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Holiday in Izmir Turkey



Izmir is a provinve which is known as the Pearl of the Aegean Region It is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. The weather is a typcal mediterranean climate.The summers are hot and the winters are warm. The average temperature is 18 degrees. In winters the weather is sometimes rainy and very cold, but in general it has a nice climate.In summers the weather is always sunny, but some summer nights are a little bit cold.Usually people can't decide what to wear when they want to go out. Because the weather can change. Snowfall is rare, but this winter it was very surprising to see İzmir covered with snow.With its contemporary life, palm trees which is sprinkled along the coast, and with its sparkling nights, Izmir continues to be an attractive city. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and has become more and more modern with its advanced economic and commercial networks. Izmir province which has a  cosmopolitan structure is a city that gives serenity with its tolerant, friendly and cultured people. İzmir has many functions. Due to the long coastline of Aegean Sea, it is the second biggest port city of Turkey. Izmir is a city which worth seeing in the enormous atmosphere of Aegean with its fantastic festivals, congresses, artistic activities and happy people which flowing along the Kordon. Izmir is a commercial city; With its historical places, geographical location, Izmir Hotels, and pensions, it is a frequent destination of thousands of visitors every year. Also Izmir is close to Kusadasi which is one of the most important tourist areas, for that reason many local people prefer Kusadasi for holiday in summer. World famous writer Victor Hugo, has said that " Izmir is a beautifull princess " and he has praised to Izmir. Izmir is also one of the centers of summer tourism. Cesme(Turkey) peninsula is in the borders of Izmir and this peninsula is a tourist area which is very popular with its advanced facilities and blue sea. In addition, it has the springs that it has in it, as well as the healing resources. We have compiled the most prominent points of Izmir for you.



Traveling Places in Izmir Turkey



Ephesus Antique City: Ephesus; which is the biggest antique city in Ancient age of the the world, has become an important tourism point attracting local and foreign tourists today. Ephesus Antique City has seen many wars in every periods due to its location in its history because of the attacks of Hittites, Ions, Cimmerians, Lydians, Persians, Ancient Greek State, Sparta, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire, Goths and Arabs. In addition to being the biggest open air museum in Turkey, Ephesus Antique city, which is one of the most important centers for religious tourism and especially for Christian belief; It houses artifacts such as the Temple of Artemis, the Mother House of the Virgin and Ashab-i Kehf, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus which was established as a port, was used to be the most important commercial centre. It played a great role in the ancient times with its strategic location. Ephesus is located on a very fertile valley.Ephesus, once, the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity and today, Ephesus is an important tourism centre in Turkey.The ancient city Ephesus is located in Selcuk, a small town 30 km away from Kusadasi. It is located in the most important tourist centers of Turkey. Efes The Ancient City was founded by Amazon women warriors. Ephesus Antique City; Letoon, Nemrut Mountain, Troy Antique City, Cumalikizik Village, Hattusa Antique City, Pamukkale, Pergamon Antique City and Cappadocia are some of the places in our country which is on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It ıs possible to find Ephesus tours almost from every provinces of Turkey. You should absolutely visit here.


House of Virgin Mary: Is located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960's. Later, in the 1980's, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary's Assumption. You can visit The House of Virgin Mary both with your own car and daily Ephesus tours.


Sirince Village: Sirince Village, which is known for its 2012 apocalypse scenario, has been influenced by Maya Calendars because of its prophecy. It has been invaded by actors, businessmen and sirens from every country of the world in 1212. This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi Turkey, was once Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turk-Greek culture as of the 1920's: after the Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. The most beautiful specimens are open to visitors. And even in the courtyard of one of them, one will discover a nicely restorated Orthodox church. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil. Another attraction of Sirince is its wine: try its taste in small cafés or in the former municipal school restorated. Though Sirince Village is developing its tourism very quickly, it has been able to preserve its authenticity and the meaning of its name. You can visit The House of Virgin Mary both with your own car and daily Ephesus tours.


Konak Square and İzmir Clock Tower: İzmir Clock Tower is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square in Konak district of İzmir Turkey. It is also one of the most famous places and the symbol of İzmir. Ehen you see this clock tower you will feel that you are in İzmir. People in Izmir usually meet here and make shopping.The clock tower was designed by the Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Père and built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II's (reigned 1876–1909) accession to the throne. The clock itself was a gift of German Emperor Wilhelm II (reigned 1888–1918). It is decorated in an elaborate Ottoman architecture. The tower, at a height of 25 m (82 ft), features four fountains, which are placed around the base in a circular pattern, and the columns are inspired by North African themes. The clock tower was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 500 lira banknotes of 1983-1989. In the former Balkan provinces of the Ottoman Empire, particularly in present-day Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin towns such as Belgrade, Prijepolje, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Gradačac and Stara Varoš, similar Ottoman era clock towers are still named Sahat Kula (deriving from the Turkish words Saat Kulesi, meaning Clock Tower.) 


İzmir Alsancak: Alsancak is the centre of shopping and fantastic cafes. There are modern buildings and attractive shops along the street and many people prefer to go there for shopping. Shops and cafes are located in streets and they are far from the main street, so people are not disturbed by the traffic. Alsancak is the place that the teenagers prefer to go. Because there are lots of fantastic cafes and these cafes have delicious foods. Also, Hilton hotel is located in this neighboorhood and it's game centre is prefered by most of the teenagers. Also, you can see adults who are playing game in this game centre. It is a place for having fun and people from every age can have fun there.  


Izmir Kordon: It is located between Konak Square and Alsancak. It becomes one of the most crowded places at the weekends. Especially young people prefer to go there because there are bars and some places for shopping.Kordon is also famous with it's horse-drawn phaetons with colorful ponpons and young lovers loves to wander with them.Kordon is very famous that there are lots of songs that are written for Kordon


Foca Karakum Beach: Foca Karakum Beach, which can be one of the alternative sightseeing spots in Izmir holidays, is a natural beauty of Izmir where you will enjoy a sunny holiday with a fine sandy beach and a nice holiday. 


Cesme: Cesme, which is 80 km away from Izmir province is a holiday resort with excellent accomodations and restaurants.There many hotels, hostels, restaurants  that are usually prefered by tourists. Restaurants. You can also watch the beautiful, clear, blue waters of Ceşme. Cesme has also got a wonderful nightlife to have fun. Cesme(Turkey) is also famous with its hot water sources and you can prefer here for health vacation.


Izmir International Fair: Izmir International Fair, one of the oldest fairs in Turkey, has hundreds of participants from different sectors; is a great exhibit, especially of developing technology. The Izmir International Fair, which opened every year in September, continues to attract a lot of attention. If you are visiting Izmir, if your accommodation date corresponds to the time of the fair, it is definitely an activity you should see.


Inkaya Cave: You have the chance to visit historical points while enjoying the beaches and sweet sunshine in your visit to Izmir. Inkaya Cave is one of the most interesting cultural tourism points in Izmir. It is worth seeing with its length of 222 meters and its attractiveness. Inkaya Cave is Located on the eastern slopes of Kocadag in the west of the Yelki Village, it's possible to reach the Inkaya Cave by coming o a certain point on a land vehicle or tractor and then walking through a steep slope.


Izmir Historical Elevator: This historical elevator has been made in 9th century. It is 51 metres in height. It links Mithat Pasha street to the Halil Rifat Pasha street. It was built in 1907 and restored by the municipality in 1993. On the upper side, there is an open-air cafe and a restaurant that offers you a delicous meal with a breathtaking view of Izmir and the bay.


Gundogdu Square: It is one of the most famous squares of Izmir. Gundogdu Square is also located in Alsancak.  It is one of the most popular urban squares of Izmir for public gatherings, together with Konak Square and Cumhuriyet Square.


Cesme Boyalık Bay: This Bay is about 2 km long. Boyalık Bay is a natural and quiet bay between Ilıca and Cesme located in the north of Cesme Peninsula. Boyalık Bay is one of the most visited places in Cesme. Having the characteristics of the Ilıca Beach, this bay is one of the fastest developing touristic areas in Cesme.


Pergamon Antique City: This city is an Ancient city located in the Anatolia region, approximately 25 kilometres from the Aegean Sea in present-day Bergama, Izmir Province of Turkey. The city had great strategic value, since it overlooked the Caicus River Valley (modern name Bakırçay) which provided access from Pergamon to the Aegean coast. Pergamon reached the height of its influence during the Hellenistic period, becoming the capital of the Attalid kings. During the Roman period the city was the first capital of the Asian province, but it eventually lost this status to local rival, Ephesus. If you visit İzmir, you should have some time to visit wonderful ancient city.


Alacati:  is located in Izmir province and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cesme. With is nature and historical beauty Alacati is among the rising values ​​of Izmir. This place has recently become a favorite place for windsurfers.You can enjoy the peace and tranquility in the arms of Mother Nature, wander through the colorful, vivid streets filled with sweet floral smell of Alacati.


Izmir Agora:  The Agora, where many relics were exhibited, became the heart of social life in the 4th century BC. The Agora, which is especially prevalent with its basilica, is a cultural tourism center worth visiting. Agora is the center for arts, trade and philosopy.


Candarli: Candarli is one of the oldest settlements in the Aegean Region. It is believed that this sub-district was once a Hittite settlement, subordinate to Dikili. Finds excavated date back to 2000 B.C. The most noteworthy among these were the ceramic artefacts from the Troy – Yortan Civilization. Vases and statues displaying Ionian and Eastern styles and stone axes and pottery pieces from the early ages were also excavated. Very few finds have survived to the present day. Candarli Halil Pasa, the famed grand vizier of Murat II, contributed to the preservation of a castle from the Genoese, by having it restored in the 13th and 14th centuries 


Cave of Seven Sleepers:  It is estimated that the structure was built in a period between the 5th and 6th centuries, and the location of the Seven Sleepers ruin is thought to possess the features of a religious centre. Legend has it that, prior to the adoption of Christianity as the official religion; seven youths took shelter in this place. They were escaping from devotees of idol worshipping, and in this cave fell asleep, waking up two centuries later. When they awoke, Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman Empire. Following this miraculous phenomenon, a giant monument was erected in the location where these seven youths were buried after their death. The structure unearthed in the excavations is of monumental dimensions, and also discovered were the remains of rock carved tombs, two churches and catacombs.


Izmir Bird Paradise: The Izmir Bird Paradise, where 289 bird species live, spreads around a 8.000 hectare area in the Cigli Camalti Salt Marsh. At the bird paradise, the most observed bird species are: Flamingos, Dalmatian Pelicans, Small White Herons, Grey Herons, Storks,Reed Harries, Kestrels, Eurasian Coots, House Swallows, Rural Swallows, Sparrows, Magpies, Rural Pipits,Kingfishers, Poyraz Birds, Eurasian Thick-knees, Silver Seagulls, Little Terns, Owlets, Calandra Larks, Crested Larks, Bee-Eaters, Black-Winged Stilts, Spur-winged Plovers,Black-Tailed Godwits and Redshanks.The reeds, islands, peninsulas and salt mash pools in the Bird Paradise area created a favorable environment for the area to become a bird paradise. The salt water of the fishpond and the salt marsh and the fresh water of the reeds; various fish and other living creatures here constitute the natural food source for the birds.This area was certified as a Waterfowl Conservation and Breeding Ground in 1982. It is 10 kilometers from Cigli center and 26 kilometers from Karsiyaka. The area where more than 50 thousand birds stop by annually is on the migratory route of the birds and is also an archeological and natural protected area. There is a visitor center as well as bird observation towers, binoculars and touring bikes at the Bird Paradise.


Tempe of Serapis: Popularly known as “Red Courtyard” because it was built of red bricks, this was the largest building in Ancient Pergamon, and the temple was dedicated to the Egyptian gods. This temple is presently located in the Antique city of Pergamon


Bayindir Thermal Tourism Center: This region has many healing resources, historical and cultural places. You can get health from both thermal springs and visit the city's top spots. You can choose for health tourism.





Accomation to Izmir Turkey




The accomodation will never be a problem for you. Because there are lots of nice hotels and hostels in İzmir province. Izmir also includes wonderful restaurants and they are very comfortable and they have delicious meals. As a Dreamofholiday  family which is  one of the leaders  Rentals and Organization company , we serve you  Izmir Villa Rental, Izmir Apartments Rental and Izmir Rental Apartments  service.




Transportation in Izmir Turkey



Izmir is located in an easy position in terms of transportation. It is possible to reach by sea and air via Izmir Port which is one of the biggest ports of Turkey except for highway transportation. There are regular bus services to İzmir from big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara(Turkey), Bursa(Turkey), Adana(Turkey) and Antalya(Turkey). You can use Adnan Menderes Airport for your Izmir Airline. You can get detailed information from Arsis Vip Transport which is our other organisation company for our guests. Arsis Yacht Chartering Company which is one of the leading companies of the Yacht Leasing industry, we have presented in Gocek Harbor, Bodrum Harbor, Fethiye Harbor, Marmaris Harbor and Kalkan Harbor Gulet Charter and Motoryacht Rental services will be available soon in Izmir Port. You can get information from our call center for detailed information.