Izmir

Izmir historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country’s largest port after Istanbul. It is located in the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the capital of Izmir Province. It is also called Pearl of the Aegean.

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The city itself is of course absolutely worth a visit. Konak Square and Konak street are the best points to start your visit. The famous clocktower, a beautiful marble tower that rests in the middle of the Konak district ,symbol of the city, is on Konak as is the Asansor – the elevator used to transport goods from the harbour to the Halil Rifat quarter.

A city of palm-lined promenades, avenues and green parks set in sweeping curves along a circular bay, Izmir has an exceptionally mild climate and many fine hotels.

While you are in the area make sure to visit Urla, Cesme and Seferihisar which has lots of historical sites nearby. The best view in Izmir watch the sun set at the top of the Kadifekale East of the city at 250m high top, over looking to Aegean sea. Also 20km west of Konak square at Balcova, take a tour to the mountain by a cable railway and enjoy the view from the forest.

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