cypress in small populations. The national park was declared as “Flora Bio Genetic Reserve Area” by the European Council owing to its unique vegetative diversity. The botanic tour organized daily on the 2 km-track between Kavaklıburun and Karasu is wonderful experience for curious individuals.