Posted on 25 January 2018
The sprawling city of Izmir is a province and metropolitan municipality of Turkey located along the Aegean coast in western Anatolia. It is the third most populous city after both Istanbul and Ankara. It is also the second most populous city on the Aegean Sea after Athens in Greece.
Izmir was once known historically as Smyrna and boasts one of Turkey’s largest ports which can be found in the Gulf of Izmir.
For the last 5000 years Izmir Province has been of historical importance to Turkey and its no surprise to learn it is also one of the oldest cities of the Mediterranean. Today Izmir is a modern thriving city full of splendid avenues and important buildings. Old and new buildings mix well together with Konak as the hub of the commercial centre of Izmir. The main residential areas of Izmir to the southwest of the city are in Karantina and Güzelyalı whilst to the north is the residential area of Eşrefpaşa
Kadifekale (Mount Pagus) is located south of the commercial centre and this is where the old citadel of Izmir was erected.
Upmarket Alsancak with its designer boutiques, shops and eateries lies to the north of the city. The harbour area is busy with delightful restaurants and city workers congregate here for lunch and after hours. You can also find here holiday makers and visitors enjoying the harbour area before indulging in a spot of shopping.
Izmir is a working city and the industrial areas are found in the northeast along the gulf and hidden way in the suburbs. The port is busy with exporting Izmir’s goods including tobacco, cotton, figs and vegetables. Exports from Turkey’s eastern provinces pass through Izmir’s port including a variety of agricultural products, plus silk and of course the famous Turkish carpets called Kilims.