Best Things To Do in Izmir, Turkey

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  • Ephesus Museum: An archaeological museum has an elaborate collection of about 50,000 exhibits belonging to diverse periods like Miken, Archaic, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish.
  • Izmir Wildlife Park: A well-maintained home to 1500 animals of 120 different species.
  • Saat Kulesi or Clock Tower: Landmark of Izmir city.
  • Konak Square: An Iconic Square in Izmir with prominent buildings of the city.
  • The Agora: Ancient market place dating back to Greek times.
  • Kadifekale: A peaceful hill and castle ruins, be here at observe the panoramic view of the city.


  • Hit the beaches. Blessed with ample coastline of the Aegean sea, beaches in Izmir are a treat! Great for swimming and sunbathing, beaches are the most sought after activity for tourists coming to Izmir. Not too away from the city centre, beaches of Foça, Dikili, Urla, Seferihisar, and Cesme are some great options.
  • Taste the Turkish specialties like Boyoz, Kumru, Tulum Peyniri and Copsis Kebabs.
  • Go shopping in the Kemaralti market.
  • Take a walk along the Kordon and enjoy a spectacular sunset.
  • Go on a boat ride from Konak to Karsiyaka.
  • Hop on the elevator of Asanso and enjoy a panoramic view of Izmir.
  • Hang out and chill in the evening at Alsancak.

Below we have a list of things to do in Izmir and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Izmir getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Izmir with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Izmir

Here is the list of things to do in Izmir and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Kemeralti Market

    4.4 (3651 Votes)
    Kemeralti Market

    Restaurant, Market, Shopping Center, Architecture

    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 jewellery. Relish the Turkish delights and great coffee in any of the delightful cafes on the Bazaar. The bazaar also is a home to city’s largest mosque: Hisar Camii which is also worth observ...Read more
  2. Saat Kulesi Or Izmir Clock Tower

    Landmark, Tower, Architecture

    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 was built in 1901 to mark the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II's accession to the royal throne. The clock of the clock tower was gifted by German Emperor Wilhem II. The clock tower has intrica...Read more
  3. Asansor

    4.5 (3613 Votes)

    View Point, Restaurant

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

    Waterfront, Walking Area, Restaurant

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

    3.3 (3432 Votes)

    Walking Area, Restaurant

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

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Specialty Museum

    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 Archaeological and ethnographic and is spread over six exhibition rooms. The most interesting items include the Myken vases found at Ayasoluk Hill, pieces from temple of Artemis, a tomb from the Be...Read more
  7. Konak Square

    Landmark, Restaurant, Market, Square

    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 means mansion in Turkish and this square has some remarkable buildings like the Governorate, City Hall, Yali Mosque and Izmir Clock Tower. The Kemeralti-Izmir’s major bazaar and cultural centre a...Read more
  8. Izmir Wildlife Park

    Wildlife Park, Nature

    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 well as adults. Birds, tropical animals and rare flora make it an alluring site. The animals aren’t caged like any other zoo and the park has a free-roaming area which is home to over 1500 anim...Read more
  9. The Agora

    Art And Culture, Estate, Ancient Ruin, Architecture

    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 by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The structure comprises of Corinthian Colonnades with vaulted chambers and beautiful arches give you a glimpse of what a Greek market would look like. After the i...Read more
  10. Archaeological Museum
    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 a collection of over 1500 artefacts. Set over different floors, the Exhibition halls, laboratories, warehouses, photography rooms, libraries, and conference halls, display the findings from ancien...Read more
  11. Kadifekale

    Art And Culture, View Point, Castle, Leisure

    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 panoramic view of the city and enjoy coffee at the eatery.
  12. Hisar Mosque

    4.6 (2021 Votes)
    Hisar Mosque
    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. The largest dome rests on eight pillars and exhibits excellent altar and pulpit. The interiors of the mosque are intricately done in Ottoman art and add to the beauty of the structure. The mosque...Read more
  13. Synagogue Street
    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 synagogues in this busting street of Izmir’s Bazaar. Today, three of these historical synagogues are still used and prayers are conducted on Saturday mornings. The Seniyora Synagogue takes its name fr...Read more
  14. Deniz Restaurant

    4.2 (87 Votes)
    Deniz Restaurant
    Deniz offers great seafood, which is always perfectly prepared and the service makes the experience even more memorable. For all your seafood dishes in Izmir, this is the place to go to. The atmosphere is also friendly. Phone Number :- +90 232 464 4499
  15. Key Hotel
    This is a hi-tech hotel which appeals with its great location near the city and next to the sea side. The rooms are large and comfortable, with in-room entertainment system. It is suitable for business or leisure stay. Phone Number :- +90 232 482 1111