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Downtown

This guide is under: Explore the City

Izmir is the 3rd largest City in Turkey and the 2nd largest sea port.

Following the Turkish revolutionary war much of the city needed to be rebuilt; as a result the city today is an interesting mixture of modern High rise buildings with wide tree lined boulevards. There are still many traditional houses and chateaus hidden away to discover though.

Izmir enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, which is probably why the street life is so lively. A walk on the Kordon reveals an endless line of restaurants, bistros, bars, coffee shops and tea houses all spilling onto the street. In many cases so close together it is often difficult to know exactly which place you are actually relaxing in.

A visit to Izmir can not be complete without spending a few hours wandering round the Market Area of Kemeralti. This is a bustling bazaar where literally anything can be purchased. It is a confusing warren of small allies, dead ends, connecting squares, shopping centers, offices, workshops, cinemas, Mosques and just about anything else you can think of, there is even a renovated Karavan Sarai hidden in there. You are pretty much guaranteed to lose your way, but don’t panic you will find your way out eventually.

The Culture Park in the Alsancak district hosts the annual Izmir International Fair, held every year in September. The rest of the year many other fairs and expos take place also. In addition to serving the commercial needs of the city the Culture Park provides a relaxing green area in the middle of the city for the residents to lay back, drink tea play backgammon and smoke a “hubbly bubbly pipe” (Nargile) or even exercise on the running track.

The city of Izmir itself does not possess any beaches however a short journey (20 minutes) to the North, East or South of the city will take you to either hustling tourist resorts, or quiet secluded peaceful beaches, of course the choice is yours.

The region has been inhabited since 3000 BC so the area is rich in historical sites, these can be found within the city (Kadifekale – Bayrakli) but also within a short drive you can find Ephesus, Pregamum, Sardis, Teos and many more places to explore.

Places to Stay Downtown

5-Star Hotels *****

Hilton Izmir
Address : Gazi Osmanpasa Bulvari No 7, Izmir, TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 497 60 60
Fax : +90 232 497 60 00
Crowne Plaza Izmir
Address : Inciralti Mevkii 10 Sokak No : 67 Balcova – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 292 13 00
Fax : +90 232 292 13 13
Princess Otel Izmir 
Address : 35330 Balcova – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 238 51 51
Fax : +90 232 239 09 39

4-Star Hotels ****

Ege Palas
Address : Cumhuriyet Bulvari No:210 35220 Alsancak – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 463 90 90
Fax : +90 232 463 81 00
Otel Kaya Prestige
Address : Sair Esref Bulvari 1371 Sokak No: 7 Cankaya – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 483 03 23
Fax : +90 232 489 22 99
Anemon Hotel
Address : Murselpasa Bulvari No:40 – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 446 36 56
Fax : +90 232 446 36 55
Palm City Otel Izmir
Address : Murselpasa Bulv. No:149 Kahramanlar – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 445 80 80
Fax : +90 232 425 48 48
Aksan Otel
Address : Gaziler Cad. No:214-216 Kapilar – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 441 70 61
Fax : +90 232 441 70 60
Otel Karaca 
Address : Necatibey Bulv. 1379 Sokak No:55 Cankaya – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 489 19 40
Fax : +90 232 483 14 98
Otel Kaya
Address : Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No:45 Cankaya – Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 483 97 71
Fax : +90 232 483 97 73
Hotel Izmir Palas
Address : Ataturk Bulvari 35210 Izmir / TURKIYE
Phone : +90 232 421 55 83
Fax : +90 232 422 6870