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Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city, and sits on the country’s stunning Aegean coast. Encompassing many of the popular features of Turkey’s other thriving cities - including bustling markets, ancient ruins and ornate mosques - Izmir is accessible via direct flights from both Manchester and London. There’s also the opportunity to head out of Izmir to its nearby towns and villages, where you’ll be treated to a whole host of family friendly beach resorts.
Izmir holidays are ideal for couples and friends looking for an offbeat city destination, as well as families in need of a carefree beach getaway. No matter where you choose to stay in Izmir, there’s a range of accommodation waiting for you. Head into the city centre for chic boutique hotels, or retreat to the coast for 5* spa resorts.
Where to stay
A coastal town found less than an hour’s drive outside of Izmir, Cesme has the best of both worlds: as well as beaches and plenty of diving opportunities, further inland you’ll find museums, a castle and a variety of restaurants.
There’s a range of 3, 4 and 5* accommodation on offer in Cesme, covering everything from homely family-run hotels to large resorts. Many of the hotels have direct beach access and on-site leisure facilities including outdoor pools and fitness area.
For a city break with a difference, take in the whirlwind of sights, sounds and smells within Izmir City. The whole family can soak up what the city has to offer, from museums to amusement parks via 4th century ruins.
From cosy budget rooms to 5* hotels with all the trimmings, Izmir City accommodation offers it all. Accommodation is reasonably priced, while many of the hotels come with extras such as spa and wellness facilities, rooftop restaurants and WiFi. For a getaway to remember, stay near the city’s iconic seafront promenade, Kordon. It’s where locals go to relax in the evenings with cafes, bars and open green spaces.
Ozdere is another popular resort town, just over an hour’s drive from Izmir City but only a few minutes from the beach. Giving quick and easy access to the Turkish Riviera, Ozdere is a town that enjoys warm temperatures from April to November - making it a favourite destination for some early or late-summer sunshine!
The accommodation in Ozdere is typically high-end, with an abundance of 4 and 5* luxury hotels lining the coast. With features such as views across the Aegean shores, private beach access and a spa, these hotels offer the perfect opportunity for guests to unwind in style. Ozdere also has a number of mid-budget 3* hotels available too.
What to see
The cosmopolitan city of Izmir delights with its mixture of old and new. One of the most famous sights is Smyrna Agora Ancient City which is found in the heart of Izmir City. Here you’ll be able to see the ruins of the 4th-century city that used to be on the site of Izmir; get up close to Roman ruins such as temples, cobbled streets and courtyards. Other popular sights include the 16th-century Hisar Mosque and the Agora Open Air Museum which showcases the remains of an ancient Greek and Roman city centre.
The whole family can enjoy the thrills at Lunapark, a small amusement park that’s home to a handful of rides and attractions. Expect to find vintage-style roller coasters, a ferris wheel, and smaller rides for little ones. All of these sights can be glimpsed from one of the city’s many lookout points. Velvet Castle - Kadifekale - overlooks the city from its position on the hilltop, while a visit up to the top of Asansör tower will reward you with views out across the bay.
Outside of Izmir there’s more to keep you busy: head out to Kara Lake for hiking trails, escape on a boat to Yassica Island for picturesque beaches, and enjoy a day out at Izmir Wildlife Park.
Izmir city centre has nightlife that’s fun and varied, ranging from bars where you can practice your salsa on the dance floor to late-night clubs and coffee houses. Being a university city, Izmir’s bars are often brimming with students - especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Nightlife venues are open until the early hours of the morning throughout the week, though, so you’ll never be too far from some live music or a place to sip some cocktails. Over in Cesme there are a number of bars and beach clubs lining the coast, while the central town area is packed with pubs, restaurants and lounges every few steps.
What to eat
One place not to miss in Izmir is Havra (Synagogue) Street where the colourful smells, sights and sounds of the food markets are more than enough to whet your appetite. Stalls selling everything from cheese to meat and spices line the streets, making it a one-stop place for getting to grips with the area’s popular cuisine. Meze appetizers are a popular sight in restaurants around Izmir, as is seafood: expect to see grilled octopus and fresh fish on menus. Be sure to try some gözleme before you leave - this savoury flatbread is a favourite local comfort food and can be stuffed with fillings as varied as minced beef, plain cheese or spinach.
With so many shopping opportunities in Izmir, make sure you leave some space in your suitcase on the way out! Kemeralti, the city’s historical market area, is one of the most popular shopping places for both tourists and locals. Wander around shops and stalls selling clothing, jewellery, herbal teas and more, and haggle for the perfect souvenir or gift to take home. Designer stores and high street shops can be found in the Alsancak area, while Agora shopping centre is the largest in Izmir. The modern two-storey shopping centre is around a 15-minute drive out from the city centre but there are almost 200 local and international shops under one roof - as well as restaurants and a kid’s entertainment area.
Fast Facts about Izmir
- Direct flight time: 3 hours 45 minutes from London
- Time Zone: GMT+3
- Currency: Turkish Lira
- Language: Turkish
- Average price of a domestic beer: 15 TL
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 40 TL