Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and is located on the Aegean coast and it has the second biggest port after Istanbul. Its transport hub is excellent with its Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB) and its rail and road network. Its population is around 4 million and about 2 million of those are under the age of 30. Izmir is a city brimming with vitality and it’s thriving with university students, educated scientists, artists, business leaders and academics. The city is expanding and is a favourite holiday destination with tourists from around the world. Infact they tend to fall in love with Izmir and buy property there.
It was once known as Smyrna and was founded by the Greeks, the Romans then ruled
and it was rebuilt by Alexander the Great. In the 15th century the Ottoman Empire ruled Izmir.
Sightseeing and history buffs visit to view the wonderful archaeological treasures including the Roman Agora of Smyrna which is now an open-air museum and the hilltop Kadifekale (Velvet Castle) which was built during Alexander the Greats reign.
Today Izmir is a modern city and commercial hub it is surrounded by mountains and there is a large bay which keeps this modern evolving city looking traditional and charming. Beautiful old buildings and mosques mix together well with luxury glass fronted buildings and large shopping malls.
In upmarket Alsancak you could be forgiven for thinking you are in Paris, with its designer stores and first class restaurants along the harbour, it looks typically Mediterranean with an air of authentic Turkey.
Indeed Izmir is a cosmopolitan city with many different cultures and religions living harmoniously together and the blend simply works. Its climate is sunny with 300 days of sunshine per year, just another draw to keep visitors from leaving.