Izmir is a beautiful resort and is in the ideal location for those wanting to explore the rich heritage of Turkey. Visit one of the famous archaeological sites or join in with the musical celebrations in the spring and summer. The area has a wealth of history and has lots of interesting things to keep you entertained both day and night.
There are several beautiful beaches near Izmir where you can spend your afternoons lounging on the soft, golden sand and paddling in the clear waters. Recline on a sun lounger whilst you enjoy the view of the water glistening in the sunlight. The beaches in Cesme, Foca and Dikili are easily accessible via public transport from the city centre. Ilica Beach in Cesme is popular for its great amenities and cove of soft sand that gently shelves into warm shallow waters.
There’s a great choice of nightlife in Izmir from traditional dining to cocktail and wine bars. Spend your evenings in the wide range of bars and pubs and enjoy the lively atmosphere. There’s plenty of opportunity to dance the night away in one of the nightclubs if you fancy it, the majority of which can be found in the Kordon and Alsancak areas.
History to be explored
Izmir was once the ancient city of Smyrna, but is now a developed tourist destination surrounded by lush green mountains and set by a tranquil bay. The historical hub has a range of ancient buildings, castles and museums to visit. One thing that should be at the top of your to do list is the Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, as this unique building is crammed full of hand crafted artwork and has a brilliant view of the city.
Visit the area’s most famous archaeological site; the Ancient City of Ephesus, in the small town of Selcuk. It was once the Mediterranean’s thriving commercial centre and is significant for early Christianity. Visit the 4th century AD House of Virgin Mary, which is said to be where Mary lived after the death of Jesus. See the small church and bedrooms and drink from the fountain; its water is said to have curative properties. The impressive archaeological site has the remaining foundations of this once great city and carved columns from the Hellenistic Age. The area is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Temple of Artemis, and the Basilica of St John.