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11 Amazing Things to Do in Izmir, Turkey

Touted as the pearl of Aegean, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey.
Priya Johnson Jul 27, 2020
A symbol and icon of Izmir, this early 1900 tower stands tall in Konak Square. The main highlight of this tower is its clock that has never stopped ticking even once since its inception.
Clock Tower
Asansor – The Lift
This historical structure was built to connect the two roads that were at different heights. Head up Asansor in its historical elevator and enjoy a spectacular, panoramic view of Izmir and the Aegean Sea.
Ferry View of Izmir
A ferry ride across Izmir Bay is a wonderful way to get a glimpse of the Izmir skyline. A trip at sunset is spectacular.
Kordon Promenade
Walk along the promenade or rent a bicycle and ride along with the gorgeous view of the Aegean Sea as your backdrop. You can even hop into one of their horse-driven carts and enjoy the sunset here.
Kadifekale Castle
Situated on one of the highest points of the city, this castle, although now in ruins is a wonderful place to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city and the Gulf of Izmir.
Ruins of Ephesus
Touted to be one of the most well preserved ancient ruins, this architectural marvel is included in one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Agora Open Air Museum
This ancient ruin site is a definite treat for history buffs and although in ruins, the remnants are reminders of the glorious past. An interesting place to visit.
Kemeralti Bazaar
Like most Turkish bazaars, this one is a hustling-bustling marketplace lined with all kinds of antique stores and wares. A wonderful place to pick up some souvenirs.
Konak Pier
Another interesting place to hang out is the Konak Pier, where you can interact with the local, eat at the lovely cafes there and also soak in the local charm of the place.
Turkish Tea and Coffee
Enjoy the Turkish tea and coffee culture all over the city, whether it’s in a café by the promenade or in a quaint café with the locals. Sweet and savory snacks are often enjoyed along with a cup of tea or coffee.
Turkish Delicacies
While Turkey is known for an array for delicious food, a must-try is a mussel dish called Midye. Gözleme is yet another scrumptious stuffed flat bread that is a must-try.