Izmir Area

Izmir Area holidays

At the top end of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is the exciting region of Izmir. These parts are big on beaches, 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 right on your doorstep – we’re talking bucket-list landmark, Ephesus. You’re also well placed to enjoy the hot springs of Pamukkale or get lost among the beauty of the Dilek National Park. If you’re looking to mix lazy beach days with a good dash of culture, this is the perfect cocktail. 

Popular Izmir Holiday Resorts

Izmir Holidays
KoruMar Ephesus Beach & Spa Resort
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KoruMar Ephesus Beach & Spa Resort

Kusadasi, Izmir Area

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  • Beachfront
  • On-site Aqua park
  • Excellent restaurants
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Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & Spa
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Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & Spa

Kusadasi, Izmir Area

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  • UNLIMITED entry to Aqua Fantasy Aquapark included
  • Excellent range of activities
  • A great choice for families
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  • Certified sustainable hotel
Palm Wings Ephesus Beach Resort
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£684pp
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  • London Stansted, Fri 25 Apr 2025
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Palm Wings Ephesus Beach Resort

Kusadasi, Izmir Area

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  • Ideal for families
  • Pools with waterslides
  • Excellent beachfront location
  • Choice of bars & restaurants
  • Children's club and playground
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Language

Turkish

Currency

Turkish Lira (₺)

Time difference

+2hrs

Local beer

£2.20

Meal for two

£20

Average flight time

4hrs

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 welcoming 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.

Kusadasi

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.

Akbuk

A cosy pick for a laid-back vibe, Akbuk is all about little beaches, shallow swells and tree-lined prettiness.

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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Altinkum Beach

Altinkum Beach

Altinkum, Izmir Area

Altinkum translates as 'golden sands', which is pretty apt as the resort is split into three beach sections: first, second and third! The first is alongside a promenade packed with bars and eateries, and you...
Didim Manastlr Koyu

Didim Manastlr Koyu

Altinkum, Izmir Area

This gently shelving bay with golden sandy beach is great for families and much quieter than the main beaches as it's off the beaten track. The kids will love jumping over the waves, while the soft sands are...

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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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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Aqua Fantasy

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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Beachfront restaurants

Beachfront restaurants

Akbuk, Izmir Area

With over twenty permanent restaurants and bars and more springing up in the summer season, there’s food for any palate on offer in Akbuk. Authentic Turkish dishes such as Beyti Sarma and Iskender can be found...
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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Saturday Market

Saturday Market

Altinkum, Izmir Area

Didim's Saturday market is the place to find designer brands at a fraction of the designer prices. Be prepared to part with your cash as you check out the rows of shaded stalls packed with everything from...
Dolphin Square's tourist shops

Dolphin Square's tourist shops

Altinkum, Izmir Area

Haggle your way to a fantastic bargain in Dolphin Square, which is the main place for shopping in Altinkum. All the stores are open late at night when the area is at its liveliest. If you're looking for...

Nightlife

The after-dark scene is pretty modest, but you’ll still find your fair share of traditional bars and atmospheric restaurants. Teos Marina in Seferihisar is a great place to spend an evening, and an even better place to watch the sun go down.

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