Izmir Vacations

Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, is the site of the ancient city of Smyrna and the birthplace of Homer. Your Izmir Odyssey is likely to feel much more modern, however, as the glass fronted buildings, up-to-the-minute shopping centers, and bustling boulevards attest. Most of this 5000-year-old city’s historic buildings were destroyed in a blazing ... Read more
fire in the 1920s, so gazing up at the mountainous backdrop, out at the bay, or losing yourself in the 18th century bazaar are all ways to find a bit of Mid-East mystique. Munch on a typical warm kumru sandwich with cheese, sausage and tomato pressed between chunks of sesame bread while strolling down the Kordon -- a new waterfront promenade with restaurants and cafes -- and you’ll hear the sirens of modern Izmir, to be sure.

Izmir places to stay and top hotels

Izmir things to do and experiences

  • Konak Square and Clock Tower
    9.119 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Landmark, Plaza
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  • House of the Virgin Mary
    9.320 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Other, Historic Site, Religious Center, Church
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  • Kordon
    9.212 reviews
    Outdoors, Other, Park, Plaza
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  • Agora Open Air Museum
    10.01 review
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
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San Francisco, California, USA

One of my favorite cities in Turkey... the 3rd largest city, I was surprised I hadn't heard of it. It has some great waterfront areas to hang out. The "downtown"/ financial part has tons of coffee places where you can sit and enjoy a coffee and enjoy watching the ocean

Pleasant Hill, California, USA

Gayle and I actually didn't see much of Izmir (formally the Greek City of Smyrna), other than the City as we came in and left via our cruise ship or on the bus to and from Ephesus. Our nexus was the port and with probably a lot of lost opportunity to explore this interesting multi-cultural area more thoroughly.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

This city has three faces. Business side, a bit slumy side and the beautiful beautiful seafront side. Anyways its worth a visit just for the beautiful seafront side :)

San Diego, California

Big city that is little known outside but in turkey it is well known for its music, beaches and a very liberal atmosphere.


I am Turkish and American. I visit the family every year in the summer and it is amazing. There is so much history everywhere. There is A LOT to do, & Turkish people are very respectful if respected.

Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

Izmir is a beautiful city and Turkey, in general, is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited! A great restaurant in Izmir that specializes in roasted lamb is Le Prestige. Had wonderful lamb on a skewer for lunch. Reasonably priced, too.

San Bruno, California

One of the port cities that cruise ships frequent is Izmir. As a result, they're highly attuned to visits from foreigners and used to helping travelers. Plus, a lot of the cruise ship employees get off and go into town for the day. A great spot to visit is the market in Izmir. The labyrinth of shops is amazing, and although you'll most likely have visited bazaars in Istanbul, the prices will probably be less - and the crush of humanity not quite so intimidating.

Aydin, Turkey

Looking for a big city but quite slow and rather be cozy? İzmir is the best destination point that is situated so close to the most known ancient cities of the world and summer holiday destinations of Turkey. Enjoy the Aegean taste from Turkey...

Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

Today, Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey with a population of 3.8M. It's a large, sprawling, modern city and one of the main export hubs with it's large maritime port. The surrounding area is home to several interesting small towns and holiday resorts such as Foca, Cesme, Seferihisar, Teos, Urla, Gumuldur, Selcuk etc.


Izmir is a very beautiful city on east coast of Turkey. I went the downtown of the city in August for business trip. It was too hot that around 45 centigrade.