IZMIR–The Princess of the Aegean

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Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, İzmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, İzmir is ready for you to discover. İzmir owes its position as an economically and socially dynamic city to its location, climate and the fact that it has been a home to many different cultures and religions. Persians, Ancient Greeks, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans are just a few of the dozens of different civilizations that the city has hosted throughout its long history. The fact that almost half of its population of 4 million are under the age of 30, makes İzmir a city full of life. The city hosts tens of thousands of university students, educates scientists, artists, business leaders and academics. With its perfect climate, İzmir has a wonderful natural environment for agricultural products such as olives, figs, grapes and cotton. Various sea food, wines, local herbs, olive oil and the delicious cuisine make İzmir an attractive city also for gourmets. It is the city of a magnificent history, the blue sea, delicious cuisine, freedom and healing. With versatile production opportunities, rich natural resources and high quality of life İzmir is a pioneering city both in Turkey and in the world. İzmir also has great potential in agriculture, industry and service sectors, is in development in terms of export, and attracts many investors with its logistics infrastructure, qualified workforce and multi-sector structure.

İzmir is the destination of happy, fun and joyful vacations, as it is always ready to welcome you with a sun shining brightly almost 300 days of a year, with its kilometers-long coasts and its sandy beaches with turquoise waters and with plenty of facilities where you can participate in all kinds of sea and water sports...The city hosts the ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergamon; the remains of the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the House of Virgin Mary and many other historical treasures. İzmir presents the rich history it inherited through museums, art galleries, exhibitions, historical sites and historical structures. The values left behind by many civilizations which İzmir preserves with great care show that people have lived together in peace no matter what their beliefs are. İzmir is in a good condition in terms of health tourism, health institutions and medical centers. There are 268 diagnosis and treatment hospitals in İzmir and substantial investments are made in health sector. There are many options in İzmir in terms of hotels, travel agencies, intermediary and consulting firms, transportation sector, insurance and finance sector. Blended with herbs, olive oil dishes and seafood, and enriched with tastes of different cultures lived in the city for centuries, Aegean cuisine is among the hallmarks of Izmir’s gastronomy and healthy life. In short, it is the cuisine of healthy and delicious food blended with the food and beverage culture of Cretan, Albanian, Thessalonians and Bosnians who came to the city by exchange or migration, of Jews who have been living here for 500 years, of Levantines, Greeks, Armenians, and, of course, of the people who were born and raised in Izmir. The most consumed foods along with bread in breakfasts in Izmir include "boyoz," "kumru" and "gevrek". Tomatoes, goat cheese, green pepper, olive oil seasoned with thyme, crushed olives of the season, palm-fruit olives, and jams made with seasonal fruits such as strawberry, cherry, quince,  citrus and fig are consumed fondly. In addition to herb dishes, meat dishes, dishes made of offal and fish products are widely common in Izmir cuisine.

Every city is famous for one thing. But İzmir is not like any city. It's where a siesta takes up a whole day. It's where a road trip turns into time travel. It's where a day on the beach can become an adrenaline rush. Izmir is the best choice for those who expect more than just simple holidays!


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