Izmir Travel Guide

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Bostanlı mini harbor

Bostanlı mini harbor

Ahmet Celikors

"Beautiful Izmir" -- the "Pearl of the Aegean" -- is Turkey's third largest city and second most important port. A city of palm-lined promenades, avenues and green parks set in sweeping curves along a circular bay, Izmir has an exceptionally mild climate and many fine hotels.

The city is a busy commercial and industrial center as well as the gateway to the Aegean Region. Turkey's Aegean shores are among the loveliest landscapes in the country. The magnificent coastline, lapped by the clear water of the Aegean Sea, abounds in vast and pristine beaches surrounded by olive groves, rocky crags and pine woods. Dotted with idyllic fishing harbors, popular holiday villages, and the remains of ancient civilizations, this region offers an exceptionally attractive venue for meetings, incentives and conferences. Izmir is also a good starting point to explore the many sights in the region. The city itself is of course absolutely worth a visit. Konak Square and Konak street are the best points to start your visit. The famous clocktower, symbol of the city, is on Konak as is the Asansor - the elevator used to transport goods from the harbour to the Halil Rifat quarter.

While you are in the area make sure to visit Urla, Çeşme and Seferihisar which has lots of historcial sites nearby. The best view in Izmir watch the sun set at the top of the Kadifekale East of the city at  250m high top, over looking to Aegean sea. Also 20km west of  Konak square at Balçova, take a tour to the mountain by a cable railway and enjoy the view from the forest and eat lunch or dinner.

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June 27, 2006 change by sezgin aytuna (3 points)

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