If you want to go away from Istanbul, Izmir, Turkey, is a wonderful choice. Istanbul is unquestionably the best city-break spot in Turkey. Only a fool could seek to dethrone Istanbul, but farther down the Aegean coast, the lively city of Izmir and its neighboring beach resorts offer for a terrific weekend getaway.

 

Despite the fact that Izmir cannot compare to Istanbul in terms of archaeological significance, the city has a plethora of options for visitors. Travelers who wish to experience something different in Turkey will appreciate touring the city and nearby coastal districts, which have underestimated sights with little-known history. Izmir is also a prominent cruise ship port, with tourists frequently traveling via on their route to explore the old Roman city wrecks of Ephesus.

Smaller coastal resorts such as Alacati are widely recognized for their surfing, affluent and elegant Cesme, which are located on the same peninsula and encircle the city center, are widely known with Turks who seek summer properties in the area.

 

For the entire trip, you'll also be introduced to Izmir's beautiful Wildlife Park, with its inhabitant tigers and elephants. It is one of the popular destinations for families. However, if you are a birdwatcher then making a trip to Paradise Park is a better option, it is a safe refuge and is full of natural beauty.

After exploring the parks one can go to the Asano (Elevator) local construction which is well-liked by residents for its vista and eatery.

Travelers who wish to experience something different in Turkey will definitely love to tour the city and nearby coastal districts, which have a little-known history. Izmir is also a prominent cruise ship port via which the tourists frequently travel to explore the old Roman city wrecks of Ephesus.

One can also experience the spectacular view of Izmir City from Kadifkale Castle, which is popularly considered to be the site of Saint Polycarp's martyrdom. The historical museum houses an impressive exhibit of Roman and Greek artwork, whereas the agora houses remain from Izmir's Hellenistic and early Roman periods.

 

 

When in Izmir, you should go to Şirince. The narrow alleyways of Şirince hold mysteries around every bend, and the deteriorating old homes provide photographers with incredible photo opportunities.

The Historical Clock Tower is another beautiful tourist attraction where everyone must visit once in a lifetime, The Clock Tower was built in 1901.

The pigeons flying all around the tower give a beautiful look to the tower. The elegant marble fountains outside the tower will enhance the beauty of the tower. One can also feed the pigeons flying around the tower.

 

Where to stay in Izmir?

Pick the best hotel from a variety of hotels in Izmir. Economical vacationers can stay in the Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir or else, one can stay in a basic B&B or self-catering apartment. Izmir also boasts prestigious Spa hotels that offer natural spa water for curative therapies, despite the fact that they are located outside of the city center.

Mövenpick Hotel is one of the best accommodation options in Izmir. Here you can pick from 185 rooms, including 36 luxury rooms and 17 suites. While staying in a suite one can enjoy a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea. 

The rooms also offer wireless Internet, a desk, a Flat Screen, coffee/tea maker, spacious living area, a luxurious king-size bed, specific anti-allergic pillows, a DVD player, and Nespresso equipment. The washroom is also is equipped with all major amenities such as a sisal sponge, shaving kit, toothbrush, toothpaste, body lotion, shampoo, and soap.

 

Where to party or eat in Izmir? 

Enjoy a plethora of shopping and nightlife choices in Izmir. To begin, drive to Alsancak's Kordon neighborhood, wherein the inhabitants congregate or eat. You'll get an opportunity to taste several traditional delicacies at the eateries of Izmir. The Kumru sandwich, made with tomatoes, cheese, and sucuk, is a popular delicacy of the city, while for breakfast you can eat pastry Boyoz. On the other hand, the greatest places to socialize are in the Alsancak and Konak neighborhoods.

 

How to reach Izmir? 

You can take a flight from Istanbul airport as Izmir has excellent access to Istanbul's new airport. On the other hand, the nationwide bus system also unites Izmir to the rest of Turkey. Furthermore, several cruise ships sail in Izmir due to the port's status as an official entry point. However, if you are planning to travel by car, take the D550, E881, or E87 Highways.


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