Welcome to beautiful Izmir, the frontier and Sunshine city of Turkey. Izmir, with its 8500 Years of history, is gloriously situated on the Western edge of Turkey, the bountiful, the fruitful And the beautiful. Izmir, the city of olives, figs and grapes, the land of the natural, organic and fresh. The beautiful Izmir, which offers visitors many options for unique holiday experience, pulls you into a world of picturesque modernity and traditions, with its refreshing touches to the human souls.
Once known as the ancient harbour city Smyrna, İzmir is now the 3rd most populated city in Turkey. Throughout history Izmir has always been a major commercial center on the Aegean coastline of Anatolia. Recognised as one of the most westernised cities in Turkey, Izmir is home to many cultural events, art exhibitions, foyers and museums including the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museums and the Izmir State Opera and Ballet. The most appealing characteristic of Izmir is the nearby towns and tourist attractions including the spectacular ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus (Efes), the best-preserved classical city on the Eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus was famous due to the one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Temple of Artemis. In the Roman period Ephesus had its high reputation as the second largest city of the Roman Empire, just behind the city of Rome. Ephesus is still a popular place of pilgrimage today as it is home to one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. Another close by town Çeşme is another tourist attraction with its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and opportunities including yachting, hunting and windsurfing.
Turkey is known as the country connecting the East to the West through Anatolia. Home to many diverse cultures, religions, empires and civilisations, Anatolia has an immense historical background to offer including one of the first settlements ever in human history and some of the world’s most known cities such as Istanbul. Situated in the middle of three continents, Anatolia has always been a hub for cultural interaction, dating back to as early as 24th century BC. Surrounded by the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, the Anatolia Peninsula is home to varying climates enabling vegetation and therefore human settlements.
Any visitor coming to Turkey will have a unique experience witnessing the history surrounded with breath-taking shores of Turkish Riviera. Home to the Hittite's, Lydian's, Hellenistic civilisations, Roman Empire, the Ottomans and finally the Republic of Turkey, Anatolia is one of the most precious territories of the world. This land has witnessed a lot of wars to be gained since the beginning of time. Hence there are remarkable ancient monuments, archaeological sites, religious monuments, shrines, pilgrimage areas, famous cities of both the ancient world and the modern world including the Troy, Cappadocia, Istanbul and many more.