İzmir is the third most populous city in Turkey and it is a large metropolitan city located on the western coast of the country. For centuries, İzmir has been an important trading port on the Mediterranean. The city is full of fascinating heritage as it has been home to Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Levantines, and Turks. It offers visitors an array of unique attractions, including a bazaar and an incredible museum. The city is also known for its exceptional healthcare. The medical centers are sophisticated and armed with the best equipment. Many medical tourists seek treatments that are not available or way too expensive in their home country and most tourists come for dental, fertility, and psychiatry treatments.
İzmir is a laid-back city that always fascinates tourists with its number of ancient landmarks and Ottoman monuments. One of the most beautiful ruins in the city is Agora that dates back to the 4th century BC. If you wish to get a new perspective of the city and enjoy the sea views, come to Asansör. History enthusiasts must check out the Museum of Arts & Sculpture that showcases artifacts from ancient Smyrna, Teos, Miletos, and Pergamon. The city also has a famous promenade known as the Kordon. Along the promenade are bars, cafes, and restaurants where tourists can sit on the terrace and enjoy the ocean views.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is the international airport in Izmir. It has international connections to many cities in Europe and the Middle East, including Amsterdam, London, and Doha. If you are looking for a fast and affordable way to travel around the country, you can opt for budget airlines, such as Pegasus Airlines and Jet2.com. Public transportations in the city are clean and inexpensive. The best mode of transportation is the underground metro called Izmir metro. Taxis are widely available, especially at important locations.
Citizens of 78 countries are allowed to visit Turkey without a visa for up to 90 days per 180-day period. e-Visa is available for citizens of 40 countries, including China, the UK, and the US and the e-Visa is valid for up to 90 days.
Summer is from June to September, and the weather is hot and dry. The temperature during the summer can soar to 40°C. Autumn is warm, with a high chance of rain. December to mid-March are the winter months with an average temperature of 7 to 10°C. December is the wettest month in the city. The temperatures will start to increase in Spring, which lasts from March to May.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Turkish Lira, and 1USD converts to 5.7TRY.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are widespread and tourists can use credit cards in most restaurants, shops, hotels, and hospitals. In many places, tipping is customary at 10%.
- Local Language: Most locals in the city speak Turkish and Kurdish and many people will understand and speak Basic English.
- Local Culture and Religion: There is no official religion in Turkey. However, most of the population follow Islam, and there are small groups of Christian.
- Public holidays: The city celebrates Gregorian New Year, Republic Day, and National Sovereignty Day.