Best Things To Do in Izmir
The Ancient City of EphesusOne of Turkey’s most visited attractions and is certainly a must do thing when in Izmir . Ephesus was the second largest city in the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. For further information click here
Ephesus MuseumThe museum is well worth a visit to see exhibits taken from excavations at Ephesus and is usually packed full with visitors. For further information click here
Izmir Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi)Located in Konak Square in the centre of Izmir, this intricate Ottoman style structure was erected in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sultan Abdulhamid II (1876–1909) accession to the throne. For further information click here
The Agora Open Air MuseumSitting on the slopes of the Pagos hills this was once the commercial and political centre of the city where teaching and art activities took place and is now a museum set within 5 separate sections. For further information click here
Kemeralti Market (Bazaar)This huge historical market is a great place for shopping offering loads of bargains especially leather goods, clothing and jewellery and has lots of small tea and coffee cafés for refreshments and snacks. For further information click here
Archaeology MuseumThis museum has exhibition halls, laboratories, warehouses, photography rooms, libraries and conference halls; it houses over 1,500 monuments inside the building and its gardens. For further information click here
Ethnography MuseumThis neoclassic style building was once the St. Roch Hospital and a poor house for Christian families. It is now a museum with halls exhibiting the social life of Izmir and its surrounding areas in the 19th century. For further information click here
AlsancakA great place to come as there is a huge range of restaurants, bars, cafés, clubs and other places of entertainment in and around the back streets. For further information click here
Birgi Cakiraga MansionOne of the few mansions to have survived and retain its original beauty and unique Aegean style, it was built in 1761 in a rich, colourful and ornamental design similar to what can be seen in Istanbul , Paris and Venice. For further information click here
Hisar MosqueThe mosque was built in 1592 and is the oldest and one of the most significant Ottoman landmarks in Izmir and is located right next to the Kemeralti Bazaar. For further information click here
AsansorThis elevator was built in 1907 to provide easier access up the steep cliff for passengers and freight and gives fantastic and beautiful views over the city and is now a popular tourist attraction. For further information click here
KadifekaleKadifekale or Velvet Castle was a site believed to have been chosen by Alexander the Great. The restored walls are very impressive as are the remains of the huge cisterns that were used to store water.
Kultur ParkThis is a great place to take a break from the noisy and hectic life of the city. The park is located in the centre of Izmir, it is a huge green space that has lots of tea gardens, small cafes, sports facilities and more, it also hosts many different events all year round such as trade fairs.
KordonThis has to be one of the best places to come and eat a fish supper and watch the sun set over the Bay of Izmir. There are many restaurants along this promenade to choose from but if the prices prove to be too expensive for your pocket then buy a “Kumru” (a bread roll filled with a cheese and tomato) or some “Midye” (mussels stuffed with rice and pine nuts) from one of the many vendors that sell them from here.
Museum of History & ArtLocated in the centre of the Kultur Park the museum is made up of 3 buildings each showing different exhibits that include sculpture, ceramics and precious artefacts dating from Pre-historical, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.
Konak PierThis once run down jetty is now a very upmarket place to visit and shop in the chic designer stores or to eat at one of the restaurants that offer a superb view over the harbour and watch the sun go down.
Ride the Teleferik (Cable Car)Head over to Balcova and ride up the slopes on this cable car. Once up the top you will get fantastic views across the city and Gulf of Izmir, there are cafes and restaurants available and you even have barbecue facilities so you can cook your own food if you want to.
Birds Paradise Nature Reserve (Kus Cenneti)This is a haven for twitcher’s and bird lover’s, it is set over 19,770 acres with lagoons, marshes, grasslands and salt ponds. Boasting of over 220 bird species and has 10% of the world’s population of flamingos, it also has species that are in danger of extinction such as the Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant and Lesser Kestrel.
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