Izmir is a region in Turkey which is packed with magic and mystery in which you can explore its many interesting sights. It lies in the Gulf of Izmir within the Aegean Sea so you can guarantee fantastic weather for at least 7 months of the year. On the coastal resorts of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas the summers, between May to October are very acrid, hot and dry. The summer temperatures can reach a staggering 40oC so sun protection is essential.
Izmir is Turkey’s 3rd biggest city and is steeped in history and wonder. Its architecture is astounding and the city has many fine mosques, in particular the Hisar Mosque. The Clock Tower in Konak Square is a famous tourist attraction and well worth a visit for some photographic souvenirs. The most popular resorts in the region of Izmir are Cesme, Foca, Izmir, Kusadasi and Ozdere. The ancient name for the city was originally Smyrna, but today it is more popularly known as Izmir.
There are places in Izmir that are still traditional, yet others where life is much more modern. Izmir has an amazing history, together with some splendid beaches, natural beauty, ancient sites, lakes and some fantastic landscapes.
You will be amazed by the smells and sounds as you wander around the streets of Izmir. You will take much delight in its many markets and bazaars that sell lots of oils and spices, as we said the smells are delicious. In the larger towns you will find some cosmopolitan shopping too. Izmir has plenty of shops selling all kinds of items, designer boutiques with the latest fashions, leather shops where you can buy a bargain handbag or sandals, local craft shops and much more.
Izmir is popular for its night venues with both holidaymakers and locals alike. There is a wide variety of bars, clubs and discos which provide a choice of popular music along with some traditional Turkish music and jazz music which is popular amongst the Turkish people. The town of Alsancak is a popular choice with clubbers and those looking for all night entertainment.
If you want to see something traditional like belly dancing, or something more modern like popular music, it is here. You will find a variety of nightlife available but one of the delights of visiting Turkey is to experience that authentic Turkish feel, its music and its culture.
The hospitality of the Turkish people is friendly; they can’t do enough to help you. The restaurants serve an amazing mix of traditional Turkish food to something a little more international.
A holiday in Izmir will provide you with historical sights, fantastic scenery, thrills, excitement, water sports, diving, snorkelling, golf, mountain walks and some of the world’s finest beaches. There is heaps to do for families and couples alike. You can find a variety of budget, low cost and value for money hotels which won’t break your budget.
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