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Izmir

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Izmir's top must-see sights

As Turkey's western pearl, Izmir is a thriving Aegean port city with a rich cultural heritage. It boasts ancient architecture, natural beauty, and is also an hour's drive to the spectacular ruins of Ephesus. If you fancy a cruise this is a favorite stop.

  • 1. İzmir Alsancak Terminal

    It's Turkey's second oldest train station and hub for tourists with a taste for adventure. If you want to visit Turkey's many historic landmarks, then this is a central stop.

  • Asansör

    2. Asansör

    This turn-of-the-century elevator is one of Izmir's must-see attractions. With stunning city views, a quick ride to the top will take you to an excellent traditional restaurant.

  • 3. Mount Yamanlar

    Just a short journey outside of Izmir is this spectacular rocky expanse. Picnic on the banks of its beautiful lake Karagöl or climb to the ancient tomb of Tantalus on its mount.

  • Izmir Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi)

    4. Izmir Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi)

    At the heart of Konak Square is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. With a classic Ottoman design, the clock tower is one of Turkey's jewels and a picture-perfect tourist spot.

  • St. Polycarp Church

    5. St. Polycarp Church

    Make a pilgrimage to Izmir's oldest church, famous as one of only seven holy buildings mentioned in the Bible. Plan in advance, as it is only open to tourists on special days.

  • Kemeralti Bazaar

    6. Kemeralti Bazaar

    Packed with hidden gems, Izmir's ancient market is a must-see for adventurous tourists. It's particularly good for leather, clothing, and jewelry - perfect for holiday bargains.

  • Mount Sipylus

    7. Mount Sipylus

    At the edge of the ancient site of Manisa is this towering, natural beauty. Reached via Izmir's winding mountain roads, visit its base where the famous Weeping Rock of Niobe sits.

Frequently asked questions about Izmir

Planning Your Visit

  • When should you visit?

    Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, Izmir is hot and dry in the summer and mild in the winter. Its tourist attractions are open year-round, so the perfect time to visit is completely up to you.

  • Where should you stay in Izmir?

    Whatever your budget, there are plenty of sleek, modern hotels and cozy traditional guesthouses in Izmir. For a combination of the two, The Key Hotel comes highly recommended. This reimagined 1950s bank boasts high-tech rooms with stunning sea views. Or, for a touch of luxury, check into the Swissôtel Büyük Efes in the city's center with wonderful spa facilities.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    To enjoy some great sightseeing weather with fewer tourists, plan your visit for spring or fall.

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What people are saying about Izmir

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4.6 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Ephesus is awe inspiring, a great tour around the excavated parts with a friendly guide, The house of virgin Mary and the church of St. John, the gospel writer, is included. Not to be missed!

We had a very nice and up-and-coming driver, the vehicle was big enough for 10 people and luggage. Gladly again

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It worked out great. Decent vehicle and nice driver