Izmir Area

Izmir Area holidays

Sitting pretty above Bodrum on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is the exciting region of Izmir. These parts are big on beaches and bars, so seaside fun is definitely on the cards. You can expect a taste of tradition too, with old town walls hiding Turkish tavernas and bustling bazaars, plus some epic ancient sites on your doorstep. If you’re looking to mix beach days with a good dash of culture, this is the perfect cocktail.

Korumar Ephesus Beach & Spa Resort.
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Korumar Ephesus Beach & Spa Resort.

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

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  • Brand new hotel
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  • Waterpark with 7 waterslides
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Aria Claros Beach & Spa Resort
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Aria Claros Beach & Spa Resort

Ozdere, Izmir Area

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  • Beautiful location
  • Spacious rooms
  • Children's splash park
  • Pool with waterslides
  • Choice of bars & restaurants
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Language

Turkish

Currency

Turkish Lira

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

around 15TL a bottle

3 course meal

around 70TL

Flight times

4-4.5hrs

Beach days

Around here, sun-bleached sands come as standard, so expect to be spoilt for choice when choosing a spot to plant your towel on. We’re talking long and sandy, to jam-packed with sports. As life really revolves around the seafront, you’ll have all the restaurants and handy amenities you could wish for on tap.

Ancient attractions

You can’t get more ‘bucket list’ than the ancient city of Ephesus. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a short drive from Izmir’s main coastal towns, so it’s good day-tripping territory. Get ready to tick off well-preserved ruins, along with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You’re also well placed to enjoy the hot springs of Pamukkale, or get lost among the beauty of the Dilek National Park.

Fun in the sun

Kusadasi is the flagship resort around here thanks to its something-for-all attitude. Wide sands, shallow waters and three waterparks mean it’s no surprise it’s a fab choice for families. Leisure may be its forte, but Kusadasi still oozes old-school character in its city walls and souk-like stalls. The after-dark bar scene is pretty upbeat too.

Izmir Area resorts

Kusadasi - Izmir

If you’re seeking solace in a place that’s as big on culture as it is on leisure, this is the spot.

Ozdere

The little town of Özdere lies on the coastline around 70km south of the city of Izmir.

Beaches

The sandy stretches come in all shapes and sizes in the Izmir region, with everything from pretty pebbled patches to shimmering stretches of glistening golden sand – and Cesme’s are some of the best. Many of the beaches charge a fee, so be sure to check in advance if you don’t fancy shelling out!

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Head to Ladies Beach

Head to Ladies Beach

Izmir Area

You’d be forgiven for thinking this beach was just for females – in fact, it once was! But today this stunning sandy stretch is open for all. It’s a popular spot, so it’s almost always busy, so get here early...
Ladies Beach

Ladies Beach

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

This sandy beach is a favourite with locals on Sundays. Its name comes from its history, when only ladies could use it. But now you’ll find it open to anyone. It’s nice and clean, and has a number of great bars...

Sights

History is a big part of this region’s appeal, and old world wonders offer visitors a welcome snapshot into Izmir’s past. But it’s not just about the remarkable ruins, this area’s also home to some fabulous attractions including markets, museums and magical marinas.

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Basilica of St. John

Basilica of St. John

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

This majestic basilica was constructed during the reign of Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 AD. Originally, it was in the shape of a cross and protected by six grand domes. Guests can wander the courtyards...
Ephesus Archaeological Museum

Ephesus Archaeological Museum

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

Recently reopened after renovation, this museum houses artefacts from the Temple of Artemis, findings from the Cukurici Mound and items from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Guests can view fascinating videos...

Activities

Whether you’re an animal fan or an art lover, you won’t be short of options when it comes to filling your days in Izmir. The events calendar is worth checking out too! Held every year during June and July, the annual International Izmir Festival will be music to your ears.

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Adaland Waterpark

Adaland Waterpark

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

The water parks are a paradise for holiday makers looking to get a little bit of an adventure. Slip down long and twisting slides or relax on a lounger with an ice cream and a cocktail. Most parks have access...
Arkas Art Center

Arkas Art Center

Izmir Area

Arty types, step this way for an enchanting exhibition. The Arkas Art Center is centrally located and free to enter, and there’s always something new to see as the displays change regularly. The building itself...

Eating and drinking

Local cafés and restaurants offer food with a view, so pull up a pew on a marina-side seat and tuck into some of Turkey’s most iconic dishes. Grilled meats, fresh breads and colourful salads are menu staples, with seafood also a popular option.

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Avlu Restaurant

Avlu Restaurant

Kusadasi - Izmir, Izmir Area

This restaurant has a glass-fronted courtyard with a relaxing atmosphere and serves drinks and such in fine silver decanters. Make sure to try the traditional Turkish cuisine produced in the open kitchen, such...
Local cafés and restaurants

Local cafés and restaurants

Ozdere, Izmir Area

Get a taste of traditional Turkey in Ozdere’s cluster of local bars and restaurants. Grilled meats, toasted breads and juicy salads are regulars on the menus, with seafood also a popular choice. All the...

Shopping

Markets are a way of life in these parts, so brush shoulders with the locals as you stock up on some traditional fare and wears. If it’s high street fashion you’re after, then make for the mega malls where you’ll find many of the brands you know and love from back home.

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Mavibahce Shopping Centre

Mavibahce Shopping Centre

Izmir Area

Home to familiar high-street faves including H&M, Clinique, MAC and Mango, Mavibahçe is a fashionista’s dream! It’s open until 10pm and there’s also a huge selection of restaurants as well as a cinema. You...
Ozdere Market

Ozdere Market

Ozdere, Izmir Area

Small in size but big on charm, the open-air market in Ozdere’s is worth a visit. It might not be the largest market in the region, but you’ll see stalls with mountains of spices in every shade of ochre, plus...
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