Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, a modern city full of history and memories. If you find yourself in Turkey, it should definitely be on your list. You can easily spend two days to enjoy this vivid city. We give you 8 reasons why Izmir worth a visit, but you may find much more!
My personal favourite place in Izmir was Asansor. If you walk around 20 minutes from along the seaside you can easily spot it. It is basically an elevator built in 1907 to make it easier for people to move between the top of the cliff to the seaside. The views are incredible especially on sunny days. The Asansor has a café-restaurant on top where you can enjoy a coffee. Despite the great view that this place offers, the prices are very reasonable.
Konak is considered the center of Izmir. The most famous sight is the clock tower but you can also see historical mosques and of course many alleys with cafes, restaurants and bars. If you feel like you can feed the pigeons, which are all over the square!
Full of life, people, cheap restaurants and workshops Kemeralti is a must. Walk around, shop and feel the turkish spirit. Keep in mind that it can be crowded and you may feel overwhelmed but still is an interesting place.
Izmir Museum of History & Art
This museum is the best choice If you in a mood for some history. You can see a collection of ancient artifacts and sculptures from ancient Smyrna, Teos, and Pergamon.
Try the Izmir’s way brunch
Now this was a nice surprise. Feel like a king (or queen) with their huge brunch. Little plates with a great variety of products, like olives, ham, fruits and cheese will come in front of you. Just take your time and enjoy.
This quarter is one of the most beautiful areas in Izmir. Many restaurants and pastry shops can fulfil your appetite. It is also a great neighborhood for walking and enjoy the sea view. You can still see some traditional houses before 1922.
Mulles cooked in many versions
An interesting thing in Izmir is that you can find mulles everywhere. They eat them stuffed with rice, raw or fried. It is something like a “must” eat. We ate a ton with cold beer. Just yummy.
Traditional coffee and tea
The two main beverages that you can find in every corner. Traditional coffee with turkish delights and aromatic tea.
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