10 Things to Do in İzmir on a Rainy Day
İzmir is heavenly beautiful in the rain. Here are 10 activities you can do in İzmir on a rainy day.
Visit the Kızlarağası Inn
Kızlarğası Inn, located in Halim Ağa Bazaar in Kemeraltı, is one of the most popular inns in the city with its Ottoman-style architecture. With its 300 years of history and traces of Ottoman architecture, this inn is perfect to take shelter from the rain. There are stores that sell ceramic, wooden, and glass souvenirs, local crafts and fabric products, evil eye beads, silver jewelry, and gemstones. There are cafés in the garden where you can have the most delicious Turkish coffee.
Take a Walk in Kordon
As one of the most famous spots in İzmir, Kordon is even more beautiful when the weather is rainy. Starting from Konak and walking up to Alsancak, don't forget to breathe in the salty air, enjoy the Pasaport, Cumhuriyet Square and Kordonboyu in rainy weather.
Spend Some time on the Cyprus Martyrs
You can spend a good time on Cyprus Martyrs' Street in the rain. There are many shops, cafes, bars, and bookshops where you can take shelter. If you are one of those who do not like to get wet, you can spend a whole day here without understanding how time has passed.
Enjoy the View of the Gulf
The view will not be as clear as the sunny days, but everyone should see the misty and foggy state of the Gulf at least once. You can see firsthand how beautiful İzmir looks in the rain by going to The Historical Elevator, Teleferik (Cable Car), and Seyirtepe.
See a Play or a Movie
When you want to be indoors again, you can take a look at the schedules of the İzmir State Theater, the theaters of many district municipalities, and the private ones. You can also find a movie that you will like in a cinema close to you in every part of the city.
Check the Exhibitions
If you are an art lover, many exhibitions are waiting for you. Among the exhibition halls you can visit are İzmir Painting and Sculpture Museum and Gallery, Historical Gas Plant Cultural Center, Arkas Art Center, MMO Tepekule Congress and Exhibition Center, and Folkart Gallery.
Explore the Museums
İzmir is a paradise for museum enthusiasts! İzmir Archeology Museum hosts findings that have traces from the 8,500-year-long history of İzmir and it is one of the first museums to visit in the city. After your visit, we recommend that you also see İzmir Ethnography Museum, which shares the same garden and hosts examples of many handicrafts of İzmir. The other museums you can visit in the city are İzmir Community Painting and Sculptures Museum Art Gallery, Ümran Baradan Game and Toy Museum, İzmir History and Arts Museum, İzmir Atatürk Museum, Music Museum and Sound Library, State Railways - TCDD Museum, İnciraltı Naval Museum and many more.
Go to a Concert
It is possible to find a concert in İzmir that appeals to every musical taste, especially on weekends. In İsmet İnönü Art Center, and Ahmet Adnan Saygun Art Center, Turkey's first world-standard concert hall, you can listen to İzmir State Symphony Orchestra. Hikmet Şimşek Art Center is an address that jazz lovers should check out. You can also listen to the pop and rock bands performing at many bars in Alsancak in the evening.
Discover the Local Tastes
How about making use of the rainy weather and getting a mission of tasting the most famous tastes of İzmir one after another? Without having to go to Çeşme, you can visit famous kumru restaurants in Kemeraltı, eat a few mussels while walking to Alsancak, eat boyoz in Alsancak Dostlar Bakery, and order the most famous olive oil appetizers in İzmir in a restaurant on the seaside.
Go to a Turkish bath
Although it is unlikely, if the weather gets too cold for you, you can go to a Turkish bath to get warm and feel refreshed. Historical baths from the Ottoman era to the present are perfect for living this experience. Ali Bey, Çukur, Çivici, Kadı, Hoşgör, Namazgah, Tevfik Pasha, and İstanköy Turkish baths are the historical ones still in use.
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