10 Reasons to Visit İzmir in the Spring
Although many people prefer summer to visit İzmir, this city is very beautiful in the spring as well. Here are 10 reasons to visit İzmir in the spring.
Nature wakes up and calls you
Spring is the season when nature awakens in İzmir. If you are a nature lover, you can come to İzmir in the spring to go hiking in nature and camping. You cannot find a more ideal season than spring to escape to the green arms of nature, to breathe the cleanest air among the sounds of birds by finding a spot no more than half an hour away from the most central and noisy point of the city.
Enjoy the sea in the spring
You do not have to wait for the summer months to enjoy the sea in İzmir, which has 300 sunny days a year. On many beaches, the seawater starts to warm up with the spring months. Although it is not as hot as summer, you can see many people swimming in the beaches of İzmir in spring. Moreover, enjoying the beaches of İzmir in the spring means a more pleasant experience away from the summer crowd.
Spring is the season of herbs
Spring is the season when the healthy and delicious herbs of İzmir begin to grow. 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.
Don’t miss the festival season
With spring, festivals start in every corner of İzmir. Numerous organizations from the European Jazz Festival to the International Puppet Days, from the Bademli Bicycle Festival to the Chocolate and Dessert Festival, from the International Children's Festival to the Ödemiş Kite Festival, from the Bayındır International Flower Festival to the Bergama Theater Festival, are waiting for you in İzmir.
Nature parks open their doors
Spring is also the season of enjoying the nature parks in İzmir. Örnekköy Nature Park, located in Karşıyaka and only 15 minutes away from the city center or Meryemana Nature Park, which is very close to the Ancient City of Ephesus, start to welcome their visitors with the spring. Besides nature parks, places such as Kültürpark and Bird Sanctuary also wake up in spring.
Pedals start turning
In 2019, İzmir became a part of the European Cycle Route Network (EuroVelo) thanks to its efforts for the development of cycling tourism. Spring is the season to start enjoying this bicycle-friendly city on two wheels. You can rent a bike with the BİSİM system from one of the 31 stations situated between İnciraltı Recreational Area and Bird Paradise then return the bike to whichever station you prefer.
The most magical time of Alaçatı
Alaçatı, one of the most beautiful spots in İzmir, welcomes visitors in all 12 months of the year. However, especially in the summer, the region can be very crowded. There is no better season than spring to peacefully stroll through the streets of Alaçatı, see the historical houses, shop from calm stalls and of course attend the famous Alaçatı Herb Festival.
It’s time for organic markets
In İzmir, which is an important agricultural city, the lands where controlled and good agriculture is made have also made İzmir one of the leading cities in organic agriculture. There are three organic markets in İzmir where producers can sell their certified products. In the organic markets established in Karşıyaka, Bostanlı on Fridays and Balçova and Bornova on Saturdays, only organic products are sold. All of these markets turn into a colorful feast with the spring.
Healing thermal waters
İzmir has been a perfect destination with its thermal destination since ancient times. Thermal waters come together with accommodation facilities arranged with the remedies of modern medicine and distribute health to its visitors from all over the world. Although İzmir's hot springs are open most of the year, spring is the ideal season to find healing and peace together before the summer crowd begins.
Yamamoto Japanese Garden wakes up
This garden was built in memory of the architect Tatsuya Yamamoto, who lived in Turkey for many years and passed away in 2010. Located in Bayraklı, the garden wakes up in spring with its Sakura, Gynkı, Biloba, and Bamboo trees that are unique to Japan, and makes you feel like you’re walking on the furthest corners of the world.