Preserving the golden age
Izmir, overlooking the Aegean Sea on Turkey’s west coast, is the country’s third largest city. It’s been an important port ever since being the ancient Greek city of Smyrna and has been continuously populated for some 8,500 years. Packed with bustling bazaars and ancient ruins, with a long, elegant seaside promenade, Izmir continues to entice visitors today, many of whom come for its easy access to ancient Ephesus and stay for its fresh seafood, historic sights and stunning coastal scenery.
Stroll along the Kordon, the mile-long waterside promenade, or take a horse-drawn carriage tour of this popular thoroughfare where locals congregate to relax on the grassy banks or hang out in the many bars, cafes and restaurants that fringe its eastern edge.
Konak Square, with its intricate and well-preserved clock tower from 1901 is very much the city’s hub, and Konak Pier, designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel, is also worth time spent in its cinema, shops and restaurants.
Wander around the Alsancak neighbourhood and stop for a bite on Gazi Kadinlar a popular street lined with many colourful and tempting fish eateries, as well as many of the city’s liveliest bars. Book your flights to Izmir today and start exploring.