In Northern Turkey, you'll find the country's largest port and third largest city, Izmir. Holidays in Izmir are all about enjoying the superb beaches, fantastic summer sunshine, picturesque fishing harbours and traditional whitewashed villages. Take a walk on the Kordon with restaurants, bistros, bars, coffee shops and tea houses spilling onto the street. Spend a few hours wandering round the Market Area of Kemeralti with its bustling bazaar. The Kultur Park is a relaxing green area at the heart of the city, the perfect place to while away a few hours. Add in mild winters and hot summers and it's easy to see why a holiday in Izmir is a popular choice with holidaymakers of all ages.
There are many things to do during your holiday in Izmir. Visit the Clock Tower in Konak Square and the relaxing Culture Park. A cable railway runs from Izmir to the mountains which give spectacular views over the Aegean. Enjoy a traditional Turkish bath or take a therapeutic soak in Balcova hot springs. Apart from shopping, Forum Bornova shopping mall is a great place to enjoy gokarting and iceskating. Visit Izmir Birds Paradise, home to 205 species of birds, 308 kinds of plants and 17 species of reptiles.
Izmir has a buzzing and exciting nightlife with a variety of bars and clubs to choose from. The Alsancak district is known for its charming bars featuring hiphop and salsa theme nights. For a night out at the theatre, the Bornova district is also home to a few theater complexes such as the one in Uur Mumcu Park.
A typical meal in Izmir starts with mezze followed by Kofte, Shish Kebab, Pide or Dolma with Baklava for dessert. Loukum (Turkish Delight) is served with a cup of Turkish coffee. The aniseed based raki is the traditional spirit along with Efes the locally brewed beer.
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