Things to do in Izmir

Things to do in Izmir

Izmir is the third most populous city in, a modern city full of history and memories. If you find yourself in Turkey, Izmir should definitely be on your list. You can easily spend two days enjoying this vivid city and of course, you can combine your visit there with other destinations, like Cappadocia or Greece!

It would not be exaggerating to note that İzmir’s most beautiful beaches are in Alaçatı – namely, Ilıca Beach, Delikli Bay, Çark Beach, Cleopatra Bay and Piyade Bay Beach.

Turkey’s third largest city is not only known for its ancient roots but also the many facets of its contemporary culture, all of which have made it one of the most important cities in the Aegean.

Today, Izmir is best known as the most Western-oriented Turkish city. A large part of the population is Muslim and mosques are found everywhere, but when you walk around the city centre, it is not necessarily obvious.

Exploring History & Culture

    • Agora of Smyrna: Step back in time at this ancient Roman marketplace, where centuries-old ruins tell stories of a bygone era.
  • Kemeraltı Bazaar: Get lost in a maze of colorful stalls, bustling shops, and hidden courtyards at this historic market. Haggle for Turkish delights, textiles, and souvenirs.
  • Konak Square & Clock Tower: The heart of Izmir, this lively square features the iconic Ottoman-era Clock Tower, a symbol of the city.
  • Hisar Mosque: Marvel at the intricate architecture and peaceful atmosphere of one of Izmir’s largest and oldest mosques.

Enjoying the Outdoors & Views

  • The Kordon: Stroll along this beautiful waterfront promenade, lined with cafes, restaurants, and offering breathtaking sea views.
  • Asansör: Take the historic elevator up to a panoramic viewpoint for stunning cityscapes and magical sunsets.
  • Kadifekale (Velvet Castle): Hike to the ruins of this hilltop castle built during Alexander the Great’s reign and enjoy sweeping city views.

Day Trips & Delights

  • Ephesus: Journey to one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities, with its magnificent Library of Celsus and Roman amphitheater.
    Şirince: A charming mountain village known for its fruit wines, traditional houses, and picturesque setting.
  • Beaches of Çeşme and Alaçatı: Escape the city to white-sand beaches and the charming resort towns of the Çeşme peninsula.

Indulging in Izmir’s Flavors

Izmir’s culinary scene is a delight! Don’t miss these local specialties:

  • Kumru: A satisfying sandwich with assorted cheeses, sausage, and tomatoes.
  • Boyoz: A savory pastry unique to Izmir, best enjoyed fresh.
  • Seafood: Savor fresh Aegean seafood at delightful seaside restaurants.

Izmir offers a captivating blend of history, seaside charm, and modern energy. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, or culinary delights, this Turkish gem has something for everyone.

The best time to visit Izmir

May to August is the best time to visit Izmir. The place has a Mediterranean climate most of the year. During the peak season, the weather is warm, and great to roam around the places. October is warm in Izmir and not hot, with cooler evenings.

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