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A providence of Turkey, Izmir is situated on the west coast and is
bordered by the Aegean Sea. As a Europeanized city, Izmir is Turkey’s
third largest metropolitan area and is a busy commercial centre.
Despite the many modern shopping centers and architectural designs, the
city is sprinkled with old mosques, churches, and city markets, adding
cultural character to the landscape.
Izmir has plenty of tourist information centers to get questions
answered from events and attractions to accommodations and dining. The
most convenient site is located in Adnan Menderes Airport, as most
visitors travel to Izmir by plane. There are also centers located
between the Hilton and Buyuk Efes hotels, and behind the must-see Clock
Accommodations & Currency
There are many wonderful lodging options in Izmir that range in
price and accommodation. Choices include budget-friendly hostels or
more upscale alternatives like the Hilton. It is easy to find lodging
that will fit everyone’s ideal preference and funds. The only
accepted currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. ATMs are available in
many parts of Izmir and currency exchange is easily accomplished. There
are also numerous public phones in the area that take both calling
cards and coin.
The Natural Landscape
Mountains pepper the landscape of Izmir making the backdrop aesthetically pleasing. Three main rivers Küçük Menderes, Koca Çay, and Bakir Çay also add a tranquil beauty. Each district within Izmir has something different to offer. For example, Kordon, facing the waterfront, has a breathtaking view and offers an area to lounge and enjoy a cup of coffee, while Alsancak, to the north, is a fantastic neighborhood to gaze at wonderfully designed Turkish homes. Many agree the homes are reminiscent to those of the Greek island Chios.
The most popular event is the International Izmir Festival beginning in June and ending in July. The festival focuses on performances of music and dance and is a superb celebration to partake in. However, there is ample entertainment and culture found anytime throughout the year, particularly with the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums, and the Izmir State Opera, Ballet, and Symphony Orchestra. There are also an abundance of historical sites considering the city has a history spanning 5,000 years. These sites include Ephesus, Agora, Kadifekale, and Fortress of Izmir.
Summer temperatures are mild due to the invigorating breezes that carry off the Aegean Sea. Because of this, the waterfront is certainly a popular area with many cafes to loiter in. There are opportunities for water activities, including boat tours and swimming in the beautiful sea.