At the mention of Turkey, many things come to mind. The meeting of Europe and Asia, and of the cold north winds with the warm breezes of the Mediterranean; a vast, rugged landscape. To be in this country is to look at the world from the center of world history; a place where cultures, languages and faiths blend, and nothing remains the same for long. So, pearl of the Aegean, İzmir is back to the lists with its famous SUn!
For thousand years this land was called as the place with best climate and sky. (Homer) Many trading routes crossed their paths here, traders brought the best spices from the East via the Silk Road, people cooked the best foods of the World, farmers grew the sharpest grapes, they aged the most intense wines in Smyrna’s deepest cellars. Anis from the Levant enriched the tables with its unique Spirit. Smooth salty breezes freshened up the bodies that were kissed by the warm, brilliant sun, they echoed with the laughter of people over the city. Once upon a time, money was invented here, people learnt how to spend it in best way here first. They invented the fun, they invited their neighbours first, then all the humanity. Smyrna was the center of all the happy feelings once, now it’s here again on the stage as İzmir!
If you want to be a part of this joyful harmony, if you want to spend an unforgettable summer, collect unique memories and learn a lot about this interesting part of Europe, “apply” button must be somewhere there. These cheerful, easy-going, open-minded, hospitable and warm people of this sunny city will be waiting for you with their open arms!
PS: We will also teach you how to pronounce this cool-looking word, no worries ;)
Widen your world with the cultural and historical diversity of Turkey while enjoying your summer.
IzmirIzmir, the city which is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World... "I am 8,500 years old..." says the city of Homer...
The legendary female warriors, the Amazons, founded Izmir, or Smyrna as it was called in Ancient Times, according to one story. Alternatively, according to another tale, the Lelegs established it. The city is located on the Aegean Coast in the west of Turkey, and the city is the biggest and most important settlement in the Aegean Region. Izmir, which has managed to modernize whilst preserving its archaeological and historical assets, is an important trade centre, because of its port. The diversity of activities and resources that Izmir is able to provide makes it a very attractive area for tourism. It boasts both spas with healing thermal waters, and the deep blue sea with beaches displaying the safety symbol of the blue flag.
Izmir resonates with the water and the wind. Benefiting from the breeze from the Aegean Sea, Izmir enjoys a well-deserved reputation due to sights and ruins such as Çeşme, Foça, and Özdere which are outstanding in terms of the richness of their natural and historical assets.
Its geographical location means that Izmir enjoys a Mediterranean climate plus natural beauty, a rich cultural and historical heritage, beaches, thermal waters and spas. In addition, it boasts a rich cuisine, featuring grapes, figs, olives, citrus fruits and seafood, as well as the legacies left by civilizations over thousands of years.
Ceşme-IlıcaÇeşme is located 85 km west of İzmir, the largest metropolitan center in Turkey's Aegean Region. A prized location of country houses and secondary residences especially for the well-to-do inhabitants of İzmir for more than a century, Çeşme perked up considerably in recent decades to become one of Turkey's most prominent centers of international tourism.
Ephesus-ŞirinceOne of the seven wonders of the antiquty, Temple of Artemis, at Ephesus. Ephesus was an ancient city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selcuk, Izmir Province. The city which was situated at the beginning of the Persian Royal Road has survived sufficiently enough to enable us to understand the ancient way of life in Ephesus. It is one of the cities which played an impressive role in the beginnings of Christianity and during the period of its proliferation (St.John Church and the shrine of the Virgin Mary). Owing to its wonderful position and associated ports, Ephesos became Anatolia's most significant trading centre. The Temple of Artemis, which was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the edge of this small town. The Celsus library, a theatre, a stadium, a gymnasium, temples and the famous baths are responsible for this city becoming a sports, religious, cultural and entertainment centre, especially in the Roman times.
Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning "Ugly" in Turkish) to deter others from following them. Şirince acquired world-wide fame when tourists flocked to the village in December 2012 to witness the Mayan Apocalypse, as New Age mystics believed its "positive energy" would aid in weathering the catastrophe, during the 2012 phenomenon.
MarmarisMarmaris' main source of income is tourism. It has an exceptional location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea, though following a construction boom in the 1980s, little is left of the sleepy fishing village that Marmaris was until the late 20th century. It is also a centre for sailing and diving, possessing two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters.
ÖzdereIt is a Turkish coastal settlement and resort town in the Menderes district of İzmir Province, along the Aegean Sea coast. The town is situated within close proximity to numerous historical sites and is accessible via the Kuşadası-Selçuk-Seferihisar-Urla provincial road.