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New route to Izmir

from £71


Known as the “Pearl of the Aegean” Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city with a bustling atmosphere and ancient heritage. Izmir is the gateway to holiday resorts along the Anatolian coast with the resorts of Çesme and Kusadasi just over an hour’s drive away. The ancient site of Ephesus is also easily accessible.

Known for

  • Rich heritage - since ancient times when it was the Greek city of Smyrna, Izmir has been populated by Persians, Romans and Ottomans, giving the city a deep culture and a local lifestyle that is both laid-back and welcoming.
  • Beaches - the resorts of Çesme and Kusadasi offer a range of beaches from secluded coves to sandy beaches, and lively promenades. Here on the Aegean coast it’s all about the water, so if you want to laze on golden sand or take part in water sports, Turkey’s Aegean coast has something for you.
  • History - with Ephesus, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, only an hour from Izmir, make sure you make time to visit this fascinating site. Highlights include the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre, a Roman theatre that could hold 25,000 people.

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Spend some time soaking up the atmosphere in Izmir and enjoying the laid back atmosphere. A visit to Kemeralti Market is a must. This 17th century bazaar hums with life and it popular with locals and tourists alike. Shops, coffeehouses and tea gardens are all crowded into its narrow lanes. Take some time out to visit one of the city’s hidden gems, the Museum of History and Art which is crammed with treasures from the ancient world. Once you’ve finished with the museum, head down to the iconic seafront kordon (promenade) to stretch your legs and watch the sun set from one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants.

To the west of Izmir lies the relaxed coastal resort of Çesme, which has a long seafront promenade, a 16th century castle and several thermal springs in the vicinity. Alternatively, visit one of the white sand beaches, like Altlnkum Beach, dotted along the Çesme peninsula.

Further south at Kusadasi, there are a choice of eight beaches including Long Beach with its 5km stretch of golden sand. If relaxation isn’t your thing there are windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing schools as well as two popular water parks, Adaland and pirate-themed Tortuga Water Park. After a day on the beach sample Kusadasi’s lively nightlife.

Kusadasi is also the starting point for day trips to Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved of Turkey’s ancient cities. A day visiting the fascinating archaeological sites will give you a feel for what life was like in ancient times.

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