20 Best Things to Do in Izmir for Less than 50 TL
There is no need to spend a lot of money to enjoy Izmir. Here are 20 wonderful activities that can be done with a budget of 50 liras
1. See Izmir from the Historical Elevator
The Historical Elevator is one of the places where the magnificent view of the Gulf can be enjoyed. Here you can have a nice time dining with a fascinating view of the city.
2. Drink Turkish Coffee in Kızlarağası
After exploring the historical streets, inns, and covered bazaars of Kemeraltı, you can stop by Kızlarağası Inn for a refreshing coffee and taste the delicious Turkish coffee cooked in the sand.
3. Start the Day with Boyoz and Tea
İzmir’s boyoz, which has a history of almost 500 years, is also a registered trademark since 2017. It's made by baking round pieces of dough which consist of wheat flour, water, and salt. Boyoz is an indispensable food in İzmir, especially at breakfast. After having breakfast in Alsancak Dostlar Bakery with boyoz and tea, you can take a walk in Kordonboyu.
4. See Izmir from a Ferry
Visiting the world-famous beaches is not the only way to enjoy the sea in Izmir. The ferries of İzmir also offer you a peaceful time, even with the shortest journey. You can take a ferry from Alsancak to Karşıyaka and rest your soul with a wonderful view.
5. Ride a BISIM Bike from Mavişehir to İnciraltı
Izmir is a very bike-friendly city thanks to its many cycling routes both in the city center and around. Thanks to the "BISIM" rental system that you can use in the city center, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy the Gulf on the 40-kilometer route from Mavişehir to İnciraltı.
6. Take Photos in Seyirtepe
You can go to Seyirtepesi, which is located on the road to Örnekköy National Park, Bayraklı, by taking the shuttles departing from Karşıyaka or Konak. You can have dinner at the restaurant in Seyirtepe and take a photo of the wonderful view.
7. Discover the Natural Life Park
Opened in 2008, the Natural Life Park embodies the zoo of the city. 27 km from Çiğli city center, The largest natural life park of Europe, İzmir Natural Life Park is one of the prestigious projects of İzmir. Thanks to the special arrangements made in the area, the necessary conditions are provided for the comfort of the animals. Natural Life Park has been increasing the number of species and varieties with 2600 animals in 138 species.
8. Taste the Kumru
Kumru, whose history dates back to 150 years ago and was registered as İzmir Kumrusu by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2017, is a sandwich prepared by İzmir tulum cheese, cheddar, tomato, pepper, sausage, and salami in a special bread. The bread, which is usually made from chickpea yeast, is named after this sandwich because it resembles a dove bird (Kumru means dove bird in Turkish) thanks to its shape, which is large in the middle and thin on the tip. Kumrucu Ömür, Kumrucu Şevki, Kumrucu Ateş, and Kumrucu Apo are some of the places where you can taste the most delicious of baked kumru.
9. Stop the Time at the Clock Tower
The first place that comes to mind when you mention Izmir is the Historical Clock Tower, located in Konak Square, the heart of the city. You can take a break and take a selfie in front of the tower, which is 25 meters high and has 4 floors. You can even ask traveling photographers walking around the tower to capture a more professional frame of you.
10. Wait in the Lokma Line
Lokma is one of the most famous desserts in Izmir. While wandering around Karşıyaka, Bostanlı, Alsancak, or Bornova, you can see a lokma counter set up for charity on the road and enjoy free lokma.
11. How About a Glass Of Şirince Wine?
Şirince (which means “cute” in Turkish) village of Selçuk district lives up to its name thanks to its nature, streets, houses, and hospitable people. When you’re in the area, do not forget to open a bottle of Şirince wines made with the essence of many fruits such as blackberry, blueberry, melon, and strawberry.
12. Say Goodbye to the Sun in Kordon
You can say goodbye to the sun against a beautiful sunset view by sitting in one of the cafes in Kordonboyu or lying on the grass with a drink you bought from a buffet nearby.
13. Have a ‘Slow’ Day in Seferihisar
Seferihisar, Turkey's first slow city (Cittaslow), is one of the most peaceful places you can ever visit. When you come to Seferihisar, do not forget to visit Seferihisar Bazaar, which is set up on the weekend and eat fish at the restaurants on the shore.
14. Çiçekliköy’de Köy Kahvaltısı Yapın
If you want to start the day with a perfect and original village breakfast in Izmir, we recommend you to go to Çiçekliköy on a Sunday morning. This village, which is known for its lush nature, has many places where you can consume fresh and organic breakfast products, such as cheese varieties, hand-made pastries, home-made jams, fruit and honey plates, and the famous herbs of Izmir of course. The two most popular places for the village breakfast in Çiçekliköy are Nirvana Breakfast Houses and Aktuğ Village Breakfast.
15. Take a Walt at Karagöl
Karagöl Nature Park is one of the cleanest natural parks where you can escape from city life and have a nice day and even go camping. You can take pleasant walks on the paths around Karagöl located in Bayraklı and feed the ducks swimming in the shade of willows.
16. Visit the Alaçatı Herbs Festival
Alaçatı Herb Festival, which is the first herb festival in İzmir, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors. A specific herb is selected each year as the theme of the festival which is organized by Çeşme Municipality in April. Different herbs and food are tasted. Many workshops and panels with famous chefs are also held during the festival. In addition to the events at the festival, you can get free olive oil tasting workshops.
17. Discover the Cyprus Martyrs’ Street
Cyprus Martyrs' Street, the most famous street in Alsancak, is considered one of the iconic streets of the city. With its colorful shops, cute cafes, and bookstores, Cyprus Martyrs' Street is one of the destinations you should definitely visit. You can shop on the street, which is lively at all hours of the day, and have a pleasant evening at some of the numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs.
18. See the Museums of Izmir
There are many museums in İzmir that you can see without paying an entrance fee including İzmir Ethnography Museum, Ümran Baradan Game and Toy Museum, İzmir Atatürk Museum, State Railways - TCDD Museum, İzmir Museum of Radio and Democracy, Joy and Cartoon Museum, İzmir Mask Museum, and İzmir Women’s Museum.
19. Drink ‘Atom’ in Kemeraltı!
Atom is a drink made by juicing oranges, apples, grapes, tangerines, and many other fresh and healing fruits, and is a complete vitamin store. Especially in the kiosks in Kemeraltı, you can drink a huge glass of atom at very low prices.
20. Enjoy Rakı & Fish in Kilizman
Known as Kilizman, or Klozemenai in ancient times, the neighborhood is one of the most beautiful destinations in Güzelbahçe. Here you can skip the more expensive restaurants and check the more boutique businesses that regularly offer discounts, and taste the trio of fish, raki, and appetizers at very affordable prices with a wonderful sunset view.
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