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Izmir: the pearl of the Aegean

Enjoy relaxation, history and places of interest

In Izmir, antiquity meets modernity. No wonder Turkey’s third-largest city is a popular holiday destination! Discover the many different facets of this diverse metropolis.

 

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Local time 17:39
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Currency: Lira

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Discover Izmir’s contrasts

Izmir is renowned for its fabulous location on the Aegean coast. The mild climate, wonderful sandy beaches, dreamy coves, crystal-clear turquoise water and a coastline set against the backdrop of gently rolling, picturesque hills make the city a hot spot for all sunseekers. Yet Izmir is also a vibrant metropolis with lively nightlife and endless possibilities for sightseeing and shopping. Put simply, whether you are planning a beach holiday or wish to take a city break – Izmir is always worth a visit.

And best of all, Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is just 18 km south of the city. We offer direct flights to Izmir departing from 12 German cities – often with several flights a day. Book your flight online now!

Fancy some culture?

A number of ancient places of interest are just waiting to be discovered by you in Izmir. One of the oldest buildings is Kadifekale Castle, which dates back to the fourth century BC. It goes without saying that the city’s landmark, the Saat Kulesi Clock Tower, is not to be missed. The columns of the Roman Agora and the Hisar Mosque are definitely worth seeing. And cultural highlights can also be found beyond the city with a population of over four million. Top of the list are the ruins of Ephesus, the idyllic village of Sirince, St. John’s Church, Selçuk Castle and Klazomenai, the city of ancient olive production.

Izmir in the present day

This city radiates a love of life with its hospitality and unique flair. Cosmopolitan attitudes meet tradition, while modern architecture alternates with places of interest that date back many centuries. There are numerous restaurants and tempting shopping opportunities to explore along the promenade at the waterfront, in winding alleys and on broad boulevards. One particular attraction are the city’s bazaars, where you can buy everything from spices to clothes and handicrafts. By the way, haggling is not only allowed, but actively encouraged!

Savour Turkish delicacies

Whether in a traditional Turkish coffee house or an elegant restaurant with a view of the city, make sure you also explore Izmir’s culinary side. Look forward to authentic Turkish coffee. The black and sweet drink will revive your spirits after an exhilarating day or give you a little energy boost during a brief break from the sightseeing. Discover Mediterranean delights, which have also been influenced by Indian, Persian, Arabian and Caucasian tastes over the course of the millennia. Enjoy the outstanding freshly caught fish, an incredibly diverse range of vegetable and the ‘burned ice cream’ – a real insider´s tip. And it all comes with the famous Turkish hospitality.

Keep active

Izmir is also an ideal destination for active holidaymakers. In addition to all kinds of water sports, visitors can also go on fabulous hiking excursions in the surrounding area, take rafting and trekking tours or enjoy a wonderful view of the city while paragliding. Izmir also has plenty of leisure parks – the Olof Palme Park is a particular highlight with its many sports facilities and an extensive area for pedestrians and cyclists.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Izmir now and immerse yourself in the fascinating diversity of this city!

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