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İzmir is a port on the Central Aegean coast of Turkey, known in antiquity as Smyrna. It's the country's third-largest city, with a population of 3.12 million in 2024.



Clocktower in Konak Square

There are lots of little coves and harbours along Turkey's Aegean coast, but ancient Smyrna stood at the head of a broad inlet sheltered from winter storms, with a fertile hinterland and good inland trade routes. It suffered earthquakes and warfare, but didn't silt up and could accommodate large vessels. Thus it outgrew other ports and is now the modern bustling city of Izmir.

This Smyrna was 5 km north of the present centre, in what is now the suburb of Bayraklı, and founded about 3000 BC by the Trojans. In folklore it was the birthplace of Homer, the 8th century BC author of the Odyssey, which describes a war between Greeks and Trojans 500 years earlier. No-one really knows where Homer lived, but a major harbour city is as good a guess as any. By his day Smyrna was settled by the Aeolians from mainland Greece, who were superseded by another Greek tribe the Ionians. The Lydians destroyed the city around 600 BC before a recovery under Alexander the Great from 334 BC.

Alexander’s successors re-built Smyrna on and below Mount Pagos, nowadays Kadifekale, and the city then prospered under the Romans. It was wrecked by an earthquake in 178 AD but again rebuilt into a major commercial port. After the Byzantines, the city had a turbulent time under the Arabs, Seljuks, Crusaders and Mongols, until Mehmet I incorporated it into the Ottoman Empire in 1415. Under Suleyman the Magnificent, Smyrna became a thriving city and a huge trading centre, in spite of frequent earthquakes. It was cosmopolitan, with a majority of Greek Orthodox plus many Jews, Armenians, Muslims, Italians and French, each injecting their own culture, language and cuisine.

The battlefronts of World War I lay elsewhere in Turkey, and the city remained multicultural. This was not for want of trying by the Ottoman rulers, who in 1915 set about a systematic extermination of the Armenians, and the word "genocide" was first coined to describe this. Meanwhile the Allies promised control over Smyrna both to Italy and to Greece as a reward for joining their side. When the guns fell silent and the Ottomans were defeated, it was Greece that had control over a large swathe of territory along the Aegean coast. But Greece aspired to much more, and marched on Ankara; they got within 100 km before being checked then repulsed by the Turks under Kemal Atatürk, in what became the War of Turkish Independence. His forces took Izmir on 9 September 1922 and this is celebrated as the date of the city's independence, but liberation soon degenerated into massacre of non-Turks. Ethnic minority property was torched, and on the 13th this escalated into a huge fire that claimed over 100,000 lives and destroyed much of the city.

The new reality on the ground necessitated a new peace deal, and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne restored the mainland including Smyrna to Turkey, while Greece retained most of the islands. There was compulsory re-settlement of minorities, so the Greeks were deported to Greece, while Turks in Greece (especially around Thessaloniki, Atatürk's own birthplace) were deported to Turkey. Surviving Armenians fled to Beirut and Egypt. This ended the multicultural nature of the city and of the whole country.


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Izmir has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and rainless yet humid, so July and August highs of 30-35°C feel more like 40°C.

Winters are mild to cool, around 14-18°C with occasional downpours. Freezing snaps occur on clear, windless nights but without snowfall, and occasional snow flurries don't linger.

Spring and fall are warm and pleasant and generally the best time to visit. Beach holidays are best in fall, as the sea temperature lags a month or so behind the land, and is a balmy 20°C in September and October.

Get in[edit]

See also: Istanbul to Izmir

By plane[edit]

1 Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB  IATA) (off D550, 16 km south of city centre), +90 232 455 0000. This has frequent flights from Istanbul IST and SAW, Ankara and Antalya, and daily from several other Turkish cities plus Ercan in Northern Cyprus. There are also flights from Athens, Frankfurt and across Europe. Operators include Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Ajet (formerly known as Anadolujet) and SunExpress (which has a hub here) so this competition keeps fares low. The airport has the usual facilities including car hire. İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport (Q504382) on Wikidata Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport on Wikipedia

To town:

  • İzban suburban trains run every 10 mins to Alsancak Station north of city centre. Change at Hilal for the metro downtown - this station and its surroundings are messy and not easy to navigate. You need an İzmirimkart (below) for the train and subway.
  • ESHOT bus 202 runs hourly round the clock to Republic Square, taking most of an hour. You need the İzmirimkart to ride it.
Bus 200 runs north to Mavişehir, Bus 204 runs to Bornova metro station, and Bus 206 goes to Şirinyer Aktarma in the southern district of Buca.
  • HAVAŞ buses here are similar to the other airports they serve: their website oozes corporate guff about transport solutions, and is too cool to publish timetables or fares.

By train[edit]

Izmir is not yet on Turkey's high-speed YHT network, so trains are a ponderous overnight affair, when daytime buses cover the distance in half the time. A high-speed railway is under construction and might open by 2027, though 2207 seems just as likely. Until then, the main services (all daily) are:

  • İzmir Mavi ("Izmir Blue Train"), 14 hrs overnight from Ankara via Eskişehir (which has YHT trains, but not at night) and Kütahya, departing around 18:00.
  • Konya Mavi ("Konya Blue Train"), 12 hrs overnight from Konya (which has YHT trains, and connections for Adana and Antalya), via Afyon and Manisa, departing around 19:30.
  • Ege Ekspressi, 9½ hours daily from Kutahya via Tavsanli, Balıkesir, Soma, Akhisar and Manisa, departing around 09:30 and returning north at 06:30.
  • Göller Ekspresi ("Lakes Express"), 8 hrs overnight from Isparta via Denizli (for Pamukkale), Nazilli, Aydin and Selcuk (for Ephesus and Kuşadası), departing around 22:00.
  • 6 Eylül Ekspresi ("6th of September Express"), 6½ hr daily from Bandırma (with ferries from Istanbul) via Balıkesir and Soma, departing around 08:00.

Buy tickets at the station, or in theory online, but the TCDD website has been broken for many months.

2 Basmane railway station (Basmane Garı), Anafartalar Cd. Terminus for all long-distance trains. Few facilities here, but there are eating places just outside. It's on the Metro. Basmane railway station (Q2887254) on Wikidata Basmane railway station on Wikipedia

By boat[edit]

"We then sailed on up the narrow strait with wailing. For on one side lay Scylla and on the other divine Charybdis terribly sucked down the salt water of the sea."
- Homer's Odyssey Book 12 Line 234
- Sail close to Scylla, she devours six of your crew for sure but the rest get through. Charybdis may let you through or suck down the entire ship. Which do you choose?

As of 2024 there are no ferries to Izmir beyond local services round the bay; no blame attaches to Scylla or Charybdis. See Çeşme#By boat for the ferry from Chios.

  • 3 Alsancak Ferry Terminal (Alsancak Vapur İskelesi). Alsancak Ferry Terminal (Q55808401) on Wikidata Alsancak Ferry Terminal on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

Buses from Istanbul run hourly round the clock, taking 8 hours, for a fare in 2024 of 1100 TL. They may call on the way at Gebze, Bursa, Balıkesir and Manisa.

From Ankara buses also run hourly, taking 8 hours via Afyon, Uşak and Salihli (for Sardis). From Adana takes 14 hours via Konya.

Bus lines include Metro Turizm, Pamukkale and Flixbus.

4 Otobüs Terminali, Kemalpaşa Cd, Bornova, +90 232 472 1010. The inter-city bus station is 6 km east of city centre. It's huge and has cafes for food and drink, pay toilets, left luggage store and car hire. All the bus lines have ticket kiosks; when a bus is about to depart, the agents will shout a last call for that destination. A dolmuş ride downtown should be included in your inter-city ticket, enquire when buying. Several town bus and dolmuş routes call here and you could take one to Bornova to join the metro. İzmir Coach Terminal (Q54165725) on Wikidata İzmir Coach Terminal on Wikipedia

By road[edit]

From Istanbul follow O-5 toll motorway all the way. It's 480 km, say 5½ hours allowing for traffic at each end.

From Ankara is 590 km, eight hours along E96 via Afyon and Uşak.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

You can explore Izmir's inner city by walking.

By bus[edit]

ESHOT is the city transport combine. Its bus routes span this region, all the way for instance to Bergama.

İzmirim Kart is the contactless smart card used for all modes of public transport, available from multiple locations including the airport, ferry piers, and railway and metro stations. Each use is valid for 90 min, including one interchange on tram, train and metro but not buses. In 2024 a city centre bus journey costs 8.78 TL then a first transfer is 3.50 TL. On trains it initially charges the fare for the maximum possible distance but refunds when you swipe out.

By train[edit]

City trains, metro and trams

IZBAN railway (shown in green) runs north-south:

  • South Line runs from Tepeköy (for Torbali) in the south via the airport and Menderes town to Hilal (for Metro) and Alsancak (for trams, city ferries and the North Line).
  • South Line Extension runs from Tepeköy to Selçuk, for Ephesus.
  • North Line runs from Alsancak to Turan, Mavişehir (for trams), Çiğli, Menemen and Aliağa (for connections to Foça and Bergama).

5 Alsancak railway station Alsancak railway station on Wikipedia on Şehitler Cd is terminus for the IZBAN railway, and has trams. No Metro or mainline trains run here.

Metro (shown in blue) runs east-west, from Bornova to the east via Halkapinar interchange (for trams and North Line), Hilal (for South Line), Basmane (for mainline trains) and Konak to Fahrettin Altay (for Göztepe and Balçova town).

Trams (shown in red) have two separate loops:

  • City centre and south shore: from Halkapinar interchange to Alsancak, Konak, Göztepe and Fahrettin Altay.
  • North shore: from Alaybay to Bostanli, Atakent and Mavişehir.

All three rail systems have extensions under construction or in planning.

By boat[edit]

Izdeniz Ferries criss-cross the city inlet, a cheap, fast and pleasant form of transport.

By taxi[edit]

There are many taxis with reasonable prices and no night rate. Turkish taxis are not allowed to go outside province they are registered at. Meaning an Izmir-registered taxi (registration starting in 35) cannot go beyond Izmir provincial boundaries.


Hisar Mosque
  • 1 Konak Square Konak Square on Wikipedia is the city's main square and gives its name to the central district. Konak means a mansion, and the provincial governor's mansion stood here. The clocktower (Saat Kulesi), erected in 1901, was one of dozens across the country marking 25 years of the reign of Abdul Hamid II (1842-1918). Neither clocktower nor Hamid fared well in later years, but at least the clocktower has been repeatedly restored, while the Ottoman Empire decayed into "the sick man of Europe". Hamid was deposed in 1909 to spent his last years under house arrest, with no escape from the recriminations of his wives and consorts, who numbered almost as many as his commemorative clocktowers.
  • Konak Mosque is a dinky little mosque within the square. It's octagonal, built in 1755 and decorated with Kütahya tiles, with a single entrance for both men and women.
  • 2 Salepçioğlu Mosque was built in 1905. It's named for the fellow who endowed it, an Islamic judge.
  • 3 Izmir Archaeological Museum, Halil Rifat Paşa Cd 4, Bahribaba Parkı, +90 232 483 7254. Daily 08:30-17:30. Displays a large collection of finds from Smyrna and other Ionian cities, mostly Roman. There's also a numismatic section with ancient coins and jewellery. Adult 90 TL. İzmir Archaeological Museum (Q6102069) on Wikidata İzmir Archaeological Museum on Wikipedia
  • Toy Museum is at Birleşmiş Milletler Cd 8, 100 m west of the Archaeological Museum. It's open Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00.
  • 4 Asansör (Elevator), Şehit Nihatbey Cd, +90 232 293 4780. Daily 06:00-00:00. This lift was constructed in 1907 by Nesim Levi Bayrakoğlu, a Jewish businessman, to carry people and goods between Karataş waterfront and the properties on the hill. It has two cars each taking about ten people on a 58 m lift, and originally was water-powered; from 1985 both are electric. The restaurant at the top has a bird-eye view of Izmir. The street at its base is also known as Darío Moreno Sk for the singer who once lived there, David Arugete (1921-1968). It's tragic that, having dwelt so long by a free lift, he died young in a strop when he came late to an airport boarding gate and was denied boarding. Free. Asansör (Q4803558) on Wikidata Asansör on Wikipedia
  • 5 Hisar Mosque was built in the 1590s and is a striking example of Islamic architecture.
  • Şadırvanaltı Mosque 100 m east on 892nd Sk was built in 1636.
  • Başdurak Mosque was built in 1652. It's on 873rd Sk within Kemeraltı Bazaar.
  • Kemeraltı Mosque on the west side of the Bazaar was built in 1671.
  • Bazaars: see "Buy" for Kemeraltı and Kızlarağası Hanı next to Hisar Mosque.
Smyrna Agora
  • 6 Smyrna Agora, Tarık Sarı Sk 29, +90 232 489 0796. Daily 08:30-17:30. Ruins of the marketplace of Hellenistic and Roman Smyrna. Adult 200 TL.
  • Women's Museum displays the lives and achievements of Anatolian women. It's at 1298th Sk 14 near Basmane station, open Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00, free.
  • Atatürk Monument is the centrepiece of Cumhuriyet Meydanı, Republic Square, in front of the Swissôtel. It was erected in 1932; the great man lived to 1938. "Orduların, ilk hedefiniz Akdeniz'dir. İleri!" are his stirring words on the base: “Armies, your first target is the Mediterranean Sea. Forward!”. With only 60 m further to go, this is an easier objective than when he uttered those words in 1922, with the Greeks at the zenith of their advance and the backs of the Turks against the threshold of Ankara.
  • 7 Atatürk Museum, Atatürk Cd 248, +90 232 464 8085. Daily 08:30-17:00. Neo-classical mansion with rooms used by Atatürk. Free.
  • Mask Museum displays 50 masks from around the world. It's at 1448th Sk 22 a block east of Atatürk Museum, open Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00, free.
  • 8 History and Art Museum, Kültür Park Fuar Alanı, +90 232 489 0796. Mostly Hellenistic statues, ceramics and coins. Adult 400 TL.
  • Railway Museum, Atatürk Cd 446 (at Alsancak Station), +90 232 464 3131. Tu-Su 09:00-17:00. Exhibits of Turkish railways; you'll find the door locked, just ring to be let in. Parts of the network are fast and modern, but TCDD the state railway company itself belongs in a museum. Free.
  • Alsancak (also called Punta or Reşadiye) is the district west of the History Museum and Alsancak Station, a grid of small streets with lots of cafes and bars in old Greek houses.
  • 9 Radio and Democracy Museum, 967th Sk 16, +90 232 484 5300. Tu-Sa 09:00-17:00. Showing the days when public information was gathered by clustering around the radio.
  • 10 Church of St Vukolos, 1281st Sk 11. M-F 08:00-17:30. Former Greek Orthodox church, now used as a cultural centre.
  • 11 Kadifekale. 24 hours. Around 330 BC during the reign of Alexander the Great, the population moved off the cramped site now known as "Old Smyrna", to fortify this hilltop. The present walls are medieval and have mostly obliterated earlier structures, though you can still see the Roman cisterns that supplied the city's water. Free. Kadifekale (Q4810717) on Wikidata Kadifekale on Wikipedia
  • 12 Ancient Smyrna (Eski Smyrna), Prof. Ekrem Akurgal Cd 95, Bayraklı, +90 232 341 5031. Temporarily closed. The ruins of the very first Smyrna.

Further out[edit]

  • 13 Teleferik, Sakarya Cd 127, +90 232 433 5155. Built in 1977, this gondola lifts you 423 m up the hill just south. There are restaurants, cafes and gift shops at the top. Return ride 20 TL.
  • 14 Izmir Bird Paradise (Kuş Cenneti), Tuzla (32 km northwest of centre). 24 Hours. Birdwatching park in the salt marshes of Gediz Delta, one of Turkey's largest coastal wetlands. It's partly artificial, as the Gediz was diverted here to reduce silting of the port. Over 250 bird species, most popular are the flamingos. You have to leave your car at the parking lot, bring a bike if you want to explore further in. İzmir Bird Paradise (Q6043373) on Wikidata
  • Izmir Zoo is next to the bird reserve, open daily 09:00-18:30.
  • 15 Key Museum, Özgörkey Cd, Torbalı, +90 232 850 3535. W-Su 10:00-17:00. Large collection of antique cars and motorbikes. Adult 200 TL, conc 100 TL.


Asansör top deck
"I know the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
- Smryna was one of the Seven Churches of Asia, and in Revelation 2, St John of Patmos flays them all for back-sliding and laxity.
  • Kordon is what everyone calls the waterfront promenade of Atatürk Cd. It's lined by tall apartments and palm trees on one side and the Aegean on the other, with a broad strip of lawn and a cobbled street between, where you can have a 19th-century fayton (horse-drawn carriage) ride.
  • Beaches: not downtown, which has a pleasant waterfront but not a beach. You need to get 20+ km west to the suburb of Güzelbahçe, and the coast improves further west towards Çeşme. North of the city is muddy lagoons or inaccessible cliffs, with the nearest resort at Foça.
  • Football: Göztepe SK play soccer in TFF First League, the second tier. Their home ground Gürsel Aksel Stadium (capacity 19,700 all-seater) is 5 km west of city centre.
Altay SK also play in TFF First League, but in 2023/24 are clinging on by their fingertips. Their Mustafa Denizli Stadium (capacity 15,000) is just east of Alsancak Station; it was rebuilt in 2021 when earthquake damage left the original of 1929 teetering.
Izmirspor were founded in 1923 and have played in the top tier but now languish down in the amateur leagues.


  • Kemeraltı is the atmospheric main bazaar, in the streets east of Konak Square. It's open M-Sa 08:00-19:00.
  • Kızlarağası Han next to Hisar Mosque was a caravanserai built in 1745 and now housing shops.
  • AVM is the Turkish term for a shopping centre - alışveriş merkezi. Those in city centre include Konak Pier, and Kemer Plaza and Hesapli within Kemeraltı.


Mosque in Konak Square
Local specialties:
  • Fish, typically grilled sea bass.
  • Kumru is a warm sandwich, made with a special bread with sesame seeds, Turkish sausage, grilled cheese and tomatoes; vegetarian versions are available. Find it at street stalls, best early in the day still warm from the bakery. One is a snack, two are a filling meal.
  • Tulum Peyniri is a cheese made in the Izmir region.
  • Boyoz, another local pastry but much oilier than kumru, to eat with a cup of tea for breakfast.


The alleys off Talatpaşa Blv east of the Atatürk Museum are lined with budget eating places.
  • 1 Sultan Yemek Evi, 1441st Sk 9/B, +90 232 422 2530. M-Sa 08:00-18:00. Reliable budget eatery.
  • Alsancak Pide, 1440th Sk 11 (next to Sultan Yemek), +90 232 463 9166. M-Sa 10:00-20:30. Simple cafe for pizza and similar.
  • Köfteci Okan, Dr Faik Muhittin Adam Cd 38 (50 m west of Salepçioğlu Mosque), +90 232 441 8201. M-Sa 10:30-19:30. Kofta restaurant, no better than okay.
  • Çarşı Balık, 871st Sk (just north of Başdurak Mosque), +90 507 462 4883. Daily 09:30-20:00. Good place for fish and shellfish.
  • 2 Piraye Ev Yemekleri, 851st Sk 6B, +90 554 574 2389. M-Sa 07:00-17:00. Friendly inexpensive cafe with home-style cooking.
  • 3 Köfteci Murat, 927th Sk 4, +90 232 489 6674. M-Sa 11:00-20:00. Serving good filling meatballs.


  • 4 Komposto, 861st Sk 46, +90 232 483 2183. M-F 11:30-16:00. Bright modern place for Turkish and Aegean cuisine, with vegetarian options.
  • 5 Ayşa, Anafartalar Cd 224. M-Sa 09:00-18:00. Good Bosnian / Montenegro cuisine with veggie options.
  • Yaşam Vegan Cafe, 1484th Sk 8 (block west of Titan Hostel), +90 534 033 0372. Tu-Sa 12:00-21:30. Good vegan choices in this meat-oriented city.
  • 6 Manisalı Birtat, Kıbrıs Şehitleri Cd 82, +90 232 421 6864. M-Sa 11:30-23:00, Su 11:30-22:00. The specialty is Manisa kebab, lightly seasoned skewered meat drenched in yoghurt and tomato sauce.
  • 7 Topçu, Vali Kazım Dirik Cd 3/B, +90 232 4844 6261. Daily 08:00-01:30. Reliable restaurant for Turkish and Med food. Try their Çöp Şiş kebab, which translates as "made of any old rubbish".


Wicked cars in Key Museum
  • Veli Usta have two seafood restaurants 100 m north of Cumhuriyet Meydanı: at Cumhuriyet Blv 131 and at Atatürk Cd 182, both open daily 12:00-23:00. When they're good they're very good, but at these prices they need to be more consistent.
  • 8 Tavacı Recep Usta Alsancak, Atatürk Cd 364, +90 232 463 8797. Daily 11:30-23:30. Pricey but quality food.
  • Yengec next to Alsancak pier is an overpriced tourist trap.
  • BigChefs Alsancak, Atatürk Cd 172 (opposite Swissotel and Movenpick), +90 232 421 5814. Daily 10:00-23:00. Upscale dining on the waterfront.
  • 9 Soirée, Atatürk Cd 19, +90 232 425 7000. Daily 09:00-01:00. Pleasant fish restaurant on Konak pier.


  • Kordon, Alsancak's waterfront, is an attractive place in nice weather.
  • 1448th Sk in Alsancak has end-to-end bars and pubs, with outdoor seating.
  • Nightlife is found on Kıbrıs Şehitleri Cd and Gazi Kadinlar Cd, especially at weekends.



  • Alican is a basic place north side of Basmane station, 1268th Sk 12.
  • Imperial Otel is at 1296th Sk 54, 50 m SW of Basmane station. It's tatty but clean.
  • Hotel Baylan, 1299th Sk 8 (100 m SW of Basmane station), +90 232 483 0152. Basic central place, okay for a short stay. B&B double 1500 TL.
  • Hotel Oba is at 1369th Sk 27, 200 m west of Basmane station. It's basic but cleaner than most.
  • 1 Shantihome Hostel, 1464th Sk 15, +90 546 235 0805. Bright friendly hostel, central for sights.
  • 2 Titan House Hostel, Yüzbaşışerafettin Bey Sk 40, +90 532 749 0721. Friendly central hostel.
  • 3 Mithras Hotel, 1472nd Sk 4, +90 232 464 1414. Clean and comfy, some street noise. B&B double 2000 TL.
  • 4 Piano Hotel Izmir, 1364th Sk 11, +90 553 920 1029. Clean and central, tiny rooms with poor sound-proofing and a cigarette pong. B&B double 3000 TL.
  • Ibis Izmir Alsancak, Atatürk Cd 410 (facing Alsancak station), +90 232 414 7000. Pleasant budget chain, rooms are small but clean. B&B double 2500 TL.


"Your first target is the Mediterranean!" he cried
  • Karaca Hotel, Şevket Özçelik Sk 55 (behind Swissotel), +90 530 939 1312. Acceptable for what you pay. B&B double 4000 TL.
  • 5 Doubletree by Hilton, 1373rd Sk 5, +90 232 402 0202. Small rooms, usually clean, central. B&B double 4000 TL.
  • 6 Renaissance Izmir Hotel, Gazi Osman Paşa Blv 16, +90 232 497 7777. A futuristic-looking hotel 500 m from the waterfront. Comfy and friendly, main drawback is the tobacco stench. B&B double 6000 TL.
  • 7 Lagora Old Town Hotel, Havra Sk 302, +90 232 425 0205. Charming place in the bazaar, but live music in the atrium dins in all the rooms until midnight. B&B double 2500 TL.
  • 8 Izmir Palas Otel, Vasıf Çınar Blv 2, +90 232 465 0030. Boxy seafront hotel, cigarette smell and street noise. B&B double 4000 TL.
  • 9 Ege Palas, Cumhuriyet Blv 210, +90 232 463 9090. Clean and efficient, great views from the upper rooms. B&B double 5000 TL.


  • 10 Key Hotel, Atatürk Cd 36, +90 232 482 1111. Slick waterfront hotel with restaurant and gym. B&B double 6000 TL.
  • 11 Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir, Gazi Osman Paşa Blv 1, +90 232 414 0000. Great scores for comfort, service and location at this swish waterfront hotel. B&B double 4000 TL.
  • 12 Movenpick, Cumhuriyet Blv 138, Pasaport, +90 232 488 1414. Central business hotel with pool, restaurant and gym, cleanliness erratic for this price range. B&B double 3500 TL.
  • 13 Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek, İnciraltı Cd 67 (within Ozdilek shopping centre), +90 232 292 1300. Smart clean business hotel, some rooms have sea view. 10 km west of town so you need your own wheels or take taxis. B&B double 3000 TL.



Stay safe[edit]

Homer may have lived in Smyrna

Usual care of valuables, and beware traffic. There's a police post on Konak Pier and the HQ - for something serious like a missing passport - is on 1365th Sk near Basmane Station. There's no longer a separate "tourism police".


Izmir and its approach highways have 4G from all Turkish carriers. As of April 2024, 5G has not rolled out in Turkey.

Go next[edit]

  • Çeşme is a small harbour half an hour's drive west of Izmir. It has ferries to Chios.
  • Selçuk a few hours to the south has many historical sights, and is the hub for reaching the must-see Roman city of Ephesus.
  • Şirince is a pleasant inland village, renowned for its wines.
  • Tire an hour away is a traditional Aegean town with a large open-air market. Ödemiş is another traditional town; Birgi further east is one of the prettiest in the country.
  • Kemalpaşa 30 km east was the summer capital of the Empire of Nicaea, and has the ruined Laskaris Palace.
  • Manisa northeast over Sabuncubeli Pass is the hub for visiting Sardes, the capital of ancient Lydia, and Mount Sipylus with forest scenery and mythological sites.
  • Bergama north has the ruins of Pergamon, among the top sights in the country.
  • Istanbul to Izmir is a network of itineraries over this culturally rich part of Turkey.

Routes through Izmir
BursaManisa  N  S  AlaçatıÇeşme
ÇanakkaleBergama  N  S  SelçukDenizli
ÇeşmeAlaçatı  W  E  SardisAfyonkarahisar
Merges with  N  S  SelçukMuğla

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