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the birthplace of Homer - is the third
biggest city of Turkey in terms of population. Izmir is less cosmopolite compared to
Istanbul and Ankara because it takes less internal emigration
than them. The natives of Izmir are generally known to
be more liberal and western-minded in Turkey. The gay life in
Izmir is getting more and more visible each passing year. The gay
exclusive bars and clubs have been opened within the last 10
years in Izmir.
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BARS AND CLUBS
Exclusive Gay Bars and Clubs in Izmir:
Izmir, Alsancak panorama from
EHLI KEYIF CAFE & BAR (12:00-02:00) Address :850 Sok. No:43 Kemeralti/Konak, 35250
Konak / Izmir.
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This venue was reported to us in April 2011 as a gay-exclusive
cafe & bar with activities such as bar, dancing. It is open from
12:00 noon time, until 02:00 am everyday. The prices are
reasonable. Any further reviews will be appreciated from people
who visits the place.
Click here for Facebook page of the venue. (listed on April
"I visit last Saturday
evening. No entry fee, friendly staff but only ten people
included rent-boys. Real gay place. " (Posted by
Martin from Netherlands on June 29 2011)
Cumbali (1448) Sokak , No:10, Kıbrıs Sehitleri
Street, Alsancak, Izmir. (next to Fiesta cafe).
A new gay cafe
bar opened in early 2014 on a side street (1448) linking to
Sehitleri Caddesi; the popular night life boulevard in Alsancak
district, Izmir. It operates as typical cafe & bar during
week-in days and usually busy in late evenings. The venue stays
open until late hours on Friday & Saturday nights, serving as a
KA BAR (100.100)
Address: 1471 Sokak. No:45/A, Alsancak- Izmir.
See Google Map
KA is a senior gay bar & club in Izmir, which
was formerly called "Yuzbinyuz". The clientele is
mixture of gays, transvestites as well as some rent-boys.
Located at the end of the
second street after the Military Building on Kibris Sehitleri
Caddesi (one of the major streets of central Izmir), not far
from the harbour. Or, you can take the first right from the Bornova street which
is opposite of the railway station to get there. Alsancak district is
the center of night life in Izmir. The club is open from 10 pm
until 4 am in the morning, but not busy before midnight.
Saturday 19/4/2014. Entrance fee was 25TL
including a drink (beer or alcohol, no matter). Do not accept
the peanuts from the bartender, peanuts costs10TL. And they took
it back to the trash bin before we were even finished eating
them. KA bar is a bar of 80-100 people capacity. People are aged
from 18-25 mostly. There were 3 transsexual this night, passed
in front of us all of the time. Very very annoying. We stayed
only an hour at this bar and then left. Sorry guys, this is
2014, not the 80s. (Posted by Christos from Greece on April 20
Oct.2011: The entrance fee is 15TL, including a beer. Do not
expect to find a bar/club like in London or Berlin. It's more a
Fassbinderesque night circus. It starts getting busy after
midnight. There's rent boys, and there's old men waiting for
something, too. You will see trans-ladies, some of them are
pretty, others were not so lucky, when they chose their surgeon.
And amongst them, you will even find some gay boys and men who
are just there to enjoy themselves. JUST BE BARWISE! Don't
accept the peanuts the bar staff offer you, as they will try to
charge you 1TL per peanut. Also, do not pay more than 12TL per
beer. AND ENJOY!" (Posted by
Dominick from Germany on October 9th 2011)
"Our only bad
experience in Turkey. Unfriendly staff tried to overcharge us
for drinks" (Posted by
William from UK on June 20th, 2011)
"Full of hustlers who ask money. Almost nobody speaks English
so the communication is quite impossible..." (Posted by
Dario from Italy on 11 May 2010)
"Opening hours: Everyday
between 21:00-04:00 am. There are many transvestites and rent
Address: 1448 Sokak (street), No:5/B Alsancak, Izmir.
Google Map The venue was reported by the owners as a bar-dancing
welcoming a mixture of gays, straight acting bisexual boys/men,
transvestites and transsexuals. It is located on a small street
somewhere behind Ege Palace Hotel along the seafront of Alsancak
known as "Kordon boyu" of Izmir (June 2004)
"The manager is a transsexual and consequently there are
more transvestites and transsexuals besides many rent-boys and
some gay men who are interested in them. They play underground
and techno music. The entrance fee is 13 Lira. Usually more busy
than KA bar" (19/07/2008)
"I went to this club last night and I only found
transvestites and rent boys. They were all looking for money.
Not real gay club. (28/04/2009)
Following venues which were being listed on this website have been
closed down completely, as reported by website visitors.
PAPIRUS DISCO & BAR -
Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi. Alsancak, Izmir.
MIX BAR - Cumhuriyet Bulvari No:347/A. Alsancak - Izmir
ZILLI BAR - Cumhuriyet Bulvari Alsancak/Izmir.
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RESTAURANTS & CAFE SHOPS
Gay or Gay-Friendly Restaurants
and Cafe Shops in Izmir:
Address :Cumhuriyet Bulvari No;56 Gumruk, Izmir (Near Konak
Pier, across Is Bankasi) This cafe shop is recommended by a
website visitor as a gay-friendly venue but it is not known if
the owner's approval is received (nothing so necessary for such
places). Coffee varieties and pastries are recommended.
(March 15 2010)
Lesbian Friendly Cafe Shops in Izmir.
Address: Kibris Sehitleri Caddesi, Alsancak- Izmir, Turkey.
It is located on a small street next to Simit Sarayi (a popular Turkish
coffee/tea-house franchiser) on Kibris Sehitleri street in Alsancak
This cafe shop has been reported by a website visitor as as a
lesbian owned/friendly cafe shop. Whereas we would like to
remind people that there are controversial comments about the
gay-friendliness of this venue on other internet resources and
gay forums. (03/02/2009)
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Restaurants and Cafe Shops in
Izmir: Sakiz Adasi Café.
Address: Right opposite of Alsancak ferryboat station on Kordon
(waterfront of Izmir)
Sakiz Adasi is a cozy cafe-shop. It is neither gay nor an explicitly gay-friendly
seems to be a popular venue among the local gays of Izmir who do not like
loud gay-exclusive night
clubs full of rent-boys; and prefer a more relaxed and
Address: Dr. Mustafa Bey Caddesi No: 5/A Alsancak, Izmir
Starbucks in Alsancak seems to be the meeting place in early
hours for some gay men living in Izmir.
"In Izmir, Alsancak Starbucks and also possibly Gloria Jeans
cafe shops are the places you are most like to see the most gay
men around in early hours, mostly straight acting and not very
visible types though" (10/30/2007)
Gay Friendly Cinemas in Izmir: There is not any gay exclusive or explicitly
gay-friendly cinema in Izmir, but most heterosexual erotic/porno
cinemas are frequented by some gay men. Because of Turkey's
bisexual culture it's very possible to meet interested-people in
suchlike places. In a few of them gays are really welcomed, but
still better be a little discrete, because they are open to
straight men as well, some of whom can be homophobic.
"The location is a Hospital. There is a new cinema at 113
Gaziler Cad." (posted by Ian from UK on June 26 2014)
"IPEK SINEMASI is closed, but there's another one near by. On
the other side of the street in number 113." (posted by Fin
Rover from Finland on July 10th, 2013) CLOSED DOWN
FERAH SINEMASI in Esrefpasa district / Izmir.
SINEMASI in Kapilar quarter of, Basmane / Izmir
SARAY-2 SINEMASI on Ikicesmelik street Cankaya / Izmir
"Both Saray and Saray 1 cinemas have been closed a while ago"
Gay Friendly Sauna or
Bath Houses in Izmir:
Please note that most owners of action places such as cinemas,
baths and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay websites or
guide books possibly for the fear of being raided by local
authorities. Homosexuality is not (and has never been) illegal
in Turkey, but any sexual action (gay or straight) in public
venues is a reason to close the venue. These are mostly straight owned/managed places.
917 Sokak No:6, Kemeralti, Konak, Izmir - Turkey The sign-board should read Istankoy
Tarihi Hamami (Historical bath of Istankoy). The hamam (not explicitly gay-friendly)
is located somewhere behind the Salepcioglu Mosque. Kemeralti is
historical part of Izmir's central district of Konak, a traditional
shopping quarter with narrow streets housing cinemas, cafes, spice
shops, souvenir shops and
"went there last week and got the full service. A average
masseur who felt me up. Decent place, dont expect glitz and
glam. A good scrub all over. Was slightly busy and most guys
checking each other out. Was easy to find also"
(posted by Robby Walls on July 6th, 2013)
"Istankoy Hamami adress is 916 Sokak, n° 6 Kemeralti
Konak, Izmir behind of the Salepçioglu Cami. He is no Longer,
now is Tarihi Hamami. It is very small and old. Don't go to with
your values' object" (posted by Seb on August 19th
"Istankoy Hamam is not closed, its not gay just like the
other hamams , the people are friendly but it smells and is not
such a good quality hamam. 13 Lira entrance and a massage is 20
lira" (posted by Krokie from South Africa on June 30 2011)
"April 2010, Istankoy Hamam is closed. Police and Turkish
dictatorship have closed this historical Hamam, due to obvious
reasons. Most of Hamams in Izmir are scared by the Governor's
terrorism" (posted by Stefano from Greece on May 17, 2010)
"I went to Istankoy hamam today. Very cool. I believe this
Hammam is the only gay friendly in Izmir ..... . They all know
it is a gay Hammam but do not say that you are a gay. Pay only
13 TL and 2 TL tips. It is cost less than $10. (posted on
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Recommended Sauna or Bath Houses in Izmir: Not necessarily in order to find partners, a visit to a
historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for
gay tourists visiting Turkey. The following ones are recommended
(none-gay) baths in Izmir listed for those who would not want to miss this exotic
TEVFIK PASHA HAMAMI
Anafartalar Caddesi, No:501, Konak, Izmir - Turkey
Located not far from "Agora open air museum"
This old Turkish bath is also not a gay venue intentionally, but
it is very likely to meet interested men occasionally.
Address: Anafartalar Cad. 890 Basmane, Izmir - Turkey
Telephone: (0 90 232) 483 02 74 A good sample of historical Turkish baths in Izmir, a 17th
century Ottoman structure. Open between 06:00 - 23:00 catering for men
Address: Anafartalar Cad. (street) No:660 Kececiler (quarter)
Izmir - Turkey
Telephone: (0 90 232) 483 02 74 Also called Kadi Hamami, this hamam is estimated to be built in
the 16th century.It is a twin hamam structure with separate men-women sections. Men
section is open everyday until 22:00. It is a well-groomed hamam
with an impressive octagonal dome in the main area.
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VIDEO - Izmir LGBT Pride March 2013
BEACHES & CRUISING AREAS
Gay Cruising Areas in Izmir:
In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded
beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the
people they meet. It is always possible to come across to some
bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places.
Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very
valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.
Izmir Fuar's Basmane entrance
Fairground area; officially named Kultur Park (Culture
Park), also called shortly "fuar", is a huge city park
in downtown Izmir where the annual
International Izmir Fair is being organized (See
Website) You can see the
cruising gay men especially around
the long pool (uzun havuz) and around the traffic circle at the
main entrance from Basmane. The vicinity of
Parachute tower, not far on your left when you enter from
Basmane gate is also well-known cruising section in the
evenings. In this section of the park you can see mostly mature
men and men with mustache sitting on the benches alone, who are
most likely interested in meeting other men.
The famous promenade area, waterfront by the boulevard in Alsancak.
Cruising happens mainly late in the evenings, at the less busy
parts. Izmir's Kordon is well know all over
Turkey, and has become inspiration to many classic and popular
The park near the clock tower
and the neighborhood of the clock tower in Konak, which is the
district regarded as the down town of Izmir. Cruisy mainly after
dark. The clock tower in Konak is the symbol of Izmir
The park in Alaybey quarter of Karsiyaka district of Izmir
(official name is
Muammer Aksoy Park)
is recommended by a local person as a cruising place in April
2011, especially between 22:00-02:00.
Gay Beaches in Izmir:
There are no beaches in Izmir with visible gay/lesbian scene
except the very secluded part of Altinkum, Cesme, some 1 hour
from Izmir city center. In
fact there are no beaches near the city center,
just like in similar metropolitan cities.
Because of population the sea is not very clean and the
coast line is occupied by stone-made or concreted waterfront.
The following beaches can be recommended to gay men visiting
Izmir just for swimming and water sports. It is more likely to see
gay men in Pamucak beach and some central beaches in Cesme.
Beaches in Cesme (Chesh-me)
Cesme is a prominent
center of international tourism in Turkey and is famous for its
clubs, beaches and fish restaurants. It is one of Turkey's
well-known touristy areas with landscapes of cultivated fields
of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees.
Cesme is a popular summer destinationfor local (Turkish) tourists more than
foreign tourists in comparison to similar summer towns like Bodrum and Marmaris.
You can reach to Cesme from Izmir's main
(Otogar) or from the other
bus terminal in Uckuyular district. The buses are more
frequent from Uckuyular terminal and they are available until
very late hours in summer. It is also easy to reach to Uckuyular
terminal by Izmir metro. If you get on from metro stations in
central Izmir such as Basmane or Konak, the bus terminal is is
very close to Fahrettin Altay terminal station. There are many
Blue-flag bays around Cesme peninsula. Although there is only a
public beach nearby, it is wise to stay in hotels at the
center of Cesme from where there are frequent transportation to
all public beaches and other places all around the peninsula,
such as Altinkum (see below), public and private beaches in
Ciftlik (on the way to Altinkum) and
beaches in Ilica (near Alacati). Alacati is a windy area
in all seasons and so it is a famous windsurf palace. Alacati is
also famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills built
over 150 years ago.
Beach in Altinkum, Cesme
Altinkum is probably the best beach location within the province
of Izmir, located a few kilometers from the center of Ceshme. To
go to Altinkum beach from downtown Cesme you first need to take
the public minibuses departing near the Police station by the
coast, after passing the old castle. After less then half an
hour ride, you need to get get off at the final stop which is
right next to the beginning of beach area. Walking to your left
when you face the sea, you will see many privately run beaches
side by side which
are providing sun beds, umbrellas, variety of food and drinks.
You can also use the beach here for free in empty parts without
necessarily renting sun-beds or umbrellas. The gay beach, also
known as Ciplaklar kampi (Nudist beach) by some local people
starts roughly 1 mile after these public beaches end. You will
first reach to a short rocky area, after which there is one more
private beach. After passing by this last private beach a few
hundred meters, you will see a secluded sandy beach far from the
eyes of curious people. (Click
here for Google map) Not surprisingly, most of people
hanging around this farthest, empty part of the beach are gay
men. There are usually no hustlers around, but it is still wise
to make some observation first. Especially if you go alone, do
not to carry very valuable things on you, because it is very far
from security forces if needed. It is sometimes heard that some
guys are hiding behind the bushes to
steal the belongings of the people when they
You can come to Cesme in one hour by buses departing frequently
bus terminal in Uckuyular district. It is easy to reach to
Uckuyular terminal by Izmir metro. If you get on from metro
stations in central Izmir such as Basmane or Konak, you need to
get off at Fahrettin Altay terminal station.
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"Gay beach at Altinkum /Cesme.
Very quiet beach, go past all the huts and beach chairs.
Frequented by some Turks who like to nude sunbathe and by some
gay Turks. Some religious people my ask you to leave at a
certain time because the women want to swim- I was told by
locals to refuse and point out that it is a public beach, and
that they should buy a private beach!! Be careful of your
belongings- some bad people will hide in the dunes and wait for
you to swim or walk away. I did have such a problem, but some
local men and soldiers caught the man and the police were very
helpful." (Posted by Rich from UK on January 3rd 2012).
"Actually the "ciplaklar plaji" is not 200 meters after the
"Fun Club". If you come by dolmus, get out at the last stop, go
on the beach and with the sea in front of you walk on your left
side passing all the beach clubs. After you pass Ramo café,
there is another small beach clubs and a place where cars and
some campers are parked. You still need to walk ahead till you
will reach a low promontory Pass across the top following the
easy path and you will find in a hidden beach where people use
sunbathe naked. I was there in weekdays and started to get
busier after 5:00pm. Very cute locals and some tourist. I have
been told that this place gets crowded on weekends" (Posted by
Alberto from Italy on September 01 2011).
"When you get out of Cesme drive into the earth road which
goes to Fun Club on Altinkum beach (7 km from Cesme). You will
need to park your car when you reach to Fun Club, and walk about
200 meters to the left hand side of the beach. You can meet nice
guys on Sundays especially. Some people swims naked in this part
of the beach which is referred as "nude beach" (ciplaklar plaji)
by some local people."
beach is in Selcuk town, just at the border of Izmir province
and Kusadasi, 5 km from world-wide famous ruins of Ephesus
ancient city, and also called as "Ephesus beach" by some people.
Pamucak Beach, is about 11 kms in length. The beach, is
sandy and has a clear water. It is very suitable place for
water-sports and camping. Ephesus Princess, Aqua Fantasia,
Surmeli Ephesus, Richmond Ephesus, are de luxe, club and resort
hotels, which lie on the beach. The Pamucak region has also a
camping area, aqua park, forest rest area covered with red pine
woods 10 km from Selcuk Kusadasi highway. Horse or Jeep
safaris are the exotic activities that can be participated.
Another seaside town out of Izmir
city. Karaburun region is comparatively much less visited than
Cesme although it provides an anticlimax to its southern
neighbor and the associated attractions especially for those who
want to escape the trails of mass tourism. The district's
administrative zone is bordered by the districts of Cesme and
Urla in its south and faces the Greek island of Chios.
Cesmealti, a part of Urla district of Izmir is about 36 km. away
from Konak; which is a lively and natural tourism center. The
long beaches which stretches from Cesmealti to Içmeler cause the
regions population to expand by two or three times during the
summer months. The Urla Camp Municipality Beach, the natural
beaches and swimming pools of some holiday villages located in
Cesmealti serve tourists all season long.
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GAY GROUPS AND
Gay Groups and Gay lesbian
Organizations in Izmir:
SIYAH & PEMBE UCGEN IZMIR
Literally meaning Black & Pink Triangle Siyah Pembe Ucgen (black-pink
Gay and Lesbian Solidarity NGO Organization based in Izmir, Turkey.
Gays and Lesbians in Izmir who had been pioneers of Turkish gay
movement with disorganized small groups such as Biz GL,
Otekizmir (the other Izmir), Pembe Uçgen (Pink Triangle) united
their powers to continue together with the experiences which
they got from these groups, in September 2006. The group
gathering as an initiative previously, enunciated that they
denominated themselves as Siyah Pembe Izmir in January, and rented
their own office in June of 2007. Thus, meetings which were
being organized in some cafes with many difficulties and limited
opportunities, are now being organized in their own offices.
Siyah Pembe Izmir aims to support firstly gays and lesbians living
in Izmir and
the existence of
all lesbians, gays bisexuals and
transgendered people in society with their own sexual
identities; works for their cultural, social, legal benefits;
tries to prevent discrimination and struggles against homophobia
History of gay movement in Izmir. The first gay group that we know in Izmir, was a group
called Biz GL who made meetings in Iskenderiye Library at the
end of the 90s. Although Biz GL which was pioneered by a group
of gay and lesbian who organized around Arkadas Café, managed to
make meetings with around 60 people, unfortunately it disbanded
because of deficiency of awareness about being organized and
lack of gay-lesbian movement experience.
In October, 2001, Oteki Izmir, was established by lesbians and
gays regularly made meetings till September 2001, especially
took a part in some activities like International Antimilitarism
Meeting with antimilitarist movement in İzmir. But, being
organized which based on antimilitarism that was not enough to
produce solutions for primary problems for gay society, caused
disbandment in short time.
Up until now, most longevous group was PUI (Pembe Ucgen Izmir-
Pink Triangle Izmir) which was established by gays and lesbians
who first gatherd on internet platform formed in June 2002 . In
regular meetings every week, lots of cases which concern gay and
lesbian society like family, coming out, sexual health,
militarism, gender politics etc.., was discussed. Although
conflicts and problems with the cafés which meetings were made
in, caused to make changes with the place of meeting every time,
PUI managed to continue for two years. In time, disagreements
and serious conflicts that came up in group caused disbandment
and after two years, members annihilated PUI by themselves.
Gay & lesbian Internet Sources for Izmir:
Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from
all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish
lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Izmir in
Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from
all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays
and gay tourists living in or visiting Izmir in this group
travel agency is organizing daily city tours, budget and tailor made
package tours, boat cruises, hotel reservations in Izmir and all around
Gay and Lesbian Friendly Izmir Daily City
Tours: There are many daily tours and
activities you can join while you are in Izmir including
Ephesus, Pamukkale, Dalyan, Turtle beach, Saklikent, Tlos, Yakapark, Scuba Diving, Jeep Safari, Paragliding, Rafting,
12 Islands, Butterfly Valley etc.
GAY OR LESBIAN
FRIENDLY HOTELS IN IZMIR
There are no gay exclusive or explicitly gay/lesbian
friendly hotels in Izmir. Other recommended hotels
listed below can be booked on-line via gay-owned Turkish travel
agency located in Istanbul.
INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SECURE
Book Your Hotels Online via International Secure Reservation
System with the Guarantee and Protection of Istanbul Pride
Travel. Pride Travel has special rates agreements with
hotels from all over Turkey, including Izmir. Easy to
search, hotels listed starting from the cheapest
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Ruins in Izmir Agora
The Port of Pasaport,
The prominent information, districts and other
attractions in and around Izmir are listed below in
AGORA: Revealed in central Izmir during excavations carried out in
1932-1941 in the district of Namazgah. eovering an area of 120 x
80 m, the agora throws invaluable light on Roman period Izmir.
it was not only a market place, but the location of public
institutions and the Temple of Zeus. The agora is open to the
public between 9.00 -12.00 and 13.00 -18.00. The statues found
here are on exhibit in Izmir Archaeological Museum.
ALSANCAK: A select neighborhood
with a unique character in modern Izmir. Stretching from the
waterfront esplanade inland most of the area has been
transformed into a pedestrian precinct, so there is no traffic
to disturb shoppers and strollers. The streets lined by modern
buildings and attractive shops lead onto the square where
Alsancak station stands. Dating from 1858 the colonial
architecture of the station distinguishes it in style from the
rest of the city. Trains to Buca, Aydin and Denizli depart from
ANGLICAN CHURCH : This church was
built in 1835 by Levantines of English extraction living in Buca.
The church is famous for its wood carving, beautiful stained
glass windows and huge organ.
The city's famous public elevator, and a symbol of Izmir. This
elevator links Mithatpasa street below with Halil Rifat Pasa
street at the summit of the precipitous hill. It was built in
1907 and restored by the municipality in 1993. The upper terrace
has a breathtaking view over the city and the bay. Here there is
an Open-air cafe, a restaurant and a Genoese tavern.
BALCOVA: This spa is on the
outskirts of Izmir on the road to Urla and Çesme. Turn left at
Inciralti crossroads to reach Balçova thermal springs one
kilometer down the road. Known as the Agamemnon Springs in
antiquity, this may have been the first hydrotherapy center of
the ancient world. Today there are modern facilities for
visitors to the hot springs and luxury hotels. The temperature
of the water is 63 degrees C.
Street of Bars. Some of the attractive old houses under
conservation order in Alsancak now house bars and restaurants.
BASMANE: In this district are
Izmir's old fashioned shopping streets, the park where the
famous Izmir Fair is held each summer, and Basmane station. The
trains to Manisa, and suburban rail buses to ßornova and other
destinations leave from this station.
A suburb of Izmir, Bornova was the hub of the Levantine
community in the late l9th and 20th centuries. Today it houses
the campus of Ege University. The Izmir-Manisa road passes
through Bornova, which is linked to the city center by a 7 km
BUCA: Once Izmir's summer resort, Buca is today part of the city. With
a population of 200000 in 1990, Buca is today a commercial and
university district. The British Levantine merchants who ran
businesses in Izmir from the late l8th century onward s built
imposing mansions here. Not until the 1950s did Buca undergo
radical change as various institutions moved into the mansions,
whose extensive gardens are under conservation.
CLIMATE: Typical Mediterranean
climate, with hot dry summers and warm wet winters. The average
temperature is 18 degrees C. Snowfall is extremely rare, and
approximately 148 days of the year are clear and sunny
Another symbol of the city, this picturesque clock tower in
Konak Meydan was built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th
anniversary of Abduhamit II's accession to the throne. The clock
itself was a gift of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. The 25 m
high tower is currently being restored.
CESME: This popular and
attractive resort west of Izmir is famous for its modern hotels,
sparkling clean sea and wonderful sandy beaches.
EPHESUS: An ancient city three km
from the town of Selcuk south of Izmir. During both the
Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the most important
port and cultural center of the eastern world. The remains of
the city are still spellbinding today. The magnificent temples,
public buildings, villas and streets of Ephesus have been
excavated and restored by the Austrian Archaeological Institute,
and it requires little effort to imagine the city as it was in
A picturesque fishing town 50 km north of Izmir. A magnet for
holiday makers during summer today, Foca was an important Ionian
town in antiquity. The Phokaians were famed for their commercial
prowess, courage and seamanship. They established trading
colonies at distant ports, and were the founders of the French
port of Marseilles (the ancient Massalia).
The city's most magnificent mosque in the district of Hisar next
to Kemeralti office complex. The mosque was built by Yakup Bey
in 1592. It is roofed by a large dome resting on eight piers,
and noted for the decoration on the altar niche and pulpit.
HOUSE OF THE
VIRGIN MARY: This
holy Christian shrine on Mt.Bulbul between Selcuk and Ephesus
was sanctified by Pope Paul VI in 1967, after the Vatican
confirmed that the Virgin Mary had spent the last years of her
life here. Numerous travel agencies in Izmir organize day tours
to the House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus.
Since I932 this international trade fair has been the highlight
of the summer season in Izmir. From late August to early
September the fair doubles as a popular festival of music and
stage events in the Culture Park.
KADIFEKALE: Velvet Castle, to be literal. This 4th century BC castle
commands a bird's eye view of Izmir and is th perfect place to
watch the sun set over the city.
The name of this district of Izmir on the north shore off Izmir
Bay means "opposite shore", as indeed it is. The inhabitants of
this pleasant residential area with its Own esplanade claim an
identity distinct from the rest of the city. In their view,
Karsiyaka is a town in its own right with an individual culture
The old fashioned shopping district of Izmir, consisting of
narrow streets winding their way from Konak towards central
Izmir around Anafartalar Caddesi. Here you can find jewelers,
drapers, shoemaker, and shops specializing in all kind s of
goods from leather to olives and cheese. The atmosphere of an
earlier century still pervades the buildings here, with their
distinctive 19th century doorways and roof tiles.
The famous esplanade between Konak Meydan and Alsancak is packed
with promenades on weekends and fine evenings. As families and
young lovers hand in hand stroll along the waterfront,
horse-drawn phaetons with colourful ponpons swinging from the
harnesses es trot past, and cars cruise by.
(Not a printing error, but the Turkish for "passport). The name
for the dock and pier between Konak and Cumhuriyet Meydan.
Pasasaport Dock was built in 1876. The dock building is in the
Turkish revival style inspired by Ottoman and Selcuk
architecture which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Until not
so long ago the area was full of old fashioned coffee houses
which served waterpipes as well as tea and coffee, but today
pubs have supplanted most of them.
The remains of this magnificent ancient city are situated north
of Imir. Founded in the early 3rd century BC, Pergamum was the
most powerful and extensive kingdom of Western Anatolia
throughout the Hellenistic period. Parchment is thought to have
been invented here. On the hill which rises steeply in the
center of Pergamum is the Acropolis and the world's steepest
amphitheatre with seating for 16,000 people. The remains of
temples Of Athena and Dionysus. The splendid altar of Zeus at
the entrance of the Acropolis was taken to Berlin Museum by Carl
Humann in 1871. A fligth of 20 steps leads up to this remarkable
structure, which dwarfs the room at Berlin Museum, as it awaits
expectantly the day when it will be released from confinement
and return to its hilltop site in Pergamum. The ruins of the
Asclepion on the plain below reveal almost all the original
features as a result of the excavations. Named after the god of
medicine Asclepios, this complex was one of the foremost health
centers of the ancient world.
A town in the foothills of the Aydin mountains 94 km south of
Izmir. SeIcuk is the site of Ephesus Museum, a magnificent
castle and the 6th century Basilica of St.John. The road to the
resorts of Marmaris and Bodrum passes through Selcuk, w hile
Kusadasi, port of call for many yachts and cruise liners, is
just a twenty minute drive to the north.
The ancient name for Izmir and the heroic Amazon who founded the
city according to Herodotus and Strabon.
ruins of Teos are set amidst olive groves at one end of Sigacik
harbor near Seferihisar, famous for its beaches and thermal
springs. Thales relates that Teos was selected as capital of the
league of twelve Ionian cities in the 7th century BC. The
largest temple of Dionysus ever built in Teos.
Excavations at Tepekule in the district of Bayrakli have thrown
light on Izmir's early history. Izmir was originally a
settlement of the Aeolians, who were contemporaries of the first
Trojans, and dates back to the third milenium BC. The c ity was
subsequently occupied by the Ionians, and the Lydian King
Alyattes conquered the region in 600 BC, razing Izmir's temples
and houses. Today the ruins of the Temple of Athena and houses
can be seen at Tepekule.
Urla is a resort 42 km from Izmir on the road to Cesme.
Izmirians spend their summers and weekends here, the site of the
ancient Ionian city of Klazomenai. This city was the birthplace
of the illustrious philosopher Anaxogoras, and is latterly also
famous for a local pastry dish "katmer" and for its meat and
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