famous for figs, Izmir (formerly
Smyrna), is now Turkey's 3rd-largest
city, the "capital" of
region, a major port and commercial
center set dramatically around
a huge bay and backed
by mountains to the south.
It is the transport
center of the Aegean
region. Here's my Izmir
Region Transport Map to
help you make your way to, through
and from Izmir, and here's info on airport
of Independence (1922)
fire destroyed most of old
Today Izmir (EEZ-meer,
pop. 3 million) is a mostly modern
city with good hotels and
restaurants, an interesting bazaar,
a few small archeological sites,
a big, busy Otogar (bus
terminal), and an important airport south
of the city on the way to Ephesus.
travelers use Izmir as
a base to visit such regional sights
Pergamum, Çeşme & Alaçatı, Sardis, Ephesus & Kuşadası, Aphrodisias
& Pamukkale, because
Izmir has a great variety of hotels.
needn't linger in Izmir if your time
in Turkey is short, but if it suits
your schedule to spend a night here,
enjoy Izmir's Aegean ambience:
see the sights, wander in the bazaar,
sip drinks and dine at the pleasant waterfront
easy to reach by air, bus, train and boat.
are the transportation details.
here for maps of Izmir & Aegean
historic main square,
with its iconic Ottoman clocktower.