Things to do Izmir

What’s Izmir?

What can be seen in Izmir?

Izmir offers a lot of different touristic attractions such as the Clock Tower, Asansör, the Kemeralti Bazaar, the Agora, the Kadifekale Castle and many different beaches and ancient cities on the outskirts of the city.

What language is spoken in Izmir?

As the official language of Turkiye is the Turkish language, it is the dominant language of Izmir, but also while strolling through the streets of Izmir, hearing Kurdish, Arabic, English (as the city is widely visited by tourists), and even Ladino (the language of the Sephardic Jews) is possible.

What is Izmir known for?

The city is known as one of the most modern and developed cities of the country, also it houses the highly-acclaimed ancient city Ephesus and is said to have been the birthplace of Homer, the legendary Greek author. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When was Izmir founded?

The first settlement of the early forms of the name of “Izmir”, which is called “Old Smyrna” in literature, is thought to date back as far as the 3rd millennium B.C.

Who founded Izmir?

Although the excavations on the Tepekule Mound of ‘Old Smyrna’ show a certain decree of Mycenaean influence, it is thought that the city was established by the indigenous peoples of the area, until Alexander the Great moved the city 6 kilometers away to the south-west on the Mount Pagos.

In which country is Izmir located?

Izmir is located in Turkiye

Why is Izmir secular?

Izmir housed a large population of non-Muslim people for many centuries, therefore there has always been a certain amount of tolerance towards many different religions throughout its history.

Where to stay in Izmir?

Within the urban districts of the city there are more than 300 hotels of various standards and the Alsancak quarter is the most common area of accommodation. 

How many days should one stay in Izmir?

The majority of the travelers accommodate for at least 2 nights in Izmir.

Who burned Izmir?

Although there are many Turkish sources which accuse the occupying Greek army and many Greek sources which accuse the Turks, some objective sources claim that upon the Turkish victory and the liberation of Izmir, things got out of control in the conflicts within the city between the Turkish and the Armenian gangs and thus the fire started.

Is Izmir worth visiting?

With a huge number of touristic attractions within and on the outskirts of the city, Izmir is definitely worth your while.

How is Izmir pronounced?

The word “Izmir” is pronounced as “IZ-meer” ( ɪzmɪər).

Which is better, Izmir or Antalya?

Both cities offer numerous places to visit and beaches to spend a whole vacation and although Antalya is a lot smaller in population, in summer it becomes highly busy owing to its beautiful seaside.

Why is Izmir famous?

It is owed to the fact that the city houses several touristic attractions such as numerous historical monuments, ancient cities and many different beaches on the outskirts.

How to go from Izmir to Pamukkale?

The drive takes more than 3 hours and after finishing the Izmir-Aydın Motorway (Otoyol 31) to the south, one has to head east on the land route between Aydın and Denizli.

Is Izmir safe/dangerous?

Izmir has a crime rate of 27,16%, which puts it in the 48th position on the list of safest cities on earth.

How far is Izmir from Istanbul?

Between the two cities there are roughly 500 km, which is approximately 6 hour drive and one hour flight. 

Why is Izmir important?

Izmir is important as the 3rd most populous city in Turkiye and one of the greatest touristic attractions of the country. 

How to get to Cappadocia from Izmir?

Although there are roughly 850 km from Izmir to Cappadocia, there are several indirect flights everyday from Izmir International Airport to Kayseri Erkilet Airport.

Where to eat in Izmir?

Although there are all kinds of restaurants in Izmir, the fish restaurants by the shore are the most preferred.

Is Izmir a tourist destination?

As it receives more than 1,5 millions of tourists every year, Izmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Turkiye.

How to get around in Izmir?

With İzmirimkart, the public transportation card of Izmir, it is possible to take the tram, the subway, the public buses and the ferry; but if you are interested to receive a special service, do not hesitate to contact us.

Which airport does Izmir house?

Izmir houses İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

What to buy in Izmir?

The most popular and the historic marketplace of Izmir, called Kemeralti, houses thousands of different goods to buy, such as clothes, dried fruits, souvenirs, spices, hand-woven carpets, leather jackets, jewelry, fish, fruits, vegetables etc.

Where is Izmir in Turkiye?

Izmir is located in the western extremity of Anatolia.

Clients Feedback

“Erman was a great tour guide. He was very easy to understand and always ensured our safety. He had all the answers to our questions and provided some key details about Pamukkale. Thanks again, Erman!”
Antonio M
Review of: Pamukkale Tour from Izmir
The day got off to a wonderful start, the team messaged and called to ensure perfect pick up, our driver was a complete gentleman and our guide Ezra was really lovely, talked us through a huge amount of history of Ephesus. She was very knowledgeable and answered every single question we asked. We were very pleased and Bally with our day, and would highly recommend Gazenthi Travel Agency for this great day put, thanks Ezra and our driver (so sorry I cannot recall your name) Susan Mc Hugh and Eva Fusco
Susan M
Review of: Ephesus Tour From Izmir
Collected from Hotel on time, comfortable vehicle. Good tour of Ephus. Meal was a bit of a tourist trap with grumpy servers, really rude and arrogant, doing a favor to the patrons. Our guide Ezra was knowledgeable and didn't rush us, she was a very good guide . Remember sun hat and cream there is not much shade. The ruins are really worth visiting.
Review of: Ephesus Tour From Izmir
Wonderful tour of Ephesus. Ezra our guide, contacted us about pick up which was really efficient. She was really lovely, talked us through a huge amount of history and was very knowledgeable. Lunch was buffet style and plentiful. There was a good mix of ‘free time’ to wander around and guided information time. Highly recommend this tour if you want to learn about Ephesus.
Review of: Ephesus Tour From Izmir
Nice tour in a very comfortable van. The tour guide was very accommodating to my needs for drop off which I highly appreciated. My tour guide Erman had a good sense of humour and gave very good explanations throughout the tour, he was also very organised and time efficient. Lunch was buffet style, with traditional local fare which was above expectation. Worth giving this tour a go if you are looking to visit Ephesus!
Review of: Ephesus Tour From Izmir