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Things To Do Around Izmir

Step Back into Ancient Times at Ephesus Ruins

 

Ephesus

In the 2nd Century BC Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the Eastern Roman Empire. Nowadays it is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is on the UNESCO world heritage list. As one of the best preserved ancient cities and most popular historical sights to visit in Turkey you won’t want to miss out on the chance to visit here and be immersed in the culture of the area.

 

You’ll be able to experience a moment of time travel through viewing such treasures as the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Temple of Hadrian and much, much more. Wandering through the ancient city you’ll have the chance to notice some of the paved mosaics on the sidewalks and lose yourself in the narrow streets and old architecture. Ephesus is the perfect day trip idea for inquisitive travellers.

 

 

Snap Some Souvenirs At Cesme's Kizlaragasi Han

 

The Kizlaragasi Han

The Kizlaragasi Han in Cesme is a wonderful way to experience a glimpse into the Ottoman era with an authentic and beautiful architecture that contains a bazaar and courtyards.

 

The Kizlaragasi was originally an inn for Eastern travellers carrying silks and spices, but nowadays it is host to many shops selling souvenirs, clothing, carpets and other unique handcrafted items, perfect to be bought as gifts for friends back home. You can sit down for a snack or cup of tea in the tea house and soak up the historical ambience.

 

 

Immerse Yourself In Souvenirs At Kusadasi's Endless Shops

If we love Souvenir shopping or not.. we all love a bargain!... shopping in Kusadasi gives you the opportunity to create your own bargain by haggling with the local shop keepers. The endless streets of shops sell immense range of items from leather, gold, handicraft, Turkish delight, designer replicas and much more. 

The opportunity here for souvenir is second to only Istanbul Grand Bazaar. There really is no better pace to bargain hunt.. you will find yourself snapping up some local delights.

 

Climb to the Top & Take in the Views at Kusadasi's Asansor

The Asansor is a famous historical sight in the Izmir region. Asansor means elevator in Turkish, and stands at an impressive fifty one meters high.

 

It was first built in 1907 by Nesim Levi Bayraklioglu to aid people with crossing the passage from the narrow coastline of Karatas to the hillside, cleverly getting around the obstacle of the steep cliff between. Although it may sound like a strange tourist attraction it truly is an interesting landmark of the area to visit! You’ll also find some restaurants around the area and beautiful views from the Asansor terrace. 

 

Check the Time at Izmir's Clock Tower

 

The Clock Tower in Konak Square

The Clock Tower in Konak Square is the symbol of Izmir. It was given as a gift from the Sultan Abdulhsmid, and was first built in 1901 with a grandiose and elegant architecture representative of the late Ottoman century era. A must-see if visiting Izmir city itself.

 

Learn About the History of the City of Izmir

 

The Clock Tower in Konak Square

The Clock Tower in Konak Square is the symbol of Izmir. It was given as a gift from the Sultan Abdulhsmid, and was first built in 1901 with a grandiose and elegant architecture representative of the late Ottoman century era. A must-see if visiting Izmir city itself.

 

Kadifekale (Velvet Castle)

The Kadifekale was built around 300 BC and its name translates to the rather lovely title of the ‘velvet castle’.  A visit here will provide a wonderful daytrip with some stunning views of Izmir and an atmosphere that will take you back in time.

 

Archaeological Museum 

The Archaeological Museum has an impressive collection of antiques from Izmir and other ancient cities around the region. It’s a great way to feel educated and see some fascinating artefacts that make up an inspiring connection to the past and to the Turkish culture.

 

If you chose to visit you’ll have the chance to see such things as beautiful mosaics, statues, sculptures, ceramics and figurines that all represent a fascinating piece of the past.

 

 

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