Izmir was established in the third millennium BC (at present day Bayraklı) and had the most advanced culture, alongside Troy, in Western Anatolia.
Izmir streets are shaded by palm trees, and the houses elegant and it continues to be a focal point for tourism and entertainment. Izmir’s coastline is renowned for its fish restaurants and castle ruins and its walls built by Lysimachus under the reign of Alexander the Great offers an excellent vantage point from where to enjoy a magnificent view of the Gulf of İzmir.
Ephesus and Sirince are a short drive from Izmir.
Sirince is an original Aegean settlement with a long history dating from the Ottoman Period. Ephesus is Turkey’s most best preserved and restored ancient city. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, the Temple of Hadrian and the sumptuous Temple of Artemis which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.