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Turkey’s most laid-back city has all the richness of an urban center combined with the chill vibe of a city on the sea.

If you’re looking for a laid-back coastal Turkish city, you can’t beat Izmir. Known as Istanbul’s liberal Aegean cousin, Izmir has a rich history and a distinct cultural identity. As the country’s third largest center, Izmir has all the draw of a major urban center while offering an easy escape to the sea. The traces of its former populations, including Greeks and Jews, are still visible, while its 20th-century identity as a secular bastion stays strong. Izmir is a city where you can spend the day wandering the shaded streets and swimming in the nearby sea, and spend the nights enjoying meyhane culture, with tables full of meze accompanied with raki, the local anise liquor.

The city is laid out around the Bay of Izmir, and its port has served communities and empires over hundreds of years. The historic center of the city is the Konak district, a neighborhood that contains many of the main tourist attractions in Izmir, including the city’s iconic clock tower. While this is a modern center of a modern city, the ancient history pokes through, with sites like the Agora of Smyrna and the Kadifekale castle dotted throughout the district.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Izmir

Spend some time in Izmir on a tour that takes in other cities in Turkey and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Izmir and other destinations throughout Turkey and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Izmir

Historic boutique hotel in Izmir
Historic boutique hotel
A charming historic boutique hotel in the Old Town of Izmir.
Modern seaside hotel in Izmir
Modern seaside hotel
A modern hotel in an excellent location, close to several points of interest.
Large luxury hotel in Izmir
Large luxury hotel
A stylish, clean, and comfortable hotel with a rooftop bar-restaurant that boasts stunning views.

Things to do in Izmir

There's a wide choice of accommodation in Izmir but picking the best place can be hard if you don't know the city. We've hand-picked the very best options with respect to location and price levels, so you can be sure you'll be staying somewhere that's perfect for you. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Pergamon Private Tour
Pergamon Private Tour
Pamukkale Hierapolis Private Tour
Pamukkale Hierapolis Private Tour
Izmir Gourmet Private Tour
Izmir Gourmet Private Tour
Classic Ephesus Private Tour
Classic Ephesus Private Tour
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