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Izmir's Top Must-See Sights

As Turkey's western pearl, Izmir is a thriving Aegean port city with a rich cultural heritage. It boasts ancient architecture, natural beauty, and is also an hour's drive to the spectacular ruins of Ephesus. If you fancy a cruise this is a favorite stop.

İzmir Alsancak Terminal

It's Turkey's second oldest train station and hub for tourists with a taste for adventure. If you want to visit Turkey's many historic landmarks, then this is a central stop.

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This turn-of-the-century elevator is one of Izmir's must-see attractions. With stunning city views, a quick ride to the top will take you to an excellent traditional restaurant.

Mount Yamanlar

Just a short journey outside of Izmir is this spectacular rocky expanse. Picnic on the banks of its beautiful lake Karagöl or climb to the ancient tomb of Tantalus on its mount.

Izmir Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi)

At the heart of Konak Square is a beautiful architectural masterpiece. With a classic Ottoman design, the clock tower is one of Turkey's jewels and a picture-perfect tourist spot.

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St. Polycarp Church

Make a pilgrimage to Izmir's oldest church, famous as one of only seven holy buildings mentioned in the Bible. Plan in advance, as it is only open to tourists on special days.

Kemeralti Bazaar

Packed with hidden gems, Izmir's ancient market is a must-see for adventurous tourists. It's particularly good for leather, clothing, and jewelry - perfect for holiday bargains.

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Mount Sipylus

At the edge of the ancient site of Manisa is this towering, natural beauty. Reached via Izmir's winding mountain roads, visit its base where the famous Weeping Rock of Niobe sits.

Planning Your Izmir Visit

When should you visit?

Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, Izmir is hot and dry in the summer and mild in the winter. Its tourist attractions are open year-round, so the perfect time to visit is completely up to you.

Where should you stay in Izmir?

Whatever your budget, there are plenty of sleek, modern hotels and cozy traditional guesthouses in Izmir. For a combination of the two, The Key Hotel comes highly recommended. This reimagined 1950s bank boasts high-tech rooms with stunning sea views. Or, for a touch of luxury, check into the Swissôtel Büyük Efes in the city's center with wonderful spa facilities.

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    To enjoy some great sightseeing weather with fewer tourists, plan your visit for spring or fall.

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What People Are Saying About Izmir

A day to remember spent back in history!

We booked for the trip and were expecting to see a whole bus, but it was only the six of us and it tuned to be a private tour with the best guide (Gökçe thank you again!). We were with people visiting Ephesus for third time, and they said that this guide gave them more information than both times before.

Discovery Ephesus Tour From Izmir or Kusadasi Reviewed by Svilen, 09/29/2014

Fabulous fun and informative tour of Ephesus

Our guide was on time and well prepared for this excellent excursion to Ephesus. She answered all questions, as well as pointing many interesting facts about these sights we would only learn from a local expert in history.

Beautiful site visited with a most interesting and engaging guide.

We had a private tour, since it was late in the season, and our guide was courteous, friendly and very knowledgeable. We much appreciated his professionalism.

Ancient Aphrodisias Full-Day Tour from Kusadasi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/16/2013

Very good guide, timely pick up and good explanations

I thought the tour was good and was appreciative of the arrangements. The tourist lunch selection was terrible and out of the way which took too much time from the alotted tour time. We could have spent more time at each location if we hadn't bothered with the terrible lunch at the terrible location. We liked the guide. The driver was very good.

Full-Day Tour of Pergamon from Izmir & Kusadasi Reviewed by Barbara, 10/02/2012

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