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Holidays in Izmir

Flanked by beach resort neighbours, Izmir stands out as a unique holiday destination for the Turkey-curious. The region is rich in history, with a flourishing city on the coast providing cultural gems and traditional cuisine. Explore cities founded by Alexander the Great, sail out from the famous marina or dine on octopus in a seafront restaurant. All the while, the white and gold Aegean beaches wait nearby.

30 °C

For more comfortable sightseeing temperatures, aim for spring and autumn.

4 hours

Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

Book your Izmir holiday with Thomas Cook today to experience the exciting mix of ancient and new within one of Turkey’s most beautiful regions.

Recommended offers in Izmir

Derici Hotel

Kusadasi, Izmir

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Within 300m of resort centre
  • Three restaurants including one roof-top
  • 170m from the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 411 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 16 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 277

smartline Lion Hotel

Kusadasi, Izmir

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Interconnecting family rooms
  • Two swimming pools, one with waterslides
  • Turkish bath, sauna and massage facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 405 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 5 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 293

SENTIDO Marina Suites

Kusadasi, Izmir

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Restaurant overlooking marina
  • Adult-only
  • 200m walk to beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 657 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 367

Pine Bay Holiday Resort

Kusadasi, Izmir

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On a Blue Flag beach
  • On-site waterpark
  • Outdoor and indoor pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 951 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 27 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 371

Flora Garden Ephesus

Kusadasi, Izmir

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Private beachfront location
  • Two outdoor pools (one with waterslides)
  • Selection of daytime activities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 122 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

£ 371

Located on the sparkling Aegean Coast, Kusadasi is one of the most idyllic spots in the region. The resort is loved for being the picture-perfect beach destination, with beautifully smooth white sand lapped by the azure ocean. Kusadasi is also the gateway to the region’s ancient sites and has a busy old town filled with authentic bazaars. Its modern centre is also something to shout about, with a top clubbing scene and plenty of bars and restaurants to pick from. The resort is within easy reach of Izmir city and Ozdere.

Dining on Izmir’s waterfront is the perfect way to acclimatise, with fresh local produce filling the nearby restaurants. Take your camera for a walk and see the surviving remnants of ancient empires, such as the city of Ephesus, or take a guided tour around the oldest quarters. For a day of blissful relaxation, head to the beach to cool off by the sea. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze with a stroll along the seafront promenade or take a sailing trip along the coast. In the evenings, make the most of Izmir’s vibrant nightlife scene and check out the local bars and clubs.

Izmir is within easy reach of some fantastic beaches on the Aegean Coast. The region has many white-sand beaches that are the ideal breath of fresh air on a day trip from the city. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Izmir, and the beaches are the perfect place for sailing, water sports or splashing around with your bucket and spade. Many of the beaches are backed by well-equipped promenades that are lovely spots to stop for lunch or a drink, or you could look for a quiet cove away from the busy resorts.

Izmir is rich in authentic and international restaurants, with a wide choice of cuisine and plenty of local favourites for the discerning foodie. The handy coastal location means that one of Izmir’s biggest attractions is the wonderful seafood, with sardines and octopus finding their way into the local meze. Izmir Kofte, a spicy meatball casserole, is a local favourite. The region has a reputation for its wine and olive growing, producing nearly a quarter of the country’s wine, including Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc white grapes and deep Pinot Noir reds.  

Izmir’s ancestry goes back thousands of years, and its historical attractions are a big draw. The region is home to the ancient cities of Ephesus and Agora, founded by Alexander the Great, and Izmir is filled with interesting museums and landmarks from its history. It’s well worth visiting the Izmir Archaeology Museum and Museum of History and Art if you’re interested in finding out more about the area. When you’re ready to cool off, discover the best places on Izmir’s waterfront for a drink and experience the city’s diverse nightlife, with plenty of good bars and live music venues.

IZMIR IS BEST FOR...

Day trippers: Surrounded by historical sites, beach resorts and boats, Izmir is the perfect base for exploring the area

Foodies: The city has a quality restaurant scene for sampling local Turkish delicacies

Culture lovers: Visit in time for the local art and music festivals, and enjoy Izmir’s top museums any time.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Izmir is Turkish

Currency: The currency used in Izmir is the Turkish Lira

Local time: Izmir is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours

Tourist Information: Further Izmir tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Izmir. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

 


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Low 30s (°C) around July and August.

Best time to go: For more comfortable sightseeing temperatures, aim for spring and autumn.

The weather in Izmir is typically Mediterranean, characterised by hot summers and long hours of sunshine. In July and August, the temperature soars right into the 30s with occasional highs of 35°C. The best time to go to Izmir is in spring, when the temperature averages in the comfortable but sunny mid-20s.


GETTING AROUND

By metro: Izmir city has a quick and convenient Metro system that runs until 11.30pm. The metro is an affordable way of getting between the city sights when you’re short of time.

By taxi: For exploring the region, the biggest attractions and hotels will have taxi ranks nearby. Getting around by taxi should be reasonably priced if you ensure a meter is used.

By bus: Getting around by bus is the cheapest method in Izmir, with a number of main bus centres and shuttle buses operating to the main resorts.


EVENTS

Music lovers: Every June, the city hosts the Izmir International Festival, a music festival that has showcased the likes of Ray Charles and Elton John. Performances and concerts take place at multiple venues across the city.

Art attack: Another popular June event is the Tree of Life Festival, a music and arts event similar to Glastonbury with stalls, workshops, performance art and live music.

All that jazz: Cementing Izmir’s reputation for music is the annual Izmir European Jazz Festival, held in March and featuring performances from heavyweights in Turkish and European jazz.


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

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