Local Attractions

Izmir is my home town, and is on the West coast of Turkey, facing to the Agean Sea and Greece. Izmir is like the Bournemouth of Turkey. People prefer to retire to this city as it is surrounded by beautiful hills, and has wonderful sea views and countryside with olive groves and vineyard. Set in a crescent-shaped bay with a backdrop of impressive hills, Izmir is a cosmopolitan Turkish city steeped in history. Whether you want to explore the sensory experience of the Kemeralti Bazaar (a wonderful chance to stock up on presents for family and friends!), walk the ruins of the ancient city of Agora or relax with a Turkish coffee to simply take in the blend of fine architecture and coastal ambience on the Kordonboyu seafront, there is a great deal to explore.

Cesme and Alacati

Coastal town Cesme, is famed for its beautiful sands and windsurfing championships may be the just the place to unwind and take a swim and perhaps try out your surf skills. The Bird Paradise offers the unique opportunity for you to walk amid wild flamingos while the buzzing city life of Izmir provides a chance for you to dine out, experiencing the flavours of the fashionable modern Turkey rooted in its colourful ancient traditions. Travel is no problem in Izmir – its picturesque bay is served with a network of ferries which provide a reliable and atmospheric way to experience the city.


Ephesus is an archaeological site which contains some of the most impressive ruins of the Greek and, later, Roman empire. The intact state of many of the buildings and the care taken in its preservation and restoration provide an insight into Turkey’s remarkable history. Nearby the chapel devoted to the Virgin Mary and marking her last recorded days draws pilgrims from around the world.


Bodrum itself  is a popular destination for divers, given its rich archaeological marine treasures and clear waters. The imposing castle, built during the time of the crusades, is a fascinating place to explore while the harbour is home to the beautiful yachts of the wealthy. Walking among the markets of Bodrum in the evening and relaxing by the seafront is a romantic experience and is recommended to all.

Pamukkale, Hierapolis and The Antique Pool

For a striking contrast the thermal waters of Pamukkale are a wonderful therapy to end your travels. Pamukkle is a remarkable natural feature and the hot thermal waters provide local hotels with their own thermal pools as well as flowing through the nearby ancient city of Hierapolis. For a small fee you can swim over submerged columns through the warm crystal clear waters of the ancient ruin. Antique pool (Cleopatra’s Pool) has been nominated `to visit 100 places before you die`.

Further Afield

If you are tempted to explore the mountains, the resort of Odemis and Isparta provides an opportunity for the adventurous to sample Turkish ski facilities – snow continues to be reliable despite the uncertain falls in other parts of Europe.