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Bornova has been home to many civilizations and cultures including the author of Iliad and Odyssey epics, the world-famous poet Homer. Bornova, where the first settlement of İzmir was established, is ready to welcome its visitors with its young and dynamic city life.
Historical places in Bornova
Two of the most popular destinations for history enthusiasts in Bornova are Yeşilova Höyük and Yassıtepe Höyük. The Yeşilova Höyük is the city’s first settlement, dating back to 8,500 years at least, while Yassıtepe dates back to 8,000 years.
Although they are not as old as these two mounds, other historical places to see in Bornova include Bornova Train Station, mansions, museums, and religious buildings that are the meeting point of faiths.
Natural beauties of Bornova
The Homer Valley is located on the berth of Bornova Stream situated between the center of Bornova and Kayadibi. It is believed that Homer- which is thought to have been from Izmir- lived in a cave in the area, and this is where the valley gets its name from. The 500 thousand square meter valley, which harbors endemic plants specific to Izmir, is an ideal place for those who want to escape from the chaos of the city.
Flower Village, which is 2 kilometers from the Manisa- İzmir Highway and 6 kilometers from Bornova, is like the lungs of İzmir and is a popular excursion spot. The village is especially crowded during the weekends and filled with people who want to start the day with a huge Turkish style breakfast. Besides Çiçekli; Yaka, Kurudere, Beşyol, Çamiçi, Eğridere, Karaçam, Kavaklıdere, Kayadibi, Laka and Sarnıç are other ideal getaway spots.
Bornova Aşık Veysel Recreational Area is another place to spend quality time, thanks to its Olympic style ice rink, sports venues, culture-art halls, large parking lot, basketball court, tennis court, mini soccer fields, areas for kids, outdoor gym, lake, walking path, bicycle path and a 5000 people capacity amphitheater.
Küçükpark: Address of entertainment
Located in Bornova, a university area, Küçükpark offers entertainment for the young population with over 100 businesses. There are many restaurants which offer a variety of delicacies from fast food to local dishes at Küçükpark which is visited not only by the people of Bornova but also by people from all over İzmir.
Where to visit
You can visit Belkahve Ata Memorial House, Peterson Mansion, Paggy Mansion, Belhomme House, Murat House (haunted mansion), and Pandespanian Mansion in Bornova which is famous for its beautiful mansions. Yeşilova Höyük and Yassıtepe Höyük, the first prehistoric settlements of İzmir, Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, and Santa Maria Church are the places that history lovers will not want to miss. We recommend you to visit Homer Valley also, which is a colorful recreation area with ponds, flowers, and wooded areas in the district, which stands out with its natural beauties as well as its historical texture. Aşık Veysel Recreational Area is another important culture and art centers in İzmir that offers quality time with its sports facilities, recreational areas, and an amphitheater. Bornova Train Station and Küçükpark, both serving as entertainment centers today, are two other places to visit in the district.,
What to do
Bornova is a very popular district amongst university students. You can relax in the cafes, go shopping, discover the streets that are vivid all day, and visit museums and mansions. If you're chasing the sun and nature, hiking in recreation areas and renting bikes to explore these areas is just for you. If you want a different experience, you can try skating on the ice rink in the district.