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Izmir

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey, around which you will find many seaside resorts including Kusadasi, meaning 'bird island' in Turkish, which although it pleases the visitors for its nightlife and shopping, frankly disfigures and pollutes the Aegean coast. Foça, Cesme, Seferihisar and Gümüldur appear a good alternative between mass tourism and a relatively preserved ambiance, with large natural sandy beaches. All are, in any case, excellent starting points for exploring the many sites in their environment, such as the ancient Ephesus or the Pamukkale 'castle of cotton', which are among the most prestigious of the Hellenistic culture.

To see

The vast majority of trips are organised by tour agencies in the hotel's tourism office. If travelling in a group puts you off, you won't have any problem discovering the region on your own. Among the many possible visits, worth noting is Ephesus, which is one of the seven wonders of the world and Pamukkale, a cliff where overcrowded hot limestone springs have sculpted natural snow basins.

To do

Take a look at the bazaar in Izmir where you'll find all sorts of souvenirs and local products to bring home in your luggage. A small goëlette cruise to the Greek islands also offers a beautiful promenade along the coasts.

pros

  • +  The archaeological sites
  • +  The water sports
  • +  The vibrant local life

cons

  • -  Often overcrowded with tourists
  • -  Natural environment somewhat destroyed
  • -  A lack of authenticity

To think about

The 'dolmus' (local minibus service) is not only cheap but you can pretty much hop on and hop off anywhere you like along its route, they frequently travel between the beach resorts and tourist sites.

To avoid

If you prefer your peace and quiet, don't choose a hotel in the nightlife district as the Turkish like to party!

To try

Good meals are had at reasonable prices here. The fish is excellent as is the berek and baklava, other famous Turkish specialties. Do not hesitate to try kebabs!

To bring back

The lucky eye brings happiness and can be found in all Turkish homes. It watches over the home and protects it and its owner from bad energy. It exists in all different forms such as jewellery and decorative objects.

Weather Izmir

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Izmir . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Izmir so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Izmir , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather August
Overall rating 92/100
  • Temperature indicators 92% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 96% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 96% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 82% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 84% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 80% Comfortable

    Feeling of comfort due to ideal humidity levels.

What to see

Ephesus and the archeological sites of Aegeus , The Library of Celcus , Turkey
Ephesus and the archeological sites of Aegeus
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