One of the largest cities in Turkey, the ancient city of Izmir should not be missed by anyone traveling to this part of the world. The city is accessible by train, plane, or by boat from Istanbul, so getting in is just a matter of preference.
The city of Izmir was once known as the ancient city of Smyrna, and the The Agora of Smyrna
is where one can find all of the ancient ruins of Smyrna. The city is more than five thousand years old, but a major fire in the 1920s has managed to destroy a great deal of the ruins and artifacts from this city, although what little remains is still incredibly impressive.
Of course, one of the most iconic destinations for any visitor to Izmir is Kemeralti Bazaar at Kizlaragasi Han
. This market has been around since the 1500s, and is one of the most popular landmarks in the city, and should not be missed by anyone interested in the bazaar shopping experience that is synonymous with a visit to Turkey. People have been shopping for jewels and carpets at this market for centuries, and today it is mostly an attraction for tourists, although locals still peruse the wares for unique and authentic pieces. In the same area as this famous bazaar is of course the Konack Square Clock Tower
, one of the most recognized landmarks of this city.
There’s a lot more to see and do in Izmir, and the best way to discover what else this city has to offer in terms of attractions, landmarks, and hotels is by exploring the interactive map on this page.