At the far west of Turkey, on the coast of the Aegean Sea, is Izmir. Turkey’s third-largest city, its harbour plays a crucial role in the country’s industrial output. Its location just across the sea from Greece also makes it an important transport hub, and it has a large service-based side to its economy. Many beaches line the coast near the city, and monuments including the Kadifekale Castle offer insight into the city’s historic past. Booking a hotel in Izmir places you in one of the region’s main cities for industry.
What in particular distinguishes this Turkish city?
Many visitors to Izmir note its distinctive Mediterranean atmosphere, with red-tiled roofs and palm trees lining the bay. The city is surrounded by sprawling mountain vistas and many large parks can be found in the centre. Konak Square is the city’s very core, around which its main businesses and shops can be found, including the Kemeralti Bazaar. Nearby beaches include Dikili and Cesme, the latter being particularly popular for water sports.
Where are the main business venues in Izmir?
The Izmir Convention & Visitors Bureau is the city’s hub for information on local events in town. It’s from here that venues including the Ephesus Congress Centre and EGE University Atatürk Culture Exhibition Centre are managed. Every year in September, the city hosts the Izmir International Fair, which is the country’s longest-running trade fair. It’s a huge event for local and national industrial companies, in particular, to meet and network. The software industry is also a notable presence in Izmir, with Vestel, Schneider Electric and Accenture having offices here.
What else might be of particular interest to me when I book my Izmir hotel?
Konak Square is a great place to get a diverse taste of what Izmir has to offer in a compact area. The Kemeralti Bazaar is huge, but even if you only have an hour or so you’ll find it has a diverse range of shops, cafés and restaurants. The nearby beaches are excellent. Simply taking a stroll along the Kordon promenade by the bay will allow you to take in the Aegean Sea’s natural beauty. Yengec and Deniz are two restaurants by the ocean, the latter specialising in regional seafood.