Izmir has a history, which stretches back over 8,500 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city successfully blends modern living with it’s rich past.
Izmir is the capital of the Aegean Region and an important center for manufacturing and trade. With its 19 industrial estates, 2 free zones and 7 universities, Izmir is one of the life lines of the Turkish economy. Its international sea port is the most important one in Turkey, as an exporting route for its 70 thousand businessmen, 6,500 industrialists and close to 100 thousand tradesmen. Having actively sought new investment in the worlds of tourism and business, İzmir now leads in Turkey as a city, which attracts the most foreign investment and international trade.
Built on its strong historic trading associations, İzmir has been known throughout history as one of the main commercial centers in the Mediterranean and looks forward to a bright future. Its vibrant economy is also a factor in attracting a wide range of international congresses and commercial fairs to the city.
İzmir is easily accessible from all parts of the world, whether by air, land or sea. It provides the ideal holiday destination, thanks to its rich historical culture and natural beauty. It also offers a range of hotels, shopping centers with the latest brands, colourful markets and superb cuisine, enough to surpass anyone’s holiday or travel expectations.
As a modern centre for medicine, İzmir can also offer comprehensive medical treatment for those wishing to combine conventional therapy with the healing thermal water of its spa resorts, known for thousands of years for their curing powers.
İzmir’s attraction is based on its climate, with 300 days of sunshine a year and on its stunning natural surroundings. Known throughout history as ‘Beautiful’ İzmir, the same adjective can still be used today to describe the city. It refers not just to the sea, but also embraces a wide range of scenery the mountains and plateaus, the forests of red pine and shrubs, where one can come face to face with nature at its best.
You must experience the natural beauty of the sea and the coastline and visit the neighbouring historic sites of Selçuk, Bergama, Foça, Çeşme and Seferihisar.
When planning your holiday to Turkey try to leave enough time to indulge in the enjoyment of Izmir, you will have time to relish new flavours, discover the history secrets and breathe the wonders of nature. Come to beautiful İzmir – the pearl of the Aegean – and home of your dreams.