• Celsus Library is located in Ephesus, one of the ancient parts of the Izmir region.
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    Celsus Library

    Celsus Library is located in Ephesus, one of the ancient parts of the Izmir region.

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Turkey

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.

Izmir: what 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.

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.

  • The archaeological sites
  • The water sports
  • The vibrant local life
  • Often overcrowded with tourists
  • Natural environment somewhat destroyed
  • A lack of authenticity

Izmir: what to visit?


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!

Izmir: what to eat?

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!

Izmir: what to buy?

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.

Izmir Reviewedhotels
  • 8.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Sheraton Cesme
    Izmir - Turkey
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Very recent, the Sheraton hotel is the most upmarket in the region. ...

  • 8.6 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Mövenpick Hotel Izmir
    Izmir - Turkey
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Mövenpick Hotel Izmir is a comfortable and convenient choice ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Dauphin d'Or
    Izmir - Turkey
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    With a private marina full of yachts and sailing boats, the Dauphin ...

  • 8.1 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Richmond Izmir
    Izmir - Turkey
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Richmond Ephesus is a large modern hotel located on one of ...

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