Izmir Travel Guide

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Izmir Things to Do

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  • Beach

    I must confess that my experience in Izmir was confined to a day spent in a good hotel, about 6 Km from town, and by the beach. I got the idea that the beach was better (less windy) than the one in Cesme, where we spent a week, that's why it was hard to understand why do they need so many and so big pools, and the contrast between people in the...

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  • Karsiyaka

    Karsiyaka is one of the popular regions in Izmir. There is a pedestrian street full of shops and restaurants. You can take a walk on the seaside. You can also take the boat to Konak or Pasaport boat stations.

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  • Kordon

    Kordon is the area of restaurants and cafés near the seaside of Izmir. You can take a walk on the seaside and then enjoy food or drinks in one of the restaurants.

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Izmir Hotels

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Izmir Restaurants

  • Nice food and wine

    This restaurant belongs to Sevilen Wines Company. A beatutiful garden with horses and some other animals, green and peaceful. Just outside of Izmir, very close to the international airport. Delicious food and wines, for tasting Turkish wines where also ou can buy them from the merch. All meat dishes

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  • Best Burger Ever!

    This is one of the best burgers I have ever had. They have gigantic homemade burgers with recipes around the world. They don't have much options, I think there is only 4-5 burgers, but who needs choice when every single one of the burgers are heavenly. The bread is also homemade and very fresh. Recommended for burger lovers everywhere. Indie. It...

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  • Have a Sunday Brunch in Inciralti!

    This was a place where my bestfriends in Izmir took me and my husband before we departed for our honeymoon in 2005. It's special itself cuz it was the very first gettogether with friends as a married couple:)Patlican Cafe is in Inciralti district. Patlican is the Turkish word for aubergine actually and the cafe is given this name cuz of the...

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Izmir Nightlife

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  • Great Music, Lovely people

    Ooze Venue, located in Bornova has one of the best nightlife experiences in Izmir. Every Wednesday Friday and Saturday, two great bands perform: Kirli and Cirkef. Cirkef is especially good, their lead has an excaptionally good voice, and you just cannot stand still. Everybody is dancing and it plain good fun No dress code, just be comfortable, you...

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  • did u miss an opera?

    An old cinema since the beginning of the 20th century it holds many nice theatre performances, opera and ballets.

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  • ANATHEMA live in Izmir!

    . I found many small pubs with live music but I saw a great concert open air! The place was called Soyer Kultur Sanat Fabrikası but it seemed that no one knew about it because it was the first rock concert there! Anyway, my basic motive visiting Izmir was to see ANATHEMA live. I bought my ticket at Biletix office in Karsiyaka paying 30YTL.When...

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Izmir Transportation

  • Boats around Izmir

    During your visit in Ýzmir, you should also take a boat ride to enjoy Izmir gulf. There are regular boat trips so you won't need to wait too long. You can take some nice pictures on the boat.

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  • Airport transfer

    The most convenient way to travel from the airport to the city center or vice versa is by the metro. This travel will cost you 2 credits from kentkart (approximately 4 TL). If you would take a taxi, that would cost you around 70 TL. Depending on the metro stop you will depart, the metro ride will take about 30 to 45 minutes. If you are visiting...

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  • Izmir Kentkart

    For transportation in Izmir, you need to get Kentkart which you can use in boats, metro and buses. Tokens are not used anymore in Izmir and if you would like to use public transportation, you need to get kentkart from various outlets available in the city. You can follow the link provided below for the fares with kentkart.

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Izmir Shopping

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  • A nice place for shopping

    This is a shopping center in Izmir city where you can find almost all famous brands for clothes (Zara, Polo, ...) the most thing I like about this shopping center is that you can enjoy shopping there. Big shops, stone paved streets, coffee shops, resturants make you enjoy while being there. we arrived there around 10:00 am in the morning, and we...

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    Your description is so general that this shop may be any of the shops in Kemeralti, Ýzmir. Could you please send more details, for instance, the name of shop owner, the shop's name, etc. Why are you asking this shop? If you need anything youcan find another shops in Ýzmir.

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  • Shopping - Istanbul or Izmir

    I'd like to have a comparison between shopping in Izmir and Istanbul regarding price, quality and variety of goods, specially clothings.It will help me to plan our (me and my wife) Turkey trip in such a way that can be in the shopping city after the other!thanks

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Izmir Local Customs

  • Eating LOKMA

    Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough, that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert. When you visit Izmir and it's districts you can see people offers you Lokma. Dont be suprised accept this offer and enjoy your Lokma. (except patisseries. they sell lokma as a sweet) This is a tradition. When people have a loss (parents, friends etc) they...

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  • turkish tea

    Everyone in Turkey drinks tea day and night! I met a woman that drinks 10 glasses every day!! After two days I started to drink it too because I liked the small clear glasses that they serve it. I’ve been told that the deep red color of the tea called tavsan kany (rabbit blood!), another funny Turkish name (they like to give funny names for foods,...

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  • turkish coffee

    Turkish coffee is a typical coffee in Balkan countries, in middle east and north Africa. The preparation is to boil some finely powdered roast coffee beans in a small pot, sometimes with sugar, and serving it into a small cup (like espresso in Italy), where the dregs settle. Usually it served with cold water and a lokum. Watch out! Don’t drink it...

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Izmir Warnings and Dangers

  • Dont take taxi from airport to the...

    when you get to Izmir airpot dont take the taxi if you are not in hurry. there is a train service to the center. easy n cheap. Also there is a shuttle service called "HAVAS". You can see busses easily and get on without doubt. it will take you to Efes Hotel(close to Hilton)-karsiyaka.

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  • shopping street hustlers

    MOSTLY @ KEMERALTI and KONAK area, wich is shopping market area where you can almost find anything and CHEEP!! this area is located right behind the famoous clock tower and mostly choosen by locals for all there shopping needs.Here also you will find a lots of really good experien ced hustlers where they can almost tell where you from by looking at...

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  • Don't pet the cats or dogs!

    When in Izmir, you will see many cats roaming around, as well as dogs who enjoy sleeping everywhere and anywhere. For the most part, these are not domesticated animals, and they may only run away from you. But if you corner one, it may bite and/or scratch the hell out of you and give you some pain and discomfort. Also, the fleas on these animals...

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Izmir Tourist Traps

  • KEMERALTI

    MOSTLY @ KEMERALTI and KONAK area, wich is shopping market area where you can almost find anything and CHEEP!! this area is located right behind the famoous clock tower and mostly choosen by locals for all there shopping needs.Here also you will find a lots of really good experien ced hustlers where they can almost tell where you from by looking at...

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  • Fortress at Izmir

    These kids started out being very nice but once we didn't want to buy their bread, they became pests. The followed us everywhere in the Fortress and we couldn't get rid of them.

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  • Ladies selling their wares

    I can truthfully say that there was no where in Turkey where I was treated rudely, except here. When it was evident that we didn't want to buy anything they were very nasty to us.

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Izmir What to Pack

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    Kusadasi presents the ideal climate for sunbathing and swimming with hot weather in Summer. In winter Kusadasi enjoys a quiet atmosphere and mild climate typical of the aegean region.The Average Temperature of the Air :- January 12- April 22- July 35- October 25

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  • Packing List

    if you are going there in summer,put the thinnest t-shirts and shorts,dont forget to put your swim wear! the weather is quite hot in summer,about 35'C and in the winter,about 10-15'C,you will probably need a polar,and in the spring and autumn,just wear a light jacket on ! Study Abroad

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Izmir Off The Beaten Path

  • Nice place to go

    I stayed a week in Izmir, Turkey, with some friends in their apartment in karsiyaker. Izmir is quite a busy yet relaxing place, a beach city, pretty with plenty to see. We went to the main shopping centre outdoors, lots of European shops and some well known brands. There was a lovely tree lined walk called lovers lane with people selling jewellery...

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  • Basmane Corakkapi Mosque

    This small mosque is located near the Basmane Railway Station in the city centre and is said to have been built in 1747.

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  • Tire: Apollo Faced Marsyas and...?

    Tire, a pretty town 80 km. from Izmir center is the place where Apollo, the god of music and poetry faced the shepherd Marsyas. He asked Marsyas for a music competition. If you feel like learning the results, then you should visit my Tire pages:)Of course Tire is not only mythology. It is one of the distinct towns of Izmir because of its very own...

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Izmir Sports & Outdoors

  • Ege Barakuda

    Great place to dive with either in the bay or up the coast near Cesme.Equipment and standards very high obviously as it's a 5 star IDC centre.Last year became a National Geographic dive centre as well,so big on the enviroment.If you haven't got something the shop is packed full of everything you should need.Emphasis on mixed gas diving. They have...

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  • Go for skiing if your timing is correct!

    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.

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  • Fenerbahce was in Izmir

    Izmir has three main football clubs Goztepe and Karsiyaka are known to be the two rivals of the city and Altay is also a succesfull football team..Izmir teams are not so succesfull in the Turkish league on the recent years. There is no team from Izmir in the first division..However Fenerbahce, Istanbuls most favourite club, was in Izmir due to its...

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Izmir Favorites

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  • Homeland of Poet Homer

    The Poet Homeros and the Meles RiverIlliad and OdysseyAlthough 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...

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  • 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 IzmirHomer is said to have been born in Smyrna. A common and consistent tradition connects...

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  • Izmir general background

    Izmir also has its Greek name Smyrna. Izmir is almost 3,500 years old. It has more than 3 million people and is Turkey's third most populous city. Izmir was nearly destroyed by fire in September 1922. Izmir was badly damaged by earthquakes in 1928 and again in 1939. So it has quite a modern view now without many ancient or medieval sights. May be...

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