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"Pearl of the Aegean"

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Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey (after Istanbul and Ankara) and the second biggest port. It is a modern metropolitan with a developed and busy city centre surrounded by a large bay. Located on the coast of the Aegean sea, Izmir is known for its beaches and watersports.

Izmir is one of the cities which has almost 4000 years of history. It is one of the oldest cities, continuously inhabited since 8500 years.  Previously called Smyrna, the main centre of Izmir is Konark Square. It is lined with modern buildings and shopping centres intermingling with traditional red-tiled roofs, old mosques and churches. Considering how old the city is, Izmir does not have a lot of historical sites due to the great fire of the 1920s.

Izmir is a gateway into a world of modernity and traditions. It has more of a European style of living and tends to give a very little impression of being one of the prime cities of Turkey. Izmir is decorated like a painting during the spring, with blooming hyacinth flowers and lush trees. It is also known as the city where the sun never sets because it receives ample sunshine throughout the year.

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Airport Metro: The most economical way of travelling to the city from the airport is by metro. However, it is located at the national (domestic) terminal, which is a 5-minute walk away. It costs around TL 15 to the city centre. You can also take Havas shuttles, ESHOT shuttles, and IZBAN trains to arrive at the city center.

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Language of Izmir

While mostly around the city you will find people speaking Turkish, there are some who known Arabic as well. Since it is a major tourist place, you will find English speaking people as well.

History of Izmir

Izmir is a city which is known to be the source of modernisation among most of the ancient civilisations. This place was previously called Smyrna and was located on an island in the bay. Izmir is inhabited by humans since 3000 B.C. and is one of the few cities established during the bronze age.

Nightlife in Izmir

Izmir is located near the bay and is known to be full of parties as well as celebrations going on all through the night. One of the common places which is appreciated by many is the Kordor pub and cafe. The interior is amazing the parties as well as the sound is wonderful. You would also find other cafes which offer this exquisite as well as cheerful environment.

Shopping in Izmir

There aren't much of artifacts as well as craft sold in Izmir and you would normally find people shopping in the two famous malls located in the city, one being Forum, the other one being Konak Pier. Incase you are looking for some souveniers, then the Kemaretti centre is pretty famous in and around this area.

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What is the best time to visit Izmir?

May to August is the best time to visit Izmir. The place has got a Mediterranean climatic condition most of the year. During the peak season, the weather is warm and great to roam around the places. October is warm in Izmir and not hot, with cooler evenings. This makes the evening strolls excellent too. The average temperature from mid-September and October ranges between 18°C to 23°C. The hottest month is July, and the temperature gets an average high of around 33°C. Summers are all about plentiful of sunrays with approximately 14 hours of broad daylight. There’s a lot of rainfall during autumn months, and the average precipitation range is of about 40 mm. However, the wettest of all months are December and January, which gets more than 13 days of rain and an average of 137 mm of precipitation every year.
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What is the local food in Izmir?

Turkish people normally consume fried vegetable such as eggplant, potatoes alongwith yogurt and sauce. Some of the famous dishes of this place are Menemen and cilbir. Tomatoes, Sheep Cheese etc, are also consumed here on regular basis.
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What are the places near Izmir?

The top places near to Izmir are Pamukalle which is 181 km from Izmir, Istanbul which is located 327 km from Izmir, Antalya which is located 357 km from Izmir, Kas which is located 331 km from Izmir, Mykonos which is located 192 km from Izmir

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