14 Best Things To Do in Izmir, Turkey

Izmir is the third largest metropolitan city of Turkey with the beautiful beaches on the Aegean Sea. The city is located under the range of hills could be a better choice to spend your holiday alone, or with your family. The city also hosts some important ancient civilizations such as Greek, Roman, and Persian. Tourists come here from around the world to know the historical fact and to see the beautiful modern design of the city. Here you can find 15 best places to visit in Izmir.

Let's explore Izmir points of interest and 15 best things to do in Izmir:

1. Take a nice click with Clock Tower

Clock Tower, Izmir- ImageImage Source: pixabay.com

The beauty of Izmir is incomplete without the historic and iconic symbol, the Clock Tower of Izmir. You can also found its picture printed on the backside of some Turkish banknotes. The tower is surrounded by beautiful fountains which makes the place more interesting and attractive. When you visit this place, do not forget to see the Yall mosque located nearby the tower which is small but beautiful with blue marvel on the walls. It is also a good place for meeting as well.

2. Walk along the waterfront

A long walk could be the best time in Izmir. One can enjoy the delightful look of waterfront. You see lots of pubs and restaurant where you can enjoy drinks and snacks. If you get tired then sit and feel Meltemi wind. You see some locals sitting and fishing and drinking beers on the bank. However, you can rent a cycle if you like to cover more miles.

3. Know the culture in Kemeralti Bazaar

If you really interested to know Turkish and their culture, Kemeralti Bazaar could be the best place. You can roam around the Bazaar for couples of hours. This bazaar is famous for traditional handcraft and authentic franchise of Turkey. Here you can buy almost everything including spices, coffee, fishes and seafood, toys, wedding clothes, jewelry, etc.  Prices are also very reasonable at Kemeralti Bazaar. You should not go out from bazaar until having a look at spices market.

4. Taste the delicious street food

Here in street, you do not find the beautiful chairs and attractive decoration like a good restaurant but the delicious taste is incomparable. It could be a favorite activity in Izmir to taste lots of different food recipes, Turkish Kebab and Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun) are top among them. Tourists who come to Izmir are keenly interested to taste the Kebab, especially Cag Kebab which can be seen rarely but one should try to discover its taste. While Lahmacun, a Turkish Pizza gives you a taste of the combination of meat lamb and spices. They serve it with tomato, lattice, parsley, etc.

5. Have a nice coffee in Han bazaar

Here, in Kizlaragari Han bazaar, you can find toys, gifts, fishes, and other stuff but the best thing here is the Turkish authentic coffee in the streets. It would be a part of your cultural journey because its traditional taste makes you feel quite Turkey. Other than taking coffee, handcraft and other things are also good to look in this bazaar.

6. Enjoy a beautiful panorama from Aasansor

You could not miss the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful bird view from the elevator which known as Asansor. It is a perfect place to see Izmir and Gulf of Izmir. You can also catch a spectacular photo to bring the memory of Izmir with you. You can have talks with your friends or your family or can take drinks on the elevator. Being alone is also good to fall in love with the city.

7. Go Wildlife Park with your children

Wildlife Park could be a nice place to spend your day if you are a nature lover. This park is far from city but worth to visit. There are many small parks inside the park to play for your children. I recommend you to visit in morning and do not take your children on weekends because park became crowded on those days.

8. Visit Archaeological Museum of Izmir

You should visit it although you are not an archaeologist. Here you can see a collection of coins, jewelry, and pottery spanning floor. This museum is small but unique pieces of the beautiful statue tend you to stairs for a moment. A good description is provided in both the language Turkey and English. They also offer you an audio guide. After spending few hours stay an hour in the garden outside of the museum.

9. Watch some beautiful mosque

Two things you find in most of the places in Izmir, one is the beautiful mosque another is the Turkish flag with moon and star’s symbol printed on it. Some mosque is so beautiful and Hisar is one of the most beautiful mosques in Izmir. You should go inside the Hisar mosque even you are not a Muslim. Inside view and quietness are the main attractions of Hisar Mosque. There are separate floors of praying for men and women. All need to take off their shoe and women should wear long skirt and headscarf before entering the mosque.

10. Enjoy the ferry service from one coast to another

Enjoying the ferry service provides you to see the nice look of the coast and Gulf of Izmir. This service is different from the other service of transport like bus and others which are so crowded with people and shops. It can be also a place of meeting. Sunset time is quite good.

11. Devote few hours in Atartuk museum

A visit to Turkey is incomplete without Mustafa Kamal Atartuk. Atartuk museum is a perfect place to learn the history of Turkey and importance and legacy of Atartuk.

12. Have a look at of classic cars

Whether you are a fan of cars or not you should visit the car museum in Izmir. It is one of the best car museums in the world. You can also find some bikes and can see the first known car and bike. Here you can imagine how the model of car has been changed by the time has passed.

13. Visit the Agora site

Although Agora is not so attractive but still is an important site if you go to Izmir. You see a bunch of columns and elements outer side but the basement inside it so nice which could not be seen in most of the ancient site. One must stay here for at least 30 minutes to know the architecture from the Roman period.

14. Grab your choice at Forum Bornova

Here you can grab your choice of brands. Apart from high-quality brands it has beautifully designed building. Whether you go shopping or just to look the beauty, it is the best place. There are also some food courts, cinema and some important stuff for your enjoyment and playground for your kids as well. Its open ground makes it peaceful and provides a relaxing environment.

Izmir is the best place to know ancient Roman Empire with modern designed Turkey from a beautiful port to beaches, from the clock tower to beautiful mosques, from coffee to Kebab etc. Visit here at least once in lifen and explore this above mentioned top tourist attractions in Izmir.

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Must see places in Izmir ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Izmir and point of interests to visit.

  1. # 1 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 3645 times in trip plans
    Kemeralti Market

    Tags: Restaurant, Market, Shopping Center, Architecture

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    This is a legendary market set right in Izmir’s heart. The colours of the market, the goodies and the awesome deals are sure to enthral the shopaholics. Drop in for leather goods, clothing and j...Read more

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    Saat Kulesi Or Izmir Clock Tower

    Tags: Landmark, Tower, Architecture

    Address: Kuleli Sokak, Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Saat Kulesi which means clock tower in Turkish is a historic clock tower is located in the iconic Konak Square of Izmir. Designed by Levantine French architect Raymond Charles Pere, this clock tower w...Read more

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    Tags: View Point, Restaurant

    Address: Turgut Reis Mh., Ş. Nihat Bey Caddesi No:79, Izmir

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Get in the elevator and enjoy a splendid view of Izmir! There is also a restaurant if you want to grab a bite.

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    Tags: Waterfront, Walking Area, Restaurant

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a great walking area along the bay and a popular hangout in the evenings. Has some great restaurants and cafes!

  5. # 5 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 3427 times in trip plans

    Tags: Walking Area, Restaurant

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A great hangout for evenings in Izmir! It has plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars to chill after a tiring day.

  6. # 6 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 2038 times in trip plans
    Ephesus Archaeological Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: Atatürk Mah. Uğur Mumcu sevgi yolu, İzmir /selçuk, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    This archaeological museum has an elaborate collection of about 50,000 exhibits belonging to diverse periods like Miken, Archaic, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish. The museum is divided into two sections ...Read more

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    Konak Square

    Tags: Landmark, Restaurant, Market, Square

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This iconic square in the Ataturk Avenue in Izmir is bustling with activities. It is named after “Vali Konagi” which is the governor’s mansion of Izmir province. Konak literally mean...Read more

  8. # 8 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 1889 times in trip plans
    Izmir Wildlife Park

    Tags: Wildlife Park, Nature

    Address: Ahmet Piristina Caddesi Sasali, Cigli, Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    Spread over 425,000 square meters of area, this zoo was established in 2008 by Izmir Municipality. Surrounded by beautiful trees and a pleasing pond, this park is an amazing picnic spot for kids as we...Read more

  9. # 9 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 2075 times in trip plans
    The Agora

    Tags: Art And Culture, Estate, Ancient Ruin, Architecture

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    This ancient Agora which is an open space that was used for assemblies and markets in Greek Empire is one of the landmarks in Izmir. It was ruined in a destructive earthquake in 178 AD and was rebuilt...Read more

  10. # 10 of 48 Things To Do in Izmir | Added 1180 times in trip plans
    Archaeological Museum

    Address: Halit Rifat Pasa Caddesi 4. Konak, Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Several sections of this museum were open to public since 1927 in various parts of Izmir and the collaborated museum was opened in 1984. Spreading over an area of 5000 square metres, the museum houses...Read more

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    Tags: Art And Culture, View Point, Castle, Leisure

    Address: Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is a peaceful hill located in the urban area of Izmir; it literally means Velvet Castle in local language. There is an ancient castle located to the top belonging to the Greek period. Enjoy the p...Read more

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    Hisar Mosque

    Address: Konak Mh., 35250 Konak/İzmir, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    One of the most beautiful and grand mosques of Izmir, the Hisar mosque was constructed in late 16th century by Aydinoglu Yakup Bey. The enchanting domes are built in stone and encrusted with lead...Read more

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    Synagogue Street

    Address: Street no 927, Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Izmir has been a home to the Jewish community since Roman times and the Synagogue Street (also known as Havra Sokak in local language) is the symbol of the same. The street once boasted nine synagogue...Read more

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    Sakiz Rest

    Address: Sehit Nevres BulvarI 9 | Kültür Mh., Izmir, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is an exotic restaurant offering exotic and delicate dishes. The flavor and ingredient combinations of most dishes are the best. The personal touch of the owner’s welcoming patrons and atten...Read more

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    La Cigale

    Address: Cumhuriyet Bulv. Fransız Kültür Merkezi No:152, Alsancak/Izmir Province, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you want a break from Turkish food in Izmir, this is the place to go to. Most locals frequent the place and offers great French dishes. It is located just behind the French Cultural Centering and h...Read more

Explore the best things to do in Izmir. These are the most preferred tourist activities.

  • Church Of St Polycarp

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Şirinyer Sefa Hamamı

    514 Sok, No: 5, Şirinyer

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Kızılçullu Tarihi Su Kemerleri

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Yeşilova Höyüğü

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Smyrna

    301 Sok, No: 30, Şirinyer

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Karaosmanoğlu Han

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Menderes Kaymakamlığı

    Atatürk Cad, No: 115, Hükümet Konağı

  • Şelale

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  • Ozgurdeneme

    200/52 Sok No:36 Buca Kooperatif Mah Buca

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  • Neşe Ve Karikatür Müzesi

    Kıbrıs Şehitleri Cad, Yüzbaşı Şerafettin Bey Sok, No: 9, Alsancak

  • Agora Açıkhava Müzesi

    816 Sok No:16

  • Hamza Rüstem Fotoğraf Evi

    6522 Sok No:8

  • Tarih Ve Sanat Müzesi

    Kültür Park İzmir Fuar Alanı, Montrö Kapısı, Alsancak

  • Tabiat Tarihi Müzesi

    İzmir, Bornova Merkezi

  • Demiryolları Müzesi E Sanat Gelerisi

    Atatürk Cad No: 444

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  • Halkapınar Arena

    Mersin Cad

    Amusement Parks
  • Sezai Esen Festival Eğlence Merkezi

    Akçay Cad No:282 D:4 Gaziemir Merkez

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Eceland Aquapark

    Necdet Bükey Cad, No: 84 / B, Ulucak

    Amusement Parks
  • Coşkun Lunapark

    1442 Sok No:39 K:1 Alsancak, Konak

    Amusement Parks
  • Atatürk Yüzme Tesisleri

    1486 Sok Alsancak

    Amusement Parks
  • Eğlence Merkezi

    Amusement Parks Arcades
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  • Baryum

    Atatürk Cad, No: 230 Daire: 1, Alsancak

    Bars Restaurants Night Clubs
  • Mavi Bar

    Cumhuriyet Bul No:206 2 Kordon Alsancak

    Bars Night Clubs Restaurants
  • Öküz

    Yalı Cad No: 316/A

    Restaurants Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses
  • Cadde Pub

    Dr. Mustafa Enver Bey Cad No: 7

    Restaurants Bars Night Clubs
  • Cafe Plaza Brasserie Bomonti

    Mustafa Bey Cad No:3/A

    Bars Restaurants
  • Mekkan

    Atatürk Cad, No: 184 / B, Alsancak

    Restaurants Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Bars
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  • İddaa Bayi

    1537 Sok No: 5

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Ganyan Bayi

    65/18 Sok No: 3/D

    Casinos and Gaming
  • İddaa Bayi

    1469 Sok, No: 99 / Cad, Alsancak

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Opaksan

    Mersinli Mevki 1 San. Sitesi, 2839 Sok, No: 10 Kat: 3

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Ömür Ağa

    Casinos and Gaming
  • İddaa Bayi

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Şirinyer Parkı

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • Lale Parkı

    Dog Parks
  • Avni Anıl Parkı

    Karşıyaka, 1828 / 7 Sok, 18-22, Soğukkuyu

    Dog Parks
  • Dinlenme Ve Çocuk Parkı

    Karşıyaka, 2120 / 2 Sok, 22-26, Çiçek

    Dog Parks
  • Manolya Düğün Salonu

    Gazi Cad Erdemir İş Merkezi No: 1/B Selçuklu

    Dog Parks
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  • Karadeniz

  • Kesimler Pasajı

    Karşıyaka, Tiyatro Sok, 23-49, Tuna

  • Zeytinalanı Sahil

    Zeytinalanı Urla

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  • Gençler İnsaat

  • Ataturk Parki

  • Plevne Bulvarı

    Plevne BLV. Alsancak

  • Çatalca

  • Balçova Barajı

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