If Bodrum and Marmaris have already made it to your ‘been there, done that’ list, why not try the new kid on the Turkey holiday block – Izmir? This gorgeous stretch of Turkey’s west coast is becoming a firm family holiday favourite thanks to its amazing beaches, modern resorts and friendly locals. Izmir holidays are perfect for those seeking a chilled-out getaway in the sun, with great beaches, shopping, restaurants and activities to do in and around the resort, plus there are fantastic cheap deals to grab all-year-round.
The towns and city of Izmir are also steeped in history and have retained a real authenticity, for those who like to soak up the resort's culture. A list of best places to visit in Izmir includes Izmir Clock Tower, Kadifekale, Kordonboyu, Ephesus Archaeological Museum and Izmir Wildlife Park. The envy-inducing Mediterranean climate, with breezy evenings to match, will make your holidays to Izmir a fantastic choice for early spring and summer breaks. The summers here are extremely hot and dry while the winters are extreme too, so the best time to visit Izmir is during the months of June and August when there is less rainfall and weather is pleasant.
Adnan Menderes Airport is the nearest airport to Izmir. If you're trying to reach Izmir from elsewhere, Milas Airport is the second nearest at a distance of 124 km. Izmir is well connected by road to all major cities of Turkey, making day trips an easy choice, too.
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