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Izmir: a fascinating destination on the Aegean Sea

With more than 4 million inhabitants, Izmir is one of the largest and most populous cities in Turkey. A popular destination for Turkish natives and foreign nationals alike, Izmir is a thriving resort town with plenty of exciting attractions and beautiful beaches for visitors to make the most of. It’s not just historical sites and natural landmarks that visitors flock to Izmir for; the city is quickly emerging as a centre of cosmopolitan cool. What’s more, the city is a bustling transport hub, making it an ideal choice for stopover breaks when travelling further afield. Whether it’s a direct or connecting flight you’re after, you’ll find great rates on tickets with SunExpress.

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Short facts

Local time 17:34
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Currency: Lira

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Get away and enjoy a beach holiday in Izmir

Izmir is located directly on the Aegean coast, so you can expect a landscape dominated by plenty of beautiful sandy stretches. There’s no shortage of beaches in this Turkish hotspot, with plenty of options available to accommodate sun worshippers, families and water sports enthusiasts alike. The coastline is also backed by gentle hills, providing a great area for hiking and finding a vantage point from which to survey the surrounding area. The water is particularly clear and turquoise, with water temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius during the summer months. The climate is generally quite comfortable, with July highs of around 33 degrees Celsius. The summers are characterised by hot and dry conditions, with rare rainfall. Even if you’re visiting in autumn and spring, Izmir and the surrounding region offer very impressive temperatures if you’re looking for a beach holiday destination.

Explore the sights of Izmir

There’s much more to Izmir besides beautiful beaches. The city itself is a popular destination because of its countless historic sights. The city has been around in one form or another for thousands of years, and you’ll experience evidence of this rich legacy at every turn. One of the oldest monuments in the city is the Kadifekale Caste, dating back to the 4th century BC. These castle ruins lie on the outskirts of the city, and visitors can expect to get up close and personal with this ancient wonder. The Roman Empire has also left its mark on this city, with many Roman columns still preserved in the region. Other impressive local landmarks include the 16th-century Hisar Mosque and the city clock tower, Saat Kulesi. The German Emperor, Wilhelm II, commissioned construction of this clock back in 1901 and the landmark has remained a beloved icon of the city ever since.

Get out and explore

The landscapes around the city of Izmir are characterised by rocky hills. Throughout this region, many conifers and other plant species grow, thriving in the dryer climate. This area is also used for agriculture, with endless grain fields and olive groves putting their stamp on the region. Horticultural enthusiasts can look forward to plant life that is exclusive to this little corner of the world. Several migratory bird species stop in this region during migrations from the colder climates of Europe as they head south to Africa. The Aegean also hosts several rare sea life species, including sea lions. The city has its own zoo to introduce locals and visitors to the wildlife around them, while nature tours are worth considering if you’d rather see the fauna in its real habitat.

Izmir Airport: the ideal destination for travelling to Turkey

The Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is located 18 kilometres south of Izmir. The airport serves several leading airlines and provides connections to a wide selection of destinations. SunExpress is just one of several operators and provides direct flights to Izmir from no less than 12 German airports, with several flights a day available on some routes. Izmir also serves as an excellent starting point for wider tours of Turkey, with easy connections to Istanbul. The airport itself is integrated into the wider rail network, so you can make a train connection minutes after leaving the arrivals hall. A reliable shuttle bus connects you with the city centre and other major points of interest. The airport offers ample parking for drivers, while car rental kiosks make vehicle hire a viable option if you want to explore the region at your own pace.

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