Izmir, Turkey's third largest city, is bursting with culture and history. An important Aegean port for centuries. The city bears influences from the Greeks, Jews, Levantines, Armenians and Turks who have lived there over the centuries. It's a wonderful lively place to visit, and also ideal for branching out and exploring Ephesus and Pergamon, two ancient sites. The cuisine reflects its multicultural history, and the city boasts a plethora of restaurants where you can sample the Izmire kitchen at its finest.
The seafront Kordon is the perfect place for a bicycle stroll, long walk or morning job. When you're here don't miss the Agora, an ancient site with excavations still underway; Kemeralti market, a bazaar dating back to the 17th century; and the Izmir Museum of History and Art which is filled with artifacts that span the centuries.