The pearl of the west, is Turkey’s third largest city and one of the most important port cities. It has a great nature and a rich historical and cultural heritage. Also known as Old Izmir, Smyrna, built on an islet of hundred acres flourished into a great center of civilization over time. Established about 8500 years ago, the city is now home to a variety of world heritages.The largest city of the Roman Empire which set an example to other ancient cities, Ephesus with its architectural and cultural landmarks is one of the most visited regions near to Selcuk in Izmir province.
The city is known as “beautiful Izmir” as it is blessed with numerous scenic beauties and is under the effect of the Mediterranean climate. The summer is hot and dry where as the winter is mild. Lush for all seasons, Izmir is one of the biggest pine nut production areas.
Surrounded by a series of scenic mountains, the Izmir of today is a modern and appealing tourist city, combining historical bazaars with more shops, such as those around Karsiyaka Pier and Konak Pier. The plentiful Turkish mosques add much character to the cityscape, while modern tourist information outlets are available on the central Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari and from a tourism booth conveniently sited next to the Clock Tower.
For many years Izmir has enjoyed a reputation as a cosmopolitan city of culture. The Izmir Cultural Center hosts opera and ballet performances as well as musical concerts. The city is home to the Aegean Philharmonic Orchestra and boasts a thriving theatrical community. During the annual Izmir International Festival, international and local artists perform at various venues in the city and surrounding area, including the theatre at Ephesus. Take a horse- drawn carriage along the promenade during the day and afterwards spend the evening in the lively atmosphere of the bars and cafes around Kordonboyu, Passport Pier and Karsiyaka.
In the streets of the Kemeralti Market area, it is possible to find fascinating antiques, both fine and fun jewelry, a great variety of clothing, and the dried figs and raisins for which Izmir is famous. The fish restaurants in this colorful area serve up the local specialities of tranca and cipura, two types of sea bream. The best modern and most elegant shops are on the Kordon Promenades in Alsancak and Karsiyaka and on Cumhuriyet Avenue and in Passport.
Izmir’s people is mostly relaxed and full of joy people, who are tolerated to gay people. Gay scene in İzmir is driven for some gay cafes and some gay bars mostly. Although in some straight bars/clubs you may find some surprising hookups, it’s better to be discreet.
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