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Theme parks, archaeological sites and beaches to die for are just some of the tourist treats waiting in store for those who choose beautiful Izmir as their next holiday destination.  Known as the ‘Pearl of the Aegean’, Izmir is the perfect choice if you’re looking to combine a city break with that longer beachside holiday you’ve been after. While it might be Turkey’s third largest city, it still retains the holiday resort vibe of smaller towns along Turkey’s turquoise Aegean coast. A bay packed with palm-lined promenades, seafront restaurants and cafés as far as the eye can see make this city a popular holiday choice with tourists.

And with more than 5,000 years of history, you can expect to be bombarded with archaeological goodies at every turn, both inside the city and close by. Oh, and did we mention the beaches? Not many cities can boast sandy stretches and waters of this quality right on their doorstep, or the top quality beach resort of Kusadasi just down the road. 



Stretching back to the 17th century, this is one of the best ways to get a feel of Izmir's past. Get lost, like the locals do, in the mass of alleyways and be guided by the sights, sounds and smells. It's a good opportunity to try two of Izmir's specialities, boyoz and kumru, local snacks of which the city are understandably proud.

As a highly recommended place for shopping in Izmir, Forum Bornova also hosts children activities like shows and cinema blockbusters, making this a family day out. After a whirlwind shopping spree of brand name and budget labels, numerous restaurants throughout the mall serve every type of food you can imagine.

The 17th-century maze of Kemeralti, the historic shopping district of Izmir is a souvenir goldmine. Eager shopkeepers, old architecture, locally made handicrafts and the famed Turkish shopping banter lends to an exotic experience reminiscent of old Izmir before it modernised itself. Don't forget to haggle on prices.


Travel smoothly through the air above Izmir in the state of the art cable cars, while watching this awesome city beneath you. At the top there are incredible views across Izmir. There are also lovely walks across the hillside nature park, where there are restaurants and barbecue areas.

No trip is complete without visiting the vast, ancient site of Ephesus. The scale and variety of the ruins are spectacular. Go early to make the most of it and invest in a guidebook or one of the official guides.

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Cesme Museum Inside a 500-year- old Ottoman castle, this museum's cool interior, and exhibited pottery, terracotta figurines and Roman coins, makes a welcome relief from the blazing sun.

Known as one of the best outdoor activities on the Izmir Peninsula, the Izmir Telerik cable car ascends slowly for a stunning mountain top view of the coastline and surrounding districts. Take a family picnic, buy snacks, or rent a BBQ to cook your own meat while enjoying the scenic green landscapes.

Commanding a fantastic panoramic view over Izmir city centre, Izmir's landmark Kadifekale castle, built by Alexander the Great is where Saint Polycarp, the 2nd-century Christian bishop was martyred. Climbing the hill on a hot summer's day is not for the fainthearted so catch a taxi up.

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