Izmir, Turkey's third largest city, is bursting with culture and history. An important Aegean port for centuries, Izmir showcases influences from the Greeks, Jews, Levantines, Armenians and Turks who have lived there over the course of history. It's a wonderful lively place to visit, and also ideal for branching out and exploring the fascinating ancient sites of Ephesus and Pergamon. The cuisine reflects its multicultural history, and the city boasts a plethora of restaurants where you can sample the Izmir kitchen at its finest. The seafront Kordon is the perfect place for a bicycle stroll, long walk or morning jog. 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; the Izmir Museum of History and Art which is filled with artifacts that span the centuries; 17th century church of St. Polycarp, which miraculaously survived the 1922 fire, is named for the city's patron saint; and the Ataturk Museum, where the first president of Turkey stayed during his visits to the city.