How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Izmir, Turkey

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Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Turkey’s third largest city is also one of its most liberal and has deep historic roots from having been an important port city since ancient times. From its sparkling Aegean coast to its many historic sights, Izmir has a lot to see and do, we’ve rounded up some of the essentials to make the most of your trip.

1. Go shopping at the Kemeraltı Market


Close to Konak Square, you’ll find this colorful bazaar, which dates back to the 17th century and features shops, small restaurants, tea gardens, and artisan workshops, as well as a few hidden churches and synagogues. One of the most authentic experiences you can have in Izmir, make sure to lose yourself among the labyrinthine streets with beautiful caravanserais and hidden courtyards.

2. Visit the Izmir Museum of History and Art


One of Turkey’s largest collections of ancient artifacts, the Izmir Museum of History and Art has three pavilions with beautiful sculptures, precious objects, ceramics, jewelry, and much more from ancient Smyrna, Teos, Miletos, and Pergamon. Do spend a while browsing through the sculpture pavilion, a truly magnificent collection.

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