, situated in the western part of Anatolia
, is the third largest city in Turkey
. The city boasts a large variety of hotel accommodations, vacation rentals, apartment rentals and luxury lodging for visitors. The city’s metropolitan area extends along the outlying waters of the Aegean Sea
in the Gulf of Izmir
. It is a vibrant, modern city consisting of 9 major districts each with its own distinct atmosphere. Hotel accommodation,, condo rental, vacation rental or even an apartment rental in the city center is ideal as the city bus system is slow and as most of the attractions are in the center of town, visitors generally walk to each of the tourist sites. Modern Izmir encompasses the ancient city of Ephesus
, famed for the Temple of Artemis
, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
One of the main attractions is St Polycarp Church
and its magnificent fresco’s. Built in sixteen twenty-five, the church is Izmir’s oldest building and is open to the public everyday of the year. The Clock Tower
, one of the main sites of Izmir’s harbour is a beautiful marble tower featuring four fountains that circle its base, and columns inspired by North African themes. Close by is the Inciralti Sea Museum
, a naval museum featuring many different exhibits and two decommissioned Turkish Naval Vessels. Another great attraction is the Izmir Bird Paradise
, a bird sanctuary with two hundred and five species of birds, including sixty three species that live there year round. It is a wonderful family outing.
Izmir’s subway network is constantly expanding with new stations being put in service all the time, allowing visitors to head out from their rental accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals, or apartment rentals, to roam through every part of the city. One of the more vibrant and exciting places to visit is the Kemeralti
market area behind Konak Square
in the center of town. There you can browse through a huge variety of shops each specializing in a different trade or product. You can bargain for the best price and then head to one of the cafes to sip a drink and enjoy your purchases. Another place to head to for a day of shopping and enjoying the local atmosphere is the Karsiyaka
area of Izmir, featuring a pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants.
Many tourists from all over Europe
find an apartment rental or hotel accommodation to enjoy the many festivals that take place each year. A festival like the International Izmir Festival
that runs from mid-June to mid-July and has presented many world class entertainers like Paco De Lucia, Chris De Burgh
, and Sting
on its stages. The Izmir European Jazz Festival
and the International Izmir Short Film Festival
are just a few of the many other festivals the city hosts each year.
is a vibrant, modern, and intriguing city, boasting a wide array of sites, sounds, tastes and attractions for everyone. Find your vacation rental and come enjoy the city.