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Izmir is the capital of Izmir province in Turkey, third most popular city in Turkey and second most popular on the Aegean Sea. Izmir consists of several metropolitan districts. Izmir port is Turkey's primary port for exports. The growth of Izmir began when cotton and other products brought different traders here. The first railway lines to be built in Turkey went from Izmir hence making the city grow fast. Izmir has a Mediterranean climate characterized by long, hot and dry summers. One of the landmarks of Izmir harbor is a beautiful marble Clock Tower.
Izmir (Izmir) Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
What day trips can I do in Izmir?
There are many places you can visit while in Izmir. You can visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus, travel to Kusadasi to experience the local hamans or climb aboard a local boat trip.
Whatever the place or activity, the concierge in your hotel should be able to help you purchase tickets and coordinate a tour to whichever place you want.
Will it be difficult to make friends in Izmir?
There is plenty of opportunities for newcomers to find others who share their language, nationality, ethnicity, background, and interests in Azmir. People travel to Izmir from all over the world and therefore you should have no problem finding like-minded people.
What is the appropriate time to book a ticket ?
One should book a ticket when you need it. It’s advisable for one to buy a ticket when many people do, approximately two to four months before you fly because research shows that at this time you are likely to find the lowest price for your tickets. Fares tend to rise especially when you are close to your departure date. It also allows you to know which seats will be available and you can choose the most suitable one. I would advise anyone willing to book a ticket to do so as early as possible.
Are there any food specialities I should try?
Yes! Given its prime location, Izmir is home to tastey fish. If you make a trip into the city center in the evening, the day’s catch is barbecued at fishing boats tied up on the waterfront promenade and served between great hunks of fresh bread. Utterly fresh: perfectly simple.