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
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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.