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The Ancient City of Ephesus

One 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 Museum

The 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 Museum

Sitting 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

Kizlaragasi Han

This grand and impressive building is in the Kemeralti Bazaar; it was built in 1744 and was once a caravanserai.  Today it is the only covered part of the bazaar, it has a tea garden in the courtyard there and antique shops on the 2nd floor.

Archaeology Museum

This 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 Museum

This 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


A 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 Mansion

One 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 Mosque

The 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


This 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


Kadifekale 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 Park

This 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.


This 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.


This is on the opposite side of the bay from Alsancak, you can hop on an inexpensive ferry to get there and it only takes around 10 to 15 minutes.  Once there you can stroll along the promenade of go shopping in the main street which is just a short walk from the dock and has lots of stores selling fashion, shoes, bags and  household items with lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food outlets.

Museum of History & Art

Located 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 Pier

This 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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Turkish Food Recipes

Saksuka - Fried Aubergine with Yogurt and Tomato Sauce - Vegetable Mezes

Cold Meze

Courgette with Rice in Olive Oil - Vegetable Courses

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Chicken Pilaf - Rice & Pasta Dishes

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Chickpeas with Minced Beef - Red Meat Courses

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Fried Red Mullet - Other Main Courses

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Hummus or Humus - Cold Meze

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