Izmir travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: Occasional highs of 35°C in July and August.

Best time to go: For more comfortable sightseeing temperatures, book holidays to Izmir for spring or autumn.

In summer, temperatures rise into the 30s (°C), so it’s the perfect time of year for Izmir holidays if you’re seeking hot sunshine. It remains mild in winter, too, but it’s probably too chilly for a swim in the sea. And if you want sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s, you’ll love spring and Autumn here. 

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Izmir Turkey is best for…

Culture lovers: You can visit the top museums and head for the bustling bazaars all year round. And don’t forget to sample some local Turkish delicacies (including Ayran, a foamy drink of yoghurt, water and salt which tastes much better than it sounds!).

Explorers: You’ll discover historical sites galore in this region, and if you’re going in search of beaches, they’re ready and waiting nearby. Holidays to Izmir are perfect for exploring the wider area. 

Nature lovers: Right on your doorstep, you’ve got the lovely Dilek National Park, a protected area featuring mountainous walking trails, lush forests and hidden coves. Why not go deer-spotting, hike up a hill, or take a dip in the sea?

Fast facts

Language: Turkish, with English widely spoken in the main resorts and tourist hot spots.

Currency: Turkish Lira.

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

Fly to: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. Transfers to Izmir resorts take 50 minutes to 2 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Izmir is 4 hours.

Visa / health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for visas and health recommendations and advice. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

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Getting around

By metro: There’s a quick and efficient metro system in Izmir city. It’s a straightforward way to make your way between the city sights if you want to get there fast.

By bus: This is the cheapest way to get out and about to nearby resorts, and there are many main bus centres and shuttle buses running to and from the area.  

By taxi: They’re great for getting from the airport if you want to be dropped off right outside your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for an estimate before you get in.  


Izmir International Festival: Music lovers, you should time your visit with this lively music festival. Every June, this city hosts performances and concerts at venues all over the city, and past acts include the likes of Ray Charles and Elton John.

Izmir European Jazz Festival: Cementing this city's reputation as a hotspot for music is the annual Jazz Festival. Held in March, you can expect performances from the big names in Turkish and European jazz.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Izmir, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security