Smyrna and Homer
Smyrna was built on the slopes of Pagos (present-day Kadifekale). Its remains are located within the urban zone of Izmir. Old Smyrna was located on a small peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus at the northeastern corner of the inner Gulf of Izmir
Homer is said to have been born in Smyrna. A common and consistent tradition connects Homer with the valley of Smyrna and the banks of the Meles River.
You can watch my 4 min 15 sec Video clip Izmir Konak Slide-show with Turkish pop music by Ebru Gundes - Telafi.
Karsiyaka.. The Otherside..
Karsiyaka reminds me of Bakirkoy district in Istanbul.. I could choose a better picture to reflect Karsiyakas beauty, but this is how I remember Karsiyaka..
When you get out from the ferry just cross the street and now you are here.. In the middle of Karsiyaka.. This busy pedestrian street always crowded, day and night.. From here you can go side places of Karsiyaka, From here you can lead to shops, From here you can lead to eataways.. And many more places.. And this is Karsiyaka how I remember..
Foreigners can only hunt in parties organised by Turkish travel agencies that have been authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. These agencies provide all the information concerning seasons, authorised zones, permits, weapons and ammunition. A list of agencies can be obtained from the Union of Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
For more information, contact:
- Forest Ministry, National Parks and Wildlife General Directorate, Gazi Tesisleri No 11, Gazi, Ankara.
Tel: (312) 221 17 69 / 212 63 00 Fax: 222 5140
-Youth and Sport General Directorate, Hunting and Marksman Federation
Ulus Ýshaný A Blok 4 Kat No 404, Ulus, Ankara.
Tel: (312) 310 6160/310 3960. Fax: 310 6160
Around Izmir there are wild boar, especially near Cesme and the Karaburun peninsula, and wild goats. Visitors to check which animals are forbidden to be hunted.
Mountaineering, which is developed recently among youths and students in Ýzmir region, is dealt and improved as a sport. Balçova Hill and Mount Yamanlar, where Balçova cable railway is present, are the places where mount sports are performed as amateur. Beyond this, Madran Mountains, which at the north part of the mountain chains, which are steeply descending to Ýzmir bay, are serving very adequate possibilities in connection with mountaineering with 2000 meters exceeding height.
Youth Tourism There are forestry and youth camps in Ýzmir, where youth can benefit from.
Ýzmir Tourism Training Center
Ýzmir Forestry Camps
Ýzmir Youth Camps Skiing Center
There is a natural ski run at the north base of the Bozdag mountain, and the Ski Centre based here is only 90 minutes from Izmir. It is famous for being the highest point and lowest humidity in the Aegean, making it a popular resort for winter sports and for escaping the summer heat. It has a ski school, plus 22 tourist bungalows, 12 hotel rooms, a restaurant, café, bar, shopping centre and health services.
Bozdað Skiing Facility
Ornithology Kücük Menderes Basýn, in which Ýzmir is situated, has two significant areas for bird watching; Lake Ildýr and Kucuk Menderes Delta.
Küçük Menderes Basin Bird Areas
Water sports Bays of Ýzmir have appropriate points for diving.
How to move around
If you don’t know Turkish you will probably get lost inside the city, it’s difficult to find your orientation outside of Kordon. The bus network is really strange and slow, so I suggest to stroll around the center if you are here just as a daytrip.
The metro line is very simple but at least will take you to Bornova district. The stations are: 1) Üçyol, 2) Konak, 3) Çankaya, 4) Basmane, 5) Hilal, 6) Halkapınar, 7) Stadyum, 8) Sanayi, 9) Bölge, 10) Bornova.
Of course you can also use the dolmush the famous Turkish mini buses that go to many destinations but they do so many stops that the journey will take much longer than a regular bus sometimes.
But don’t be afraid, the basic attractions are in the center of Izmir.
Konak Square is home to...
Konak Square is home to Belediye, or Town Hall, an imposing modern bulding from which today's business takes place. Just behind lies Ataturk Caddesi, a broad seafront promenade that stretches 2 miles along the bay and offers a stunning view of the gulf.