About Izmir

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Izmir:  The pearl of the west, is Turkey’s third largest city and one of the most important port cities. It has a great nature and a rich historical and cultural heritage. Also known as Old Izmir, Smyrna, built on an islet of hundred acres flourished into a great center oF flourished into a great center oF civilization over time. Established about 8500 years ago, the city is now home to a variety of world heritages.

The largest city of the Roman Empire which set an example to other ancient cities, Ephesus with its architectural and cultural landmarks is one of the most visited regions near to Selcuk in Izmir province.

The city is known as “beautiful Izmir” as it is blessed with numerous scenic beauties and is under the effect of the Mediterranean climate. The summer is hot and dry where as the winter is mild. Lush for all seasons, Izmir is one of the biggest pine nut production areas.

One of the most beautiful descriptions of this city was made by Herodotus, who was also from Izmir: “they have founded the city under the most beautiful sky and the best climate that we know on Earth.” Thus, the city has earned its place in history.

Izmir, with its thriving investments and developing façade, has become a cultural capital of the Aegean and is rapidly on the way of becoming a world trademark.

How to get there

Although the transportation network is still subject to improvements, Izmir has a fairly well-developed transportation system.

The Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is located near the city center and receives direct flights from many countries alongside connecting flights from Istanbul. There are also direct flights from Izmir to any airport city in Turkey.

You may take the subway, bus or a taxi after your arrival at the airport to get to the city center or the nearby districts of Izmir.

Ferries are another transportation alternative in the city. You can shorten the time of transportation and enjoy a sea journey by taking the ferry to commute between the Karsiyaka and Konak districts.

You may also take the highway to arrive in Izmir.  You can take one of the shuttle buses between any major city and Izmir and reach the city center by taking a cap, the metro or the public bus leaving from Izmir Bus Terminal.

The holiday resorts of Izmir can be reached by getting on any of the buses leaving from the bus terminal in that direction. You will find yourself at some corner of paradise at the end of your small trip.

The Izmir harbor is one of the three largest ports in Turkey, where world famous Cruise ships anchor. You may consider arriving in Izmir on one of those ships and spend a terrific holiday in this unique city.

There are many alternatives of transportation for a more convenient vacation in this timeless and historic city.