As Turkey’s second largest sea port and third largest city, Izmir is today a sprawling metropolis home to an interesting mix of the traditional and contemporary.
Situated on the stunning Aegean coast, much of historic Izmir was destroyed during the Turkish revolutionary war a century ago.
Intervening years have seen the city rebuilt resulting in a mixed and modern skyline. From high-rise buildings and apartment blocks, to palm-lined promenades, shopping malls and central squares, Izmir offers its visitors and Turkish property investors the opportunity to relax, enjoy and explore one of Turkey’s most vibrant cities and coastlines.
Izmir is easily accessible and has a good international airport operating many UK and European flights to major destinations throughout the year. Its otogar (bus station) runs daily services and first class coaches to most towns and cities throughout Turkey, and regular local buses to all the surrounding resorts.
The centre of Izmir has all you would expect from a modern city – and then some! Although it has no central beach, it is within easy reach of many of the popular beach resorts. Instead, central Izmir entertains party goers and all those that love to shop.
Boasting numerous clubs and discotheques, fabulous bars, restaurants and live music venues, Turks and tourists from miles around visit the city throughout the year to enjoy a good night out on the town.
Shoppers love Izmir! You can while away days on end exploring the Kemer Altis Market Area and Bazaar. Everything from genuine designer goods, jewellery and stunning handicrafts can be purchased or, for those on a budget, the ‘not so genuine’ fakes can be haggled over and brought at reasonable prices.
Numerous boutiques and little shops fill the streets alongside tea houses, cafes and bistros. Modern malls with all the usual brand names can be found, as can a good selection of cinemas, theatres, mosques and the popular Alsancak district Culture Park that holds festivals, fairs and events throughout the year.
Main Izmir Regions and Resorts
The stunning beach resort of Cesme has grown rapidly over recent years to accommodate a constantly rising number of tourists and Turkish property investors. Situated opposite the beautiful Greek island of Chios, it is a charming and historic town featuring an impressive castle and fascinating Old Town. Just a 30 minute drive from central Izmir, it is popular with tourists and all those that seek a Turkish property to buy in a highly sought after and popular area.
Located 70km north of Izmir is the alluring and popular coastal resort of Foca. Attracting ever increasing numbers of foreign tourists and investors, it boasts a wealth of natural beauty and is essentially divided in two parts; Eski Foca (Old Town) and Yeni Foca (New Town). With blue flag beaches, a wonderful array of shops, bars and restaurants and a relaxed and enchanting feel, it is growing in popularity and a great place to holiday or consider a property in Turkey.
The large and thriving tourist resort of Kusadasi has been a popular haunt for Turkish property investors and foreign holiday makers for many years. Located on the shores of the Aegean, it is a major port with a world class international marina and stunning coastline. For history buffs it is ideal! Close to the famed ruins of Ephesus, it attracts travellers in their droves all keen to mix a little history with a few days on the beach. With a wealth of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars, and some of the region’s best beaches, of Izmir's regions it is the most popular area for investment with many Turkish property developments, villas and apartments on offer.