Izmir is really making its mark on Turkey’s tourism industry. Holiday makers have discovered the beaches alone make it worth the visit – they morph from the vacant stretches of sand in northern Candarli to the windsurfing hub in western Alacati.
In terms of big resorts, Kusadasi is the name on most people’s lips. Offering up white sand and shallow waters, the beaches here are firm favourites with families. What’s more, the town is crammed with restaurants, souvenir shops and bars. But that doesn’t mean it’s lost touch with its traditional Side. Head into the heart of the backstreets and you’ll discover the Grand Bazaar. This ancient market place is bursting with exotic spices, hand-woven carpets, and magic-looking lamps.
Izmir Town follows closely on Kusadasi’s heels. Turkey’s third-largest city calls itself ‘the beautiful waterfront’ thanks to its sweeping harbour, stylish waterfront eateries and palm-lined pier.
Finally, you can’t talk about the Izmir province without mentioning Ephesus. This ancient city is one of the best preserved Roman settlements in the world. Libraries, gymnasiums and a great amphitheatre are just some of its highlights.
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