I visited Izmir in November 2023.

Nestled along the azure shores of the Aegean Sea, Izmir emerges as a jewel in Turkiye’s diverse travel landscape. This vibrant city, with its rich history, lively culture, and modern allure, offers a captivating experience for those seeking a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary dynamism.

Izmir’s historical tapestry unfolds through the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, a short journey from the city center. The well-preserved Library of Celsus and the Grand Theater stand as a testament to Ephesus’ former glory, transporting visitors back to the days of the Roman Empire. Closer to the heart of Izmir, the ancient Agora and Kadifekale Castle echo with the whispers of civilizations that have left their mark on this coastal haven.

Beyond its historical treasures, Izmir boasts a vibrant waterfront, where the Kordon promenade invites locals and visitors alike to stroll along the seafront, savoring the refreshing breeze and panoramic views. The iconic Clock Tower, standing proudly in Konak Square, serves as a symbol of Izmir’s resilience and modern spirit, having withstood the test of time.

Izmir’s dynamic culture is on full display in the bustling bazaars and markets. The Kemeralt─▒ Bazaar, a labyrinthine network of narrow alleys, beckons with the aroma of spices, the vibrant hues of textiles, and the allure of local crafts. It’s a sensory journey through the heart of the city’s traditions, where old-world charm meets the contemporary pulse of urban life. Please click HERE for video clips of Izmir.

Flying over Izmir

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