The Turkish region of Izmir offers the best of sunny Mediterranean life. Take in the breezy coastal air while soaking up some rays and get an education on the country's diverse culture. Overflowing with historical sites, local markets and good food, Izmir holidays can be as relaxed or as action-packed as you wish, it’s a fascinating part of the world that lets you pick the pace.
Summer months see highs of a humid 35°C, and lows of below zero in winter.
Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) is 18km south of Izmir’s capital and connects it to Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and many European cities outside of Turkey.
Book a cheap holiday to Izmir with Airtours to get the most from this diverse region. Walk ancient streets, enjoy the beach and discover exotic market stalls on our All Inclusive package holidays.
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Shopaholics, history buffs and beach lovers are all catered for in sunny Izmir. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or group, everyone will be entertained on their beach holidays in Izmir with the choice of options available. Try a trip to the town’s Roman ruins to really get an insight to its history or explore the charming local town of Şirince. Of course you could just chill out on the beach and enjoy ice cream and cocktails; it’s up to you!
Visit local markets to find authentic kilim rugs, decorations, sweet Turkish wines and edible treats. Izmir is one of Turkey’s main textile centres so leathers, clothes and fabrics are readily available. Kemeralti Market is the biggest shopping attraction here, with a traditional feel and just about anything you could possibly want. Shop for jewellery, shoes, fruits, spices, fish and coffees, just be ready to haggle.
Slip away from the well-worn path and enjoy a side of Izmir that few people do. Nestled away from the bustle of Izmir is Şirince, a tiny town with a delightful feel and a peaceful atmosphere. Olive oil, fruit and wines are produced here and its traditional 19th Century stucco houses have been lovingly maintained, with some becoming boutique hotels.
Take a dip in the ocean, sip on a cocktail and top up your tan on your beach holiday in Izmir. The Kordon is the main city’s seaside promenade, great for scenic views. If you want to get into the water, Ilica Beach is a favourite, as well as any of the beaches along the Çeşme Peninsula. Here you’ll find resorts, surfing, boat trips and, of course, bars.
History lovers: Izmir is home to some of the most well preserved Roman ruins still standing. The city of Ephesus is famous for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, along with many other unmissable sites.
Sightseers: Visit the capital city’s famous centre, the Izmir Clock Tower, shop for local delights at Kemeralti Market and stroll down Konak Pier, dotted with cafes and restaurants. Go to the top of the famous Asansör building if it’s breathtaking views that you’re after.
Sun Seekers: The turquoise Aegean coast is picturesque, clean and well equipped with eateries and nightlife. The area’s ideal weather conditions are perfect for sun worshipping and surfing.
Language: Turkish is the main language spoken in Izmir.
Currency: The official currency of Turkey is the Lira, however, a few Euros can come in handy in markets and other trading outlets.
Local Time: Izmir is two hours ahead of UK/GMT time.
Fly To: Izmir is easily accessible from Adnan Menderes Airport, which connects the city to other Turkish areas and external European cities.
Flight Time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 45 minutes from London Gatwick.
Tourist Information: Visit www.tourismturkey.org for more information on Izmir's attractions.
Visa and Health: Always check the travel requirements for your destination before you book. Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for detailed information.
Temperature: With the Med on one side and the Aegean Sea on the other, the weather couldn’t be better. Temperatures can get quite high in summer, with cool evenings making the days more bearable.
Best time to visit Izmir: The most popular period is high summer between May and August, which offers you great beach weather and lets you avoid the cold and rainy winter. The months either side of summer are good for those less familiar to the heat and adventure lovers who need a cooler environment. Visit in March, April, September, October and November for more pleasant outdoor temperatures.
By Train: Izmir is serviced by two train stations, Basmane for regional destinations and Alsancak for intercity travel.
By Taxi: Travel by taxi is recommended for short stays and is generally cheap if you’re not leaving town.
By Boat: Ferries operate from select destinations along the Turkish coastline, check that your location is one of these when planning your visit.
By Hire Car: Book a car to meet you at the airport or arrange one upon arrival.
By Bus: A large bus terminal can get you to just about wherever you need to go in and outside of the city. Mini-buses are also available to shuttle visitors to and from main attractions.
For music lovers: Izmir’s focus on culture extends to popular summer festivals covering music, art and sports. The Izmir International Festival lasts for the entire month of June and has hosted legends such as Elton John and Ray Charles. The Izmir European Jazz Festival is also worth checking out.
For sporty types: The international fencing tournament and basketball championships are worth paying a visit in July and August.
Izmir International Fair: In September the Izmir International Fair brings a variety of product exhibitions from different industries to the area.