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Travel Tips to Izmir (ADB)
Izmir: Wining and dining by the sea
Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey. It is bordered by a beautiful hilly landscape and the bright blue Aegean Sea. There is very little in the way of mass tourism; however, there are countless cruise ships that dock in the attractive harbour during the summer. Many tourists take flights to Izmir as a starting point when touring ancient sites such as Pergamon and Ephesus, which are located approximately 80 kilometres away. The kilometre-long waterfront promenade means walking is pleasant and romantic. It also offers great opportunities to meet locals who jog, fish or enjoy their coffees there in the mornings. Enjoy stunning views of the sea while feasting on a delicious breakfast in one of the cosy cafes.
Gorgeous panorama and traditional souvenirs
A very popular destination is the fortress Kadifekale. Today, only a few pieces of the castle wall remain on Pagos Hill. Nevertheless, the magnificent view over the city is worth the uphill journey of 186 metres. Izmir is particularly vibrant during the evenings when many of the locals come out to enjoy the live music and charming atmosphere. Among the castle ruins you will find beautifully handmade products, from knitted socks to woven handbags, being sold as souvenirs.
Wildlife in beautiful nature
The Izmir Wildlife Park houses around 1,500 animals belonging to 120 species and 65,000 trees, in a natural flora and fauna habitat. Animals kept at the zoo - including apes, elephants, beasts and reptiles - wander freely in their large enclosures. However, the 425,000-square foot animal park has many paths leading through it. Observation towers enable onlookers to view the lively inhabitants safely. A picturesque breeding site was created for wild birds directly at the entrance, which attracts many flamingos, swans and ducks.
The finest of antique treasures
The famous Archaeology Museum in Izmir was opened in 1984. Initially there were only two such facilities in the city. However, as more important finds were added, this new large facility was built on a greater area of 5,000 square metres. Today, it has 1,500 monuments including the outstanding collection of Klazomenian Sarcophagi. These are made from fired clay and came from a neighbouring archaeological site. There are also numerous architectural pieces from ancient cities, mosaics and statues. The museum’s excavations and research on this historical city ensures it is able to regularly display new exhibition pieces. Book a flight to Izmir with FlyDoha and enjoy this city full of ancient treasures!