Grand Hotel Efes

Gaziosmaupasa Bulvari No.1, Pasaport, Izmir, 35210, Turkey

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Forum Posts

Finding Nejat

by deezee

I have read about a man named Nejat, who is a guide in Izmir. He is disabled and uses crutches but is highly recommended on the cruise blogs. DOes anyone know this getleman and how to contact him to reserve a tour?

Many thanks.

Re: Finding Nejat

by venoquine

Hi, post your question on the forum of , it is in french but many people speak english, travel to Izmir.Go on "forum Turquie" .I don't know this man , sorry.Many turkish from Izmir are on the forum.

Re: Finding Nejat

by deezee

Thank you venequine!

Re: Finding Nejat

by longhorns11

Nejat Incodogan is a great guide and less costly than many others and far cheaper than ripoff cruise line excursions. Tours from Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Kusadasi. No more than 12 persons and usually less per tour. Tell him Jerry Texas. Izmir and Kusadasi for Ephesus (Ephes) but I think maybe that Kusadasi is closer. Even with the cane-crutches, he moves right along. He doesn't make you stay with him. At each area, he tells you what to look for and then you go at your own pace. He has been to USA.

Travel Tips for Izmir

Go shopping, it's amazing what...

by ladybird

Go shopping, it's amazing what you can find for such a little price. It's a really great place, all the people are so friendly, (even if it is to get you in their restaurant!!!) The prices of things are so cheap it's unbelievable!!! The sun, the sea and the shops!!!

Homeland of Poet Homer

by Arkeolog

The Poet Homeros and the Meles River

Illiad and Odyssey
Although Homer never mentioned the city in his legends, all through ancient time, Smyrna, like any other city during that time, claimed Homer’s citizenship to the city and built an altar, and respected him to the point of worship. The arguments Smyrnians put forward on the subject of where Homer was born are far more realistic than the claims put forward by other cities.

Connection with Smyrna seems to be alluded to in a legend that his original name was "Melesigenes" ("born of Meles", a river which flowed by that city), and of the nymph Kretheis.

The Meles River running through Smyrna is often mentioned both in myths about the establishment of Izmir and the myths about Homer. There are illustrations of the Meles River, in a human form, worshipped as a river goddess to be seen on some Imperial period coins. A translation of a poem found in Bornova on an inscription and then brought to Halkapinar is as follows.

"I say my prayers to Meles (Goddess of River) who is my saviour and who has protected me from dangers and epidemics".

We don’t know exactly which among the rivers those run into the sea in Bayrakli and Kadifekale is the ancient Meles. As the descriptions of Aristides and some other antique authors, "Many springs outside the city flowed into this river and took the shape of a circle. This river outside the city gates was so small that one could hardly see it at first glance. It ran into the sea at this point. The river was full of fish. It ran regularly all through winter and summer.

It was possible to travel by boat up to its spring. "Near the river's spring, there were various other water springs and a cave." As it can be seen there is no river near Ýzmir that satisfies these criteria. According to scientists, the Kemer/Uzundere brook or the Halkapýnar can be two rivers that could be identified with the Meles River.

Go for skiing if your timing is correct!

by Pinat

It's a bit strange to write a skiing tip for Izmir as the city is related with sun rather than snow, or with summer rather than winter. However, if you are in Izmir between December and March and if you are really desperate to go skiing, there is a place, actually a mountain 130 km away from the center of Izmir: Bozdag.

From Izmir to Assos (Behramkale)

by MalenaN

Around Dokuz Eylül Meydani there are many bus company offices. I asked at a few before I was told Truva company had buses to Ayvacik (the Canakkale bus stops there). From the office there is a service bus to the otogar half an hour before departure. The bus ride to Ayvacik was 5 hours (it includes a lunch break).

In Ayvacik I waited 45 minutes for the next bus to Assos (Behramkale). In my guidebook it said it took 15 minutes from Ayvacik to Assos and as the bus arrives it passes a 14th century Ottoman bridge. So after 15 minutes I started to wonder were to get off the bus. We passed houses and a village, but it was not right. Finally we came to Kadirga by the sea and after that to the stone village (but not past the bridge). It took about 45 minutes. I heard later that only some buses take the shorter way.

Izmir to Ayvacik was 17 000 000 TL.
Ayvacik to Assos was 3 500 000 TL (two days later it was
2 000 000 TL the opposite way).


by WulfstanTraveller

The Alsancak area of Izmir, at the tip of the main part of the city north of Cumhurriyet Meydani, is a lively and attractive neighbourhood. It is one of the few areas still to have many attractive old Aegean houses, since the city was largely burnt to the ground when the Greeks abandoned the city in their failed attempt to conquer western Turkey after WWI. Some streets are pedestrianized and there are numerous restaurants, cafes, etc., as well as busy shops of all kinds.


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