Turkey‘s third-largest city is proudly liberal and deeply cultured. Garlanded around the azure-blue Bay of İzmir, it has been an important Aegean port since ancient times, when it was the Greek city of Smyrna, and its seafront kordon (promenade) is as fetching and lively as any in the world. …
Foreign visitors here are largely limited to business travellers and tourists en route to Ephesus. The reason for this is a mystery to us, as the city is home to compelling attractions including one of Turkey’s most fascinating bazaars, an impressive museum of history and art, and a local lifestyle as laid-back as it is welcoming.
I did enjoy Izmir.
With it’s pedestrian malls and long seaside promenade it’s a very walkable city for the tourist.
There are always at least a hundred fishermen monopolizing the space closest to the sea.
Wandering the old city Kemeraltı market is a trip.
Population is about 3 million, most of whom have an ocean view. The city sprawls over rolling hills.
Thousands walk the promenade at dusk. That’s the best time and place in Izmir.
I skipped the Izmir Museum of History & Art. And only checked out the ancient Agora through the fence. (I’d spent all my Turkish lira by the last day.)
Turkey is the 13th biggest economy by Gross Domestic Product.
19th in world population rankings. It’s a huge nation.