Cheap flights to Izmir
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.
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.
A highlight on the Izmir social scene, the Alacati festival celebrates the diversity of herbs and vegetables of the Aegean region. Along with fun activities and workshops, locals present their specialty homemade dishes for sampling and purchase. 9-10 April, http://alacatiotfestivali.com.
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.
A short drive to the outskirts of Izmir, the ancient ruins of Pergamon city (a UNESCO World Heritage site) garners fame because of its Hellenistic theatre embedded into the hillside. Founded in the 3rd century BC, other city remains are fascinating evidence of Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires.
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