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10 Reasons to Visit Izmir In Summer

Welcoming guests for most of the year thanks to its suitable climate, The Beautiful İzmir is even more charming in summer.

Here are 10 reasons to visit İzmir in summer.

1. Paradise of Beaches

İzmir has a coastline of 629 kilometers in total! Add to that a climate that allows swimming during the majority of the year, İzmir becomes one of the most important sea tourism destinations in Turkey. İzmir beaches, 52 of which are awarded blue flags, wait for its visitors who’d like to enjoy the sand, the sea, and the sun.

Among the unforgettable beaches of Izmir are the Çeşme beaches -there are almost 20 of them!-, Dikili beaches which are more than 40 kilometers in total length and which offer the most amazing sunset views, and the endless untouched Pamucak beaches.

2. Binlerce Yıllık Tarihe Tanıklık Edin

Izmir, a perfect city to live thanks to its location, natural beauties, and high living standards, is also a destination that has been home to many different civilizations throughout history. With the traces of the past in every corner, İzmir is always admired by history enthusiasts.

Home to countless historical sites from its 8,500 years of history, Izmir has numerous ruins that you need to see, from Smyrna Agora to The Ancient City of Ephesus. Besides, İzmir attracts history enthusiasts with its structures worth seeing in the city center. For example, Kemeraltı, one of the oldest shopping centers in the city, is a place you should definitely see with its historical buildings, as well as its colorful shops selling the most original souvenirs.

3. Home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The cultural and natural assets that are worthy of protection make İzmir one of the cities you must see. It is a city that embraces history, protects cultural and historical assets, and aims to transfer these assets to the next generations.

The UNESCO World Heritage List is a list that is determined by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and consists of "cultural" and "natural" values in the world. Two out of 15 values of Turkey that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List are located in İzmir. Listed in 2014 and 2015 respectively, these are Pergamon and Ephesus.

The historical Birgi City, Foça Castle, and Çandarlı Castle, on the other hand, are on the UNESCO Temporary List of World Heritage.

4. Enjoy the Summer Flavors

Izmir cuisine, colored by its multicultural history, is another reason to visit the city.

You can find the most delicious meals of Turkish, Cretan, Greek and Balkan cuisines in Izmir, which is shaped by the taste of the Levantines living here during the Ottoman reign.

Izmir’s cuisine is famous for being healthy especially with its delicious herbs. Amongst the must-try herbs in İzmir are ivy, mallow, nettle, wild cabbage, radish, wild mustard, blessed thistle, chicory, glasswort, angel’s tears, and watercress. These herbs are very rich in vitamins A and C. They are also good antioxidants with their calcium, phosphate, and iron content.

5. Find Healing in Izmir

İzmir has always been identified with the word health.

Its fresh air, enjoyable venues right next to the sea, hospitals, modern health facilities, specialist doctors in various fields, accommodation facilities that appeal to every budget, clinical rest houses, two-hour flight duration to European countries and advanced land, sea and air transportation makes İzmir one of the leading cities when it comes to medical tourism, with all its sub-branches like thermal tourism, medical SPA, third age tourism, etc. There are over 100 mountain trails for hiking and mountain biking; in fact, only the city center has a 40 km long coastal path including a track and a cycling trail.

In short, healthy days await you here in beautiful İzmir!

6. The Capital of Surfing

The sea in İzmir means vast waters that enable all kinds of sports on and underwater. And of course, summer is the best season to surf in Izmir.

Çeşme is the capital of surfing in Turkey. Çeşme Bays, especially Alaçatı, Ilıca, and Pırlanta, look like as if they were created for surfing. They host surf enthusiasts from all over the world.

In addition to the locations, you can also surf, windsurf, and kitesurf in Urla’s Çeşmeler, Seferihisar’s Akkum, and Foça’s Çandarlı. Menderes, Karaburun, Dikili, and Selçuk districts, on the other hand, are good destinations for water sports such as jet ski, banana, water ski, and canoeing, etc.

7. Culture and Art in Open Air

Deserving the title of “The City of Culture and Art” for the entire 365 days of the year, summer turns İzmir into a festival center where all these activities are carried to the open air.

Open-air concerts held every summer in Kültürpark host the best musicians from Turkey and all around the world. Moreover, Kültürpark Open Air Theater hosts many plays during the summer. Bornova Ayfer Feray Open Air Theater, Bostanlı Suat Taşer Theater, Çeşme Open Air Theater, and İzmir Arena are the other spots that bring together the summer evenings' chillness with music and theater.

8. Summer is the Season for the Festivals

Summer is the festival season in Izmir. The number of festivals organized throughout the year increases even more in the summer. Every event held in and around the city center takes place in a festive atmosphere where tens of thousands of people get together.

Numerous events such as the International Izmir Festival, the Izmir Youth Carnival, the International Ephesus Opera and Ballet Festival, the Bademli Festival, the Electronica Festival, the MillionFest Urla, and the International Çeşme Classical Music Festival await art enthusiasts in summer.

9. Very Easy to Reach

Besides its remarkable features, its geographical location is one of the most important reasons for choosing İzmir. It can easily be reached with a few hours of flight from many places. It’s also very close to the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey.

In addition to the numerous places you can visit in Izmir; famous nearby destinations such as Bodrum, Marmaris, Pamukkale, Kuşadası, and Ayvalık can be reached in a few hours.

You can also travel between the two countries by ferry services organized to some of the Greek Islands that share the beauties of the Aegean.

10. The Orange Circle

One of the main reasons to visit Izmir this summer is that the city is one of Turkey's most reliable destinations when it comes to safe tourism. To present healthy and reliable tourism in the city after the COVID-19 pandemic, The Orange Circle certification program has started for the restaurants, cafés, and hotels in Turkey's paradise-like holiday destination, Izmir.

Within the scope of the program, the Izmir Tourism Hygiene Board was established with the cooperation of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Izmir Foundation.

The Board formed by the representatives from the tourism industry and scientists determined the hygiene standards that must be fulfilled to carry out tourism services in a healthy way. Businesses that meet these standards are entitled to receive the Orange Circle Certificate.

When you come to Izmir, you can prefer a facility with a certificate to spend a safe and peaceful vacation.

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