5 Reasons to visit İzmir, one of the most beautiful destinations in Turkey
Izmir which is on the Aegean coast of Turkey, opposite Greek peninsula receives millions of visitors from all over the World as well as from other Turkish cities like Istanbul and Ankara, each year. We could name many reasons for this popularity but there are 5 major reasons why so many guests come to Izmir and surroundings and spend time in one of the nicest regions of the world.
1- First one can easily reach Izmir from all around the world using direct connections mostly. This is certainly a great advantage for a city with so much to offer as we know both domestic and international transportation are important factors for people targeting to spend a relaxing time on their holidays. Thus one can take direct flights to 34 countries and 86 destinations and also can travel to İzmir from many of different countries via İstanbul which is only one hour of flight distance away. Moreover you can travel from this city to a lot of prominent spots such as Cappadocia in Turkey in a few hours, not to forget direct scheduled flights are available to other cities such as Antalya, Mardin, Gaziantep etc.
2- Secondly, Izmir is one of the perfect places in the world to spend a happy holiday due to its sun, beautiful sea and friendly people. In fact, Aegean and Izmir are so closely associated with words such as sun, sea and sand… Most of the blue flag beaches that offer sports activities such as “”diving, fishing and windsurfing” are located in this region of the country. One can enjoy Izmir, the city of fun, and joy 300 days of the year.
3- Izmir is a very unique destination with its cultural and historical attraction sites. In this part of Turkey one can explore historical richness dating back to 8,500 years go in time. Izmir is proud to host two of the fifteen historical spots of Turkey included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. These are PERGAMON and and EPHESUS, listed in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The historical BIRGI City located in ÖDEMİŞ district is on the UNESCO Temporary List of World Heritage. Historians say the city was founded twice. They believe the first settlement of ancient Smyrna dates back to 3,000 BC. The second foundation of the town in Kadifekale (Pagos) by one of the generals of Alexander the Great dates back to 4th Century.
4- One of the very unique features Izmir can offer is certainly its cuisine with a lot of olive oil, various herbs and sea food in specific… The land is very suitable for farming fresh vegetables to be in the first place and it is not difficult to see thee reigon has strongly been affected a blend of several cultures which has put together a very unique variety of food. For those who like Cretan, Greek, Balkan and of course Turkish cuisine, dining in Izmir will be certainly be an enjoyable experience. On the other hand Izmir has two trademark tastes namely boyoz, a mix of sunflower oil and flour and a little sesame paste is a round pastry made plain, or with meat, spinach or cheese filling and Kumru, a special kind of sandwich, featuring kasseri cheese, sucuk (spicy sausage), and slices of tomato.
5- And last but not least, Izmir is a city full of life and joy that makes you feel at home… You can do a lot of sight-seeing in the city or nearby places on short excursions and mingle with friendly local people… There are so many places to get to know both in Izmir and nearby such as historical KEMERALTI Bazaar, crystal clear sea of ÇEŞME ILICA, local product bazaar of ÖDEMİŞ which is thousands of square meters wide and the amazing ambiance of fortress at SIĞACIK of SEFERIHISAR the first Citta Slow town in Turkey and enjoy unforgettable memories…
As mentioned above there are many more reasons to make you want to visit this beautiful town.. So you should create an opportunity to come over and see it for yourself… Izmir will be waiting for you with open arms …