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1. Explore Historical Izmir Agora

Explore Historical Izmir Agora
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Agora Open Air Museum or the Agora of Smyrna houses the ruins of an ancient Greek & Roman marketplace and city centre. Situated in İzmir, Turkey, it is one of the best-preserved agoras in the world. This historic site is known for its dilapidated structures, graffiti, drawings and inscriptions.

2. Shop at Kemaralti Market

Shop at Kemaralti Market
4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Kemeralti Market is an old & mazy bazaar, a lively area of the city that is popular for its antiques & beautiful shops. The market is located at the curve of Anafartalar Street and spans from Konak Square to the ancient Agora. Established in the 17th century, the Kemeralti market houses various shops, cafes, local artisans' workshops, tea gardens, mosques, and other places of worship.

3. Konak Square

Konak Square
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Konak Square or Konak Meydani is a busy public square located in Konak district of Izmir. It is the city’s busiest part as it’s a common meeting place for many. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the square is known for government buildings, shops, restaurants and cafes. One can also feed birds here.

4. Take Photographs at Izmir Clock Tower

Take Photographs at Izmir Clock Tower
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

İzmir Clock Tower ( aka İzmir Saat Kulesi in Turkish) is a classical clock tower situated in Konak Square. It is the focal landmark of the city that boasts ottoman architecture. The tower stands next to the sea and the bazaar and is well-known for walking in the late evening. Also, the area has a clean ambience and is splendid for taking photographs.

5. Enjoy Panoramic Views from Asansor

Enjoy Panoramic Views from Asansor
3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
5 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Asansör is an old building and important landmark located in the Karatas quarter in Izmir. It offers sprawling views of the city and coastline of Izmir. There are two lifts that operate within the building, with a café, restaurant, and viewing platform on top.

6. Ride Izmir Cable Car

Ride Izmir Cable Car
4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
6 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Izmir Cable car or Izmir Teleferik is situated on Sakarya Street, in Balcova district. It offers stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city and Agean Sea below. The cable car's starting point is situated opposite Izmir Economy University Balcova. It consists of 20 colorful cable car cabins that can accommodate a maximum of 8 people.

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7. Hisar Camii

Hisar Camii
4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Hisar Mosque (Hisar Camii or the Fort Mosque) is an ancient mosque in Izmir and the largest & oldest place for Islamic gatherings in the city. It is known for elegantly designed interiors and has an Ottoman style of architecture. There are separate galleries for males and females, and both galleries embrace beautiful motifs of grapes and roses.

8. Kulturpark

Kulturpark
4.1 /5

4 km
from city center
8 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Kulturpark is a public park in the Konak district of Izmir. The lush-green space is home to various endemic and exotic flora with over 200 trees and plant species. It is enclosed by walls and has five entrance gates. In addition, Kulturpark houses an amusement park, a History and Art Museum, and a Parachute Tower, one of the 3 parachute towers in the world.

9. Walk Around Kadifekale Castle

Walk Around Kadifekale Castle
3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
9 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

An ancient hilltop fortress, Kadifekale Castle, also locally known as Kadifekale overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Izmir. Located at 186m above sea level, on Mt Pago, Kadifekale offers some splendid views of the calm waters and bustling city below. The insides of the castle today are relatively empty, though there are a mosque and cistern ruins. It has free entry and can be reached on a dolmus or using private vehicles. 

10. Izmir Wildlife Park

Izmir Wildlife Park
4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Izmir Wildlife Park is one of the largest zoos in Izmir located at Tuzla, Ahmet Piristina Caddesi, Cigli. It is home to almost 120 distinct animal species, such as ostrich, deer, zebra, monkey, lion, tiger, meerkat, crocodile, hippo, etc. The animals here do not live in cages like any other zoo. They are free to roam & dwell in their natural habitat. It is an ideal weekend getaway or picnic spot.

11. Cycling Around Kordon Promenade

Cycling Around Kordon Promenade
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
11 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

An icon of İzmir, the Kordon is a famous seafront promenade that stretches south from the Konak Pier to Konak Meydani and north from Cumhuriyet Meydani to Alsancak. Fully grassed and featuring paths which are suitable for both walking and cycling it is also an ideal place for enjoying views of the gorgeous seafront and watching the sunset. Along the eastern edge of the promenade are cafes, restaurants and bars.

12. See Colourful Murals at Saint Polycarp Church

See Colourful Murals at Saint Polycarp Church
4.1 /5

1 km
from city center
12 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Saint Polycarp Church located in Izmir is one of the oldest churches in Turkey. St. Polycarp is the patron saint of this Catholic Church who was the bishop of Smyrna and was burnt alive at the stake by the Romans as he refused to renounce his faith. The church looks elegantly subtle and simple from the outside. However, its interiors are richly decorated and expressively beautiful. The colorful murals, frescos, and the architecture of the walls, and pillars make it both marvelous and peaceful.

13. Basilica of St. John Izmir

Basilica of St. John Izmir
3.2 /5

29 km
from city center
13 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Basilica of St. John is an evangelist basilica situated close to the centre of Selçuk in İzmir. Originally a chapel built over the grave of St. John in the ancient city of Ephesus, it was converted into a magnificent Byzantine-style basilica under the rule of Emperor Justinian. One of the main attractions here is the tomb of St. John. Owing to numerous earthquakes, it is mainly in ruins today.

14. Camping & Hiking at Kara Lake

Camping & Hiking at Kara Lake
4.1 /5

16 km
from city center
14 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Kara Lake is a crater lake situated in the Menemen district of Izmir. It is set at an 810 m height and has an area of 35 ha. The lake is a loved spot for camping, hiking, and walking due to its natural features. Also, photography and bird watching are popular here.

15. Izmir Museum of History & Art

Izmir Museum of History & Art
4.0 /5

0 km
from city center
15 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Izmir History and Art Museum is an art museum set amidst the beautiful Kültür Park in Mimar Sinan. It exhibits unique works of Turkish culture & art and features Greek statues, sculptures, primaeval artefacts, & vintage coins.

16. Salepcioglu Mosque

Salepcioglu Mosque

1 km
from city center
16 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Salepcioglu Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Izmir with baroque-style architecture. It is located in Ugur, Dr. Faik Muhittin Adam Cd, beside Konark Square. With green-colored marbled exteriors, it has a single minaret and a large main dome alongside three smaller domes.

17. Izmir Ataturk Museum

Izmir Ataturk Museum
4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
17 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Izmir Ataturk Museum exhibits paintings, artefacts, furniture, and other personal items associated with Ataturk, the first president of Turkey. Located at Ataturk Ave. No. 24, Alsancak in downtown Izmir, it is set in a neoclassic style four-storey building, which is a fusion of Ottoman and Levantine architectures.

18. Yali Castle Aquapark

Yali Castle Aquapark
4.3 /5

63 km
from city center
18 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Gumuldur Yalı Castle Aquapark is a medieval-themed amusement & waterpark in Izmir. It is situated in Gümüldür, around 35 km from the city. It houses water sliders with boat slides, cauldron slides, and multi-slides. There is also a swimming pool with sunbed.

19. Key Museum

Key Museum
4.3 /5

30 km
from city center
19 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Key Museum is the largest automobile museum in Turkey, situated in Torbalı Izmir. Established in 2015, this museum has an expansive collection of restored classic cars & bikes along with automotive artefacts. It displays more than 165 classic and modern British, American, and German cars from 1930 to 1960.

20. Shopping at Kizlaragasi Hani

Shopping at Kizlaragasi Hani
3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
20 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

The Kızlarağası Hani or Kizlaragasi Inn is a bustling bazaar in Izmir where one can shop for carpets, clothes, handicrafts, jewellery, rugs, leather items, antique stores, musical instruments, souvenir shops, and more. Located in the area Halim Aga Carsisi, it is located inside the Kemeralti Bazaar. Do try Izmir’s traditional coffee baked in a cup sold in the many cafes here.

21. Arkas Sanat Merkezi

Arkas Sanat Merkezi
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
21 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Arkas Sanat Merkezi is an art museum located on Kordonboyu, Izmir. It is the first artistic center in Izmir that exhibits the works of international painters. A splendid 2 storied building that has survived the ravages of time, it has nine exhibition rooms and one atelier.

22. Izmir Museum

Izmir Museum
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
22 out of 22
things to do in Izmir

Izmir Museum houses artefacts belonging to ancient civilisations. This place contains the highest number of artefacts and items dating back to the 15th century. The presentation of these artefacts is somewhat ordinary. However, there are coins as well as other currencies which belong to the ancient species.

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How can I commute within Izmir?

Most parts of this cities can be enjoyed by walking, however you would find some ferries for easy comutation. There are other options such as taxis as well as metros which allow you to move around easily. Here you would also find bicycle renting facility which you can also opt for moving around the city.
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