Things to do 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Izmir is located in Turkiye
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.
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.
The majority of the travelers accommodate for at least 2 nights in 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.
With a huge number of touristic attractions within and on the outskirts of the city, Izmir is definitely worth your while.
The word “Izmir” is pronounced as “IZ-meer” ( ɪzmɪər).
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.
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.
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.
Izmir has a crime rate of 27,16%, which puts it in the 48th position on the list of safest cities on earth.
Between the two cities there are roughly 500 km, which is approximately 6 hour drive and one hour flight.
Izmir is important as the 3rd most populous city in Turkiye and one of the greatest touristic attractions of the country.
Although there are roughly 850 km from Izmir to Cappadocia, there are several indirect flights everyday from Izmir International Airport to Kayseri Erkilet Airport.
Although there are all kinds of restaurants in Izmir, the fish restaurants by the shore are the most preferred.
As it receives more than 1,5 millions of tourists every year, Izmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Turkiye.
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.
Izmir houses İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport.
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.
Izmir is located in the western extremity of Anatolia.