The Province of Izmir is situated on the Turkish coast, representing a metropolis and the third largest city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara. The metropolitan municipality of Izmir was known as Smyrna in the ancient times. The great city has over 3 million inhabitants and it is located in the Gulf of Izmir, also owning a large marina where the boat owners are allowed to moor throughout the year.
This is a region where the tourists can find a multitude of touristic objectives that are overwhelming. Most of the vacations on this side of the Turkish coastline become unforgettable due to the authentic air, the rich culture, delicious cuisine and the modern lifestyle. It is a known fact that Izmir has raised its cultural and historical heritage on the foundation that the Levantine, Greek, Jewish and Armenian people have constructed on this old territory. Their inheritance was well preserved and developed into what the travellers can see today in this metropolis.
Nowadays, Izmir has 11 districts and attracting cities that are worth the tourists’ attention during the stay. There is a wide variety of ancient ruins and sites that one can visit if interested to walk with the ancestors and learn their stories. The Ancient City of Ephesus, Celsus Library, the Terrace Houses, Ephesus Museum, Ephesus Theatre, the Acropolis, Pergamon Asklepieion and Acropolis, Curetes Street, Public Latrine, the Arcadian Way or the Basilica of Saint John are just a part of the old part of Izmir.
On the modern side of the city, Kemeralti Market is a busy area where tourists can buy souvenirs and cheap objects, Kordon welcomes its tourists and encourages them to take a walk on the seafront promenade, Konak Meydani is a pedestrian area where other beautiful buildings can be admired or Agora, the restored monument that was originally built by Alexander the Great, are outstandingly surprising the visitors.
The Aegean Sea has some of the most electrifying beaches on the Turkish coast. Ilica Beach, Pirlanta Beach, Fun Beach Club, Ramo Beach, Mimoza Koyu, Fame Beach or Sara Beach, are charming enough to make their visitors come back many times. The colours of the water are simply amazing, ranging from light blue to green, emerald and intense blue. The beaches are golden sanded and the small bays and coves offer intimacy and protection to those who want to enjoy a silent vacation, away from the urban agglomeration.
The amusement parks in Izmir offer the public a complete, entertaining experience Both children and adults have access to facilities like Aqua Fantasy Aqua Park, Yali Castle Aqua Park, Aqua Toy City, Topolino or Coskun Luna Park.
The local cuisine is amazingly delicious and the travellers will enjoy the fresh dishes from the Aegean gastronomy. There are Turkish restaurants, Steakhouses, international restaurants and seafood restaurants in Izmir in order to satisfy anyone’s tastes and desires. Sakiz, Apropo, Asansor, Deniz, Damla or Yengec restaurants are some of the most popular in the city.
The tourists can find hotels for all of the budgets in Izmir, but some of the best accommodation services are provided by Vintage Boutique Hotel Alacati, Chigdem Hotel, Imren han Otel ve Konaklari, Alacati Beach Resort and many others. This destination is complex and highly appreciated by travellers from the four corners of the world due to the high standards and the quality of the services.