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Top attractions in Izmir

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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.

Asansör
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Asansör

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)

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.

St. Polycarp Church
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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

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.

Mount Sipylus
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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
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • 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

Very informative and Pleasant Ephesus Tour!

Upon arrival we were pleasantly greeted right outside the port by Ahu, our tour guide to Ephesus. We were driven in a private vehicle to Ephesus and were given a thorough tour of Ephesus and the Terrace Houses. It was great to be able to see everything that Ephesus offered along with getting an overall descriptive narrative through Ahu. Ahu was not only a tour guide but she was very easy to speak to and made the tour fun for all of us. She even took us to a runway show which featured leather jackets. They were pricey so we didn’t buy anything but the experience was fun. I could have done without the rug shop but how the rugs were made may interest some. Overall, we had a great experience with Ahu and if we ever visit Turkey again we would be sure to look her up!

Ephesus: Full-Day Tour with Terrace Houses Visit Reviewed by Ernest, 07/21/2019

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

Better than any guided tour made by now!

Macking a private tour with driver and Profesional guide we gain time and spend quality time sowing that fabulous sites. For shore, in the future I will check first prior any tour if there are Profesional services dedicated to a small group or family interested to feel good :).

Ephesus, Priene, Miletos and Didyma Tour Reviewed by Adrian, 07/29/2018

The tour was excellent and the guide we had, Emre was the best.

The was tour was wonderful. You offered one of the best tour guides with a driver that was always on time. Emre was definitely exceptional and extremely knowledgeable on his subjects. Faruk was a very good driver. Thanks Faruk. Baie dankie Emre. Regards Koos and Nellie

4-Day Seven Churches of Revelation Tour Reviewed by Jacobus, 07/14/2019

Fabulous, great guide (Aycha),excellent service, beautiful place.*****

It was difficult at first to get the right unswer, but everybody did his best. Result: driver and guide on time to pick us up. Comfortable, clean vehicle. Excellent, wonderful knowledgeable guide (AYCHA). A MAJESTIC EXPERIENCE TO RECOMMEND.

Ephesus: Half-Day Tour from Kusadasi or İIzmir Reviewed by Maria, 09/10/2016