Izmir Travel guide
The city of Izmir is located in the Aegean
region in western turkey, at the gulf with the
same name Izmir. Called as the Peal of the
Aegean, is the third largest city and one of the
most important commercial and industrial centre
in the country. Izmir is also the second largest
Turkish sea port.
Studies and excavations prove that Izmir dates
back to 3000 B.C. During the ancient times Izmir
was known as Smyrna and was initially built on
the Tepekule site today as Bayrakli. Later, in
the Turkish era the city of Smyrna was re-named
Today the city presents Mediterranean Europe
influence contrasting the modern buildings with
its traditional character. Around the city there
are many historical sites from prehistoric
times, works and buildings, museums, typical
Mediterranean kitchen, handicrafts, festivals,
festivities, and other local cultural
Izmir is a prominent city for all that has to
offer. It is a cosmopolitan and lively city
where culture and entertainment are mixed. Izmir
is renowned for its museums, fish restaurants
along the shore, the bars, discotheques and
night clubs and for the remains of ancient
One of the landmarks of Izmir is Balcova where
is located Turkey's largest thermal spas. The
Culture Park in the Alsancak district is another
well known spot where many fairs are held during
the year, being the most important the
International Izmir Festival in September. This
festival features music and dance shows, as well
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