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Holidays to Izmir
At first glance, Izmir may seem like just another bustling modern city, but spend some time strolling the streets and you will soon see what makes Turkey’s third largest city such an attractive holiday destination. Wide sun dappled streets house small shops, and alluring cafes and restaurants, ancient ruins reveal the city’s rich history, and there are plenty of opportunities for day trips. You could spend weeks here shopping, sightseeing, eating well, and exploring the Anatolian coast.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Izmir
Izmir is ideal for history buffs, as there are plenty of historic sights in and around the city. The Agora of Smyrna is an open air museum where visitors can stroll through the ruins of the original Roman city. The neighbourhood of Alsancak is awash in picturesque houses from the Ottoman era, and the medieval castle of Kadifekale is a fascinating place to visit for its well preserved walls, watch towers, and Roman cisterns, and its sweeping views over the city and bay.
Visitors on a holiday to Izmir who want to get outside and enjoy the coast will find many beaches and small villages just a short drive away. Cesme is renowned for its high quality Blue Flag standard beaches where you can sunbathe on golden sands and swim and swim in the warm blue waters of the sea. If you want to see the coast from a different angle, head to Foca, where you can charter a boat to sail up and down the coast.
Izmir also offers much in the way of food and drink for travellers of all tastes. The waterfront of Alsancak is a great place to sample Turkish cuisine, as you can find many cheerful restaurants that serve up aromatic coffee, shish kebabs, fresh fish, pastries, and kumru, a special sandwich only found in Izmir made with sausage, cheese, and tomatoes. For those looking for some after-dark action, head to Gazi Kadinlar Street for its many bars and nightclubs.
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