The ancient city of Smyrna has been through hundreds of years of empires, battles and fires to become the Izmir as it is today. The third largest city in Turkey, Izmir is a metropolitan resort that unfortunately does not contain as many landmarks as a 5000 year old location should.
The Great Fire in the 1920s wiped out most of the historic buildings in the city and everything that remained has been carefully redeveloped to ensure that Izmir has kept evidence of its turbulent past. The city’s most prominent landmark that still remains is the clock tower that can be found in Konak Square. Built in 1901 it can be seen from across town to ensure no-one in the city is ever late. If you’re travelling in a big group, it also makes a really useful meeting point! Another of Izmir’s unique landmarks is the Asansor. This elevator used to function using water mechanism but now runs using electricity. Visitors can take a ride in the lift and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from the top, there’s a restaurant there too so you can take in the sights with a sandwich! While you’re up there look out for the Izmir castle, from here you can figure out your walking route to get there.
Although Izmir might not be bursting with relics, it is still an interesting place to explore. Stroll along the Kordon, the waterfront, and take in the sea air – just make sure you watch out for the horse and carriages. Most visitors to Izmir will tell you that the must-see is the Kemeralti, the big bazaar. The streets here are lined with market stalls and enthusiastic sellers who will offer all kinds of compliments to try and entice you to their stalls. Turkish market sellers love a good barter so get your best negotiating voice on and grab yourself a bargain to take home. From Izmir it’s easy to reach a number of other Turkey holiday destinations. Head to Cesme to take part in some beach activities or to Tire to try their famous meatballs. Whatever you decide to do on your Izmir holiday and whether you leave today or next year, at lastminute.com we have a fantastic range of deal that suit all budgets and desires. Find an Izmir holiday offer that’s perfect for you and escape to the Turkish coast for less. Book all your holidays to Turkey with lastminute.com
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