Izmir is the pearl of the Aegean, Turkey's third largest city and second most important port. Backed by the mountains and facing the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea, it is a modern and well-planned city. Each year, Izmir hosts thousands of tourists with its modern hotels, restaurants and cafes. Izmir is a lovely city where lovers walk hand in hand along the Kordonboyu, a long promenade surrounded by the palm tress, and whose round-shaped bay is dressed up with the greenest parks. Additionally, Izmir has a mild and nice climate and very good accomodation facilities. It is not only the busy commercial and industrial center of the Aegean Region but also the door opening to the outside world, in this regard.
Efes, Kusadasi, Cesme and Foca with theirs beaches and sea are quite near to Izmir. In addition, Balcova, the famous thermal therapy center, is a district of Izmir. The Aegean shores of Turkey with all their natural beauties are dazzling. On the coasts and beaches where the soft waves of the Aegean Sea caress the shores, the crystal blue waters rush and rush to embrace the greenery of the olive and pine trees without getting tired of it. These shores, together with their fishing ports nearby, popular holiday villages and the remnants of the ancient civilizations, host a rich historical, cultural and mythological heritage of thousand years. The luxurious and first-class hotels in the region offers ideal atmosphere for all kinds of meetings, conventions and conferences as well as various restaurants, sports activities, entertainment and shopping facilities. As a consequence of all these charms, Izmir is an ideal center of the congress tourism.
Airline: Izmir International Adnan Menderes Airport is at a distance of only 10 km from the city center
Road: Bus services to all places in Turkey are available.
Railroad: There are rail connections to many cities.
Brief Historical Account
Smyrna, the earliest name of Izmir, was derived from an Amazon queen. The city is thought to have been founded around 3,000 BC. The city, which was on the busy routes of the Hittite Civilization around 2,000 BC, was later captured by Phrygian, Ionian, Lydian and Persian civilizations. Iliad, the first monumental epic and the first literary work of the Western civilization, was created by Homer (750-700 BC) who lived in Izmir. The Hellenistic period started in 4th century B.C. Alexander the Great, king of Macedon, was also one of the glorious persons who came to Izmir. Roman Empire dominated over the region in 133 BC. Following the separation of the Roman Empire, Izmir, falling within the boundaries of the Byzantine Empire, became the center of the province. When the Byzantine domination weakened, Izmir was conquered by the Turkish Principalities. Later it came into the possession of the Ottomans and gained more importance as a commercial center. Under the Turkish Republic, Izmir, which became one of the three biggest cities of Turkey, bears special importance.
It displays all the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate. Winters are warm and rainy; summers are hot and arid. The annual mean sea water temperature is 17.60°C. Summers are quite long.
Places to Go and Visit
Kadifekale (the Velvet Fortress), Agora (marketplace), Kemeralti Bazaar, old Asansor quarter, Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi), Kultur Park, Kordon Boyu, Archeological Museum, History and Fine Arts Museum, Ethnography Museum, Ataturk Museum, Selcuk Yasar Art Museum, Sirinyer and Kizilcullu Aqueducts, mosques built during the eras of Seljuk and Ottoman Empires, Kizlaragasi Inn, Saint Polycarp Church (symbolizing the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse), Sirince Village, Ahmet Pristina City Archive and Museum are the names of the “must-see” places that first come to one’s mind. Efes (Ephesus), Eskihisar (Laodicea), Alasehir (Philadelphia), Sart (Sardis), Akhisar (Thyatira), and Bergama (Pergamum) are important antique cities which are in the vicinity of Izmir.
Izmir Museum, Izmir Archeological Museum, Ataturk Museum, Bergama Museum, Cesme Museum, Efes Museum, Odemis Museum, Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, Tire Museum, Ethnography Museum.
Early Christian Civilization (Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House visits), the Traditional City Tour, Early Civilizations and Natural Wonders Tours, (Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Aphrodisias), Early Ottoman Architecture and Classical Archeology (Mosques and Manisa Archeological Museum).
The province Izmir has a 629-kilometers-long shore on the Aegean Sea. The 101-kilometers-long portion of this is a natural beach (sands). Selcuk-Pamucak, Urla and Gulbahce, Cesme-Ilica and Altinkum, Gumuldur and Ozdere Beaches together with Dikili and Candarli, Foca-Yeni Foca Beaches stand out for their specialcharacteristics as a beach.
January: Cesme Camel Wrestling
May: International Agamemnon and Folk Dancing Festival
June - July: International Izmir Festival
August: International Foca Culture and Arts Festival
August- September: International Izmir Trade Fair
September: Urla Peninsula Games
September: International Foca Rastgele Naval and Fishing Documentaries Festival
Hunting tourism, mountaineering, winter sports (Bozdag Ski Center), water sports, diving, yachting, and sailing.
Izmir dishes is a authentic combination of Aegean, Mediterranean and Anatolian cuisines. Its well-known dishes are bulamac soup, soup with dried yoghurt. tomato and pimento called tarhana, soup with cress, vegetable marrow stew, Izmir meatballs, stuffed globe artichoke, tomato stew, jerusalem artichoke, sweet semolina pastry, spinach cooked with rice and egg, Efes arapsaci, mallow, radika (some kind of a plant) salad, kumru (similar to sandwiches), gerdan tatlisi (a kind of pastry), Kemalpasa cherries, tulum cheese (a type of white cheese made in a goat’s or sheep’s skin)
Dried fig, sultani grapes, Bergama tulum cheese, lokma (a syrupy fried cake), Odemis’ silk (called Pembizar), needle lace, coloured cotton kerchiefs or head scarves and Gorece’s blue beads against the evil eye.
Visit Selcuk-Sirince Village, Birgi Cakiraga Mansion, Kizlaragasi Inn and the Old Asansor.
Taste fish in Foca and Cesme
Buy Odemis’ silk (called Pembizar), needle laces, coloured cotton kerchiefs or head scarfs and Gorece’s blue beads against the evil eye.
Go to Izmir Archeological Museum, Izmir Ataturk Museum, Kordonboyu, Kemeralti Bazaar, Cable Car Facilities and Balcova Thermal Springs, the ruins of Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, the ancient city of Pergamum and Cesme beaches.
Visit the Izmir Fair and Selcuk Festival.
IZMIR EFES CONVENTION CENTER
Telephone : +90 232 445 4856
Fax : +90 232 445 4757
Address : Sehit Nevris Bey Bulvari No:2 Alsancak/Izmir
12 assembly halls,
Fair and exhibition area of 5,000 m2,
A meeting capacity of 3,320 pax,
A banquet capacity of 1410 pax,
Food & Drink service
A parking lot
Car rental service
IZMIR CULTURE PARK FAIR VENUE
Telephone : +90 232 445 39 94
Fax : +90 232 445 00 40
Address : Sair Esref Bulvari No:50 Kulturpark/Izmir
Size of the Covered Areas: There are 14 indoor exhibition areas in the fair ground. The dimensions of the exhibition areas range from 13.55x7.70 to 14x40 m.
Heights: It ranges between 5-9.30 m. Total length of the covered area is 28,000 m2.
Size of the Open Areas: The outdoor exhibition area of the Izmir Fair is totally 28,000 m2.
Number of the assembly halls: 4
The area of the largest hall: : 140 m2
The capacity of the largest hall: 170 pax
The area of the smallest hall: 30 m2
The capacity of the smallest hall: 20 pax
The total area of the fairground: 55,000 m2
The largest indoor fairground: 11,000 m2
The smallest indoor fairground: 1,750 m2
Outdoor fairground: 20,000 m2
Food & Drink service
Car rental service
Outdoor swimming pool
Feature of the accommodation facilities: 5-star