Blessed with a stretch of outstanding unspoiled coastline on Turkey’s west coast, Izmir is one of the country’s up and coming resort destinations. Sports fans will enjoy the opportunities to play volleyball and windsurf along the gorgeous pale sands around Izmir, whilst the resort of Kusadasi is particularly popular amongst families thanks to its gently shelving beach.
Kusadasi is also packed ways to experience the unique flavours of Turkey. Carpets, spices and other souvenirs can be found in one of the town’s exciting bazaars, whilst you’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of mouth-watering dishes that are offered by the quaint local restaurants.
Known as the ‘Beautiful Waterfront’ Izmir itself also offers a number of charms with its waterfront dining, palm trees and Gustave Eiffel designed pier offering a taste of the high-life for visitors to this charming region of Turkey.
What you’ll love most about Izmir
- The Bazaar district of Kemaraltı is worth exploring – not just for its souvenirs, but for its atmosphere
- Izmir’s promenade stretches for a few kilometres enabling you to walk alongside the waters of the Aegean Sea
- There are many ancient monuments to explore such as Izmir Agora, Ephesus and the Pergamon Acropolis
- Natural hot springs can be found in the Greek-Roman spa town of Hierapolis-Pamukkale