An Izmir city break is a failsafe way to awaken the senses. From exploring medieval castles to practicing water sports and shopping in bustling bazaars, there’s always something to do in this buzzing and beautiful metropolis, also known as the ‘Pearl of Turkey’. Indulge yourself in exquisite seafood while watching the sun set behind the sea, escape to a secluded peaceful beach or live it up in a nightclub until the early hours.
Whether you want to tour Izmir’s bustling city center or practice water sports in a seaside resort, this guide to Izmir’s hotels by neighborhood will help you find the right area for you. From budget, family-run or luxury accommodation, there are hotels to please every kind of traveler, but the number of choices might overwhelm you. While Izmir’s waterfront is lined by large sophisticated hotels, inland there are more budget and midrange options, especially around Kemeralti Bazaar and Basmane train station.
Hardcore shoppers are in for a blast in Izmir. Whether your passion is fashion, shoes, accessories, homeware, or local items, the city boasts a huge collection of shops selling every item imaginable. Walk down the streets to discover designer boutiques, antique establishments and local crafts or come across street sellers that wander from corner to corner.
Fussy eaters won’t go hungry in Izmir. From traditional Turkish cuisine to exotic dishes and hearty British food, the city is awash with dining establishments that satisfy the most whimsical cravings. A locals’ favorite is the scrumptious Aegean cuisine served in seaside resorts: freshly caught fish and seafood served with a crunchy salad and washed down with a traditional glass of Raki.
Ancient constructions, bazaars, wildlife, water sports… things to pique a traveler’s interest never end in Izmir. As the beating heart of the Aegean coast, Izmir stands in the midst of ancient history, art, culture and Mediterranean sandy beaches. For an unforgettable view of the city, watch the sunset from the city’s castle, get lost in time as you stroll around one of the best-preserved ancient Greek cities, and set your pulse racing as you surf the sea with the wind brushing you by.
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