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11 Amazing Things to Do in Izmir, Turkey

Priya Johnson Jun 22, 2024
Visit the Clock Tower
A symbol and landmark of Izmir, this early 1900 tower stands tall in Konak Square. The main highlight of this tower is its clock that has never stopped ticking even once since its inception.
Enjoy Asansor – The Lift
This historical structure was built to connect the two roads that were at different heights. Head up Asansor in its historical elevator and enjoy a spectacular, panoramic view of Izmir and the Aegean Sea.
Ferry View of Izmir
A ferry ride across Izmir Bay is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of the Izmir skyline. A trip at sunset is spectacular.
Stroll at Kordon Promenade
Walk along the promenade or rent a bicycle and ride along with the gorgeous view of the Aegean Sea as your backdrop. You can even hop into one of their horse-driven carts and enjoy the sunset here.
Experience Izmir from Kadifekale Castle
Situated on one of the highest points of the city, this castle, although now in ruins is a wonderful place to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city and the Gulf of Izmir.
Ruins of Ephesus
Touted to be one of the most well preserved ancient ruins, this architectural marvel was one of the most important ancient Greek city and trading center.
Agora Open Air Museum
This ancient ruin site is a definite treat for history buffs. Although in ruins, the remnants are reminders of the glorious past.
Shop at the Kemeralti Bazaar
Like most Turkish bazaars, this one is a hustling-bustling marketplace lined with all kinds of antique stores and wares. A wonderful place to pick up some souvenirs.
Visit Konak Pier
Another interesting place to hang out is the Konak Pier, where you can interact with locals, enjoy at the cafes and also soak in the local charm of the place.
Enjoy Turkish Tea and Coffee
Enjoy Turkish tea and coffee culture all over the city, whether in a café by the promenade or in a quaint café with the locals. Sweet and savory snacks can be enjoyed along with tea or coffee.
Savor Turkish Delicacies
Izmir is known for an array for delicious food, which include the spicy Izmir meatballs and the king of desserts, Lokma. Several other delicacies await for you in Izmir.

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