What can you do in Izmir?
Discover the rich cultural heritage of Izmir or shop in the local markets. Izmir has plenty to offer travelers looking for a luxury escape.
This interesting museum is located next to Ephesus archeological site and new treasures from the ancient world are still being uncovered at the site and added to the museum collection. Take a private tour and discover the unique history and culture of Izmir and surrounding areas.
The Hisar Mosque is home to some of the finest examples of Ottoman art in the world. It was built in 1597 and is the biggest mosque in Izmir. Guided tours of the mosque are available where you can learn about the history of the building.
Take a private tour or explore the shops and markets of this vibrant city on your own. Shoppers can choose between glamourous new shopping malls and ancient markets that have been in the same place for almost 4,000 years.
Where to stay in Izmir?
There are a number of luxurious hotels to choose from to suit the requirements of the discerning traveler in Izmir.
This hotel is located in a historic building in the heart of Izmir. It offers incredible sea views, a seafront restaurant, a wellness center, and a 250 bottle wine cellar.
Izmir Marriott Hotel
This 5-star luxury seafront hotel is located close to the famous Izmir clocktower. It features two swimming pools, a restaurant, a traditional hammam, and a fitness center.
Swissôtel Buyuk Efes Izmir
This deluxe 5-star hotel offers a modern and contemporary alternative to the old-world opulence of Turkey. It offers state-of-the-art technologies, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a rooftop restaurant, an executive lounge, and a luxury wellness center.
Where to eat in Izmir?
Enjoy traditional or international cuisine at one of these luxury restaurants in the heart of Izmir.
This restaurant is located on the seafront and offers freshly caught seafood and other traditional dishes with a modern twist. It is famous for its local mezze, stuffed sardines, and red snapper.
Equinox is the signature restaurant inside the Swissotel and it offers incredible views of the city and ocean from its rooftop position. The restaurant serves innovative meat and seafood-based dishes.
Izmir Chios Alsancak
Izmir Chios Alsancak is a traditional restaurant that serves a variety of local dishes in a beautiful seafront setting. The restaurant is popular with locals and tourists so a reservation is always a good idea.
What events to attend in Izmir?
The city of Izmir hosts a number of unique events throughout the year.
Izmir International Fair
This international fair has been going for over 80 years and while it was traditionally a trade show, it now includes a number of classical music concerts, art shows, and other cultural events. The fair attracts artists from all over Europe and the rest of the world.
Izmir European Jazz Festival
The Izmir European Jazz Festival is one of the premier jazz festivals in Europe. The festival brings some of the masters of Jazz to the city. VIP front-row tickets can be purchased in advance for some of the more popular performances.
Izmir International Short Film Festival
This is one of the most glamourous events in Turkey and it attracts short filmmakers from around the world. The festival was the first to give awards to short films and it has grown in popularity since its inception in 1999.