“It has some kind of magic, my family settled into Izmir 300 years ago, and could not leave anymore.” Lucien Arkas says. Many people are calling it “Beautiful Izmir” and this is not for nothing. They have a point and you will have a chance to understand.
1) Unique Foods
Eating is a hobby and food is culture for those who see eating more than an individual need. If you are a person who likes to try new experiences and tasting delicious food, Izmir is one of the best locations for you. With its famous “kumru”, “gevrek” and “boyoz” you will satisfy both your eyes and stomach. You can also eat delicious stuffed-mussels almost everywhere around Izmir and can drink fresh-squeezed fruit juices in Kemeraltı at very affordable prices.
2) Beautiful Beaches
İzmir is like the pearl of the Aegean Sea with its worldwide famous beaches and bays. If you are planning to visit İzmir, you have probably heard of Çeşme. With its nature and beautiful sea, it attracts more and more people every day. If you go to Çeşme, you must see “Ilıca Beach” and “Aya Yorgi Bay”. They are great to swim. If you also want to go surfing, Alaçatı may be the location for you. Foça and Urla are other options to swim if you want less crowded places than Çeşme.
3) Sightseeing Opportunities
Thanks to its geographical location, Izmir has been one of the most important places in the world throughout history. It is like the opening gate of Asia to the rest of the world. If you want to do sightseeing in İzmir you have many options. “Kemeraltı Bazaar” is like Grand Bazaar of Izmir. You can find several outfitters, artisan, craftsman, spices, food and clothes there. After you visit the bazaar, you should drink a traditional Turkish coffee or buy jewellery in the historical “Kızlarağası Inn”. Then, you may visit the beautiful Izmir bay and the famous Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower) of Izmir.
4) Entertainment Opportunities
Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey. Therefore, it hosts many events and festivals. Alaçatı Ot Festival (Herbs Fest) is the most famous festival in Izmir. People all around the world come and experience this fun event that is full of delicious taste. On the other hand, since Izmir is a very popular city, it hosts also several concerts, theatres, operas and shows. You can also travel with a local and can go to these events altogether.
5) A Historical Journey to Ephesus
Ephesus is one of the most attractive historical places in Turkey. It is in the UNESCO World Heritage List and served as a marketplace and religious centre throughout the history. Once you have landed in İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, the first thing you will do should be visiting Ephesus directly. I am sure you get excited even by looking at the pictures of this amazing place.
6) Seeing the Past through Wide Angle
Have you ever dreamed about seeing the world with bird’s-eye? Have you ever thought about how much it will be exciting? If you have not, it is time now. You can see one of the most beautiful places in the world from above. Skydiving above Ephesus would be the most extreme thing you would ever try.
7) Great Nature View
With its well-preserved nature, Izmir is a great place to landscape photography. You may visit İzmir Natural Life Park in Sasalı to see exotic animals, may go up to Teleferik or Asansör to watch İzmir above and simply can go Kordon, Alsancak to enjoy the beautiful sunset.
8) Doing Sport Has Never Been This Fun
You know what they say; take care of your body and your body will take care of you. İzmir has lots to offer for that, and you know what – they are mostly free. You can go cycling, or simply running across the city or in nature to have a good healthy life.
9) Colorful Night-Life of Alsancak
Since İzmir is located in the Aegean region of Turkey which is comprised of open-minded society and exposed tourist visits, it offers great clubbing and entertainment opportunities. You may visit Alsancak, Bornova or Karşıyaka for a great night experience. Who knows, maybe you will find your love of life there.
10) The Shelter from the end of the World
Have you heard that the Mayan Oracle which is the end of the world will come on 21 December 2012? If you have, then you may have heard about Şirince. It is basically a little town with tiny, cute streets that is well-known for its traditional village breakfast and delicious local wine tasting venue. But, what makes it important is that it was thought as a shelter from the 2012 apocalypse. During that time, it was so busy that you could not find any place to take shelter in there. Though, those days are over. You now can visit and look for what makes it this much special to protect people from the end of the world.
by Meriç P.