An Autumn Vacation in Izmir
Autumn is a great season to enjoy Izmir. On the one hand, you can still keep up with the most popular summer activities and feel like a tourist, on the other hand, you can enjoy the city like an Izmirian as the city life gradually returns to its original routine. Here are the activities that will liven up your autumn vacation in Izmir.
Enjoy the Sea
In Izmir, which is sunny 300 days of the year, the average temperature in September is 29 and the average temperature in October is 24 degrees Celcius. In other words, you can continue to enjoy the sea in autumn in this city, which has a coastline of 629 kilometers.
If you want to enjoy İzmir beaches, 52 of which have been awarded the Blue Flag, the first destination we can recommend to you is Çeşme, one of the city's most popular sea tourism routes. Dikili and Pamucak are also among the first addresses that come to mind when it comes to enjoying the sea in Izmir.
See Every Corner of the City Center
With the autumn, the crowd in Izmir's city center decreases a little, as is the case with the beaches. Thus, with the weather being cooler, you have a whole day to explore every corner of Izmir. From the Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar to the Clock Tower, from the Historical Elevator to the Alsancak Station, from the Stock Exchange Palace to the Konak Pier Historical Buildings to See in Izmir’s City Center are waiting for you in autumn.
Don't Miss Out Festivals and Other Events
Most of the festivals hosting not only the people of Izmir but also participants from all over the country are held in autumn. Events such as Izmir Boyoz Festival, Octoberfest, Ephesus Theater Festival, Coffee Fest, Izmir Autumn Fest, Izmir Tea Fest, Izmir Sculpture Days, Mountain Bike Races, International Art and Pottery Festival, and Traditional Grape Harvest Festivals await you in autumn.
It is also possible to come across seasonal and harvest festivals celebrated in different regions at some point in your trip. Kavacık Grape Festival, Seferihisar Tangerine Festival, Bergama Kermis Festival, Bergama Zeybek Festival, İrimağzı Fig Harvest, Bornova Camel Wrestling, Selçuk Ephesus Festival are just a few of them.
Immerse Yourself in Healing Waters
Izmir, which has been given titles such as "the place where death does not enter" and "the city where testaments are not opened" throughout history, is surrounded by thermal springs and hot springs all around. You can immerse yourself in healing waters at many addresses including Bergama, Dikili, Menemen in the north, Çeşme, Seferihisar in the west, Tire in the south, Ilıca and Balçova in the center.
Moreover, autumn is an ideal season for this, because while the thermal tourism is still active in the city, the public hot springs are less crowded compared to summer.
Discover the Villages of Izmir
The cool weather is also a great opportunity to explore İzmir's famous villages. Şirince, a lush Aegean village with its two-story white houses, cobblestone streets, and handcrafted stalls in Selçuk district, is one of the first addresses you should visit to enjoy its fruit wines and elderberry sherbet.
Ödemiş's Birgi village, on the other hand, is one of the most special spots of İzmir with its lush nature and its numerous historical and cultural structures that have survived to the present day from its history dating back to 2.000 BC.
For a perfect village breakfast, from cheese varieties to hand-rolled pastries, homemade jams, fruit honey plates and of course İzmir's delicious herbs, the address you should check is Çiçekliköy.
Enjoy Izmir on a Rainy Day
If you wake up on a rainy day when you come to Izmir in the autumn, don't be upset. Because many wonderful activities can be done in Izmir on a rainy day. For example, you can go to Kızlarağası Inn, visit the shops selling antiques, souvenirs made of ceramics, wood, and glass, and local handicrafts, and then drink a coffee in the famous coffeehouses of this magnificent inn with a historical atmosphere.
Going to the theater or cinema, exploring museums, visiting exhibitions, or going to a Turkish bath are among the dozens of activities you can do in Izmir in autumn.
Don't Forget To Taste Local Flavors
While you’re on vacation in Izmir, you should taste the kumru and boyoz, which are symbols of the city. The most popular addresses for kumru are Kumrucu Ömür, Kumrucu Şevki, Kumrucu Ateş, Kumrucu Apo and the Tarihi Alsancak Gevrek Bakery. Alsancak Dostlar Bakery is one of the best places when it comes to boyoz.
Since you are in the capital of Aegean cuisine, do not forget to taste healthy vegetable dishes with olive oil. Eggplant cigirtma, sweet tarhana, sinkonta, and fish soup are among the famous and healthy dishes of Izmir.
İzmir is also a paradise for dessert enthusiasts. Lokma, sakız tatlısı (desert with gum), sakızlı dondurma (gum-flavored ice cream), sakızlı un kurabiyesi (flour cookies with gum), shambali, samsades, lor tatlısı (a dessert with soft uncured cheese), and karabaşotu reçeli (buckwheat herb jam) are the most famous desserts in İzmir.