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There are many historical buildings that deserve to be seen in the center of İzmir.

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Districts of Izmir Where You Can Have a Vacation in Autumn

Even though the summer is behind, the vacation does not end in Izmir. Here are 5 Izmir districts that you can visit in autumn.

1. Konak

Konak, the heart of Izmir, with its many touristic spots, is one of the most important places that those who come to the city in autumn should not return without seeing.

There are a ton of historical places you should see in Konak. We recommend you to spend more time in Konak than most other districts of Izmir because there are tons of different and beautiful places to visit here. You can start by seeing the Clock Tower located next to the Konak Yalı Mosque in Konak Square, which is one of the meeting points of the city. Kemeraltı Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars with its centuries-old history, and the Kızlarağası Inn where you can taste the most beautiful Turkish coffee in Izmir are among the historical places you can visit and do shopping.

Alsancak Train Station, Basmane Train Station, Stock Exchange Building, Old Ottoman Bank Building, Konak Pier, Pasaport, and Historical Elevator are some of the most valuable buildings that have survived until the present day.

The Agora ruins from the Roman period and Kadifekale built by Alexander the Great, the Polikarp Church built with the permission of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificient, and the Bet Israel Synagogue built as a Jewish sanctuary in the 1900s are among the historical heritages and still open to visitors.

If you are interested in museums, you can visit the Izmir Mask Museum, Women's Museum, Radio and Democracy Museum, Game and Toy Museum, Joy and Cartoon Museum, Izmir Painting and Sculpture Museum, Ahmet Priştina City Archive and Museum, Izmir Atatürk House and Museum, and State Railways TCDD Museum and Art Gallery.

Kordonboyu, which is the first place that comes to mind when Izmir is mentioned, Alsancak with its many original buildings and Kültürpark, which hosts fairs around the world, are among the interesting places in Konak.

2. Karşıyaka

Karsiyaka, one of the most popular districts of Izmir, takes you to the past with its old Levantine houses and historical buildings, while at the same time making you feel that the city is alive with its vibrant streets that never end.

Karşıyaka is famous for its mansions. Panetti Mansion which is a miniature of a palace in Venice; The Van der Zee Mansion; which serves as a cafe today; Latife Hanım Mansion Memorial House, the building where Zübeyde Hanım, the mother of the Great Leader Atatürk, spent her last days and passed away; are amongst the most well-known mansions in the district. Historical Alibey Turkish Bath, which was built at the beginning of the 19th century, is another important historical place to see in Karşıyaka.

If you’re interested in history, many museums await you in Karşıyaka. See our museums page to know more about Karşıyaka museums such as The Science Museum, Bostanlı Open Air Archaeological Museum, and Communication Museum. On the other hand, many monuments and statues like The Statue of Atatürk, The Statue of Nazım Hikmet, and The Statue of Human Rights salute you on the streets of Karşıyaka.

The wide street that welcomes you as soon as you get off the Konak-Karşıyaka ferry is the famous Karşıyaka Bazaar. Here, shops, cafes, bookstores, jewelers, and other shops right next to each other are always ready to welcome visitors. You can also taste various traditional flavors such as "kokoreç" and "döner kebab" here in this bazaar. Bostanlı, on the other hand, is the busiest and most popular part of Karşıyaka with the fish and meat restaurants serving every day until late hours, cafes and entertainment venues, shops that sell jewelry, clothing, and household goods. The area is easily accessed by ferry, light rail system, or minibus-taxis that depart from the Karşıyaka Port.

If you're into culture and art events, you can check the schedules of the organizations, and cultural centers in Karşıyaka, such as The Suat Taşer Theater in Bostanlı, Karşıyaka Theatre, Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra, and Ahmet Piriştina Cultural Center. We'd also like to remind you that there are many local and international festivals taking place in Karşıyaka throughout the year.

If you have children and you’d like them to meet horses, Tay Park is the place to go. There are small horses and domesticated animals inside the park which is located in Mavişehir.

3. Seferihisar

Seferihisar, the first slow city (Cittaslow) in Turkey, is a synonym for the word peace!

Located approximately 45 km from Izmir, Seferihisar promises you a peaceful holiday in four seasons of the year with its quiet streets, friendly people, ancient city, and houses with the original architecture.

You can visit the castle with the same name as the town in Sığacık, which was the northern port of Teos in ancient times. You can taste the freshest fish and seafood at the fishermen on the coast, and spend a pleasant day visiting the local market set up once a week.

Teos antique site, which is located 5 kilometers to Seferihisar is one of the oldest and most important historical remains in the district. Teos was one of the 12 Ionian cities and was established by the Achaean General Athamas around 1080 B.C. The most important building you will see in the city, which was founded by the Cretans and later settled by the Ionians, will be the Temple of Dionysus, built in the name of Teos' patron god. Besides, you can see many historical structures such as the harbor, the ancient theater, and the Agora Temple. Other historical buildings you will want to see are the Kasım Çelebi Madrasah, and the Museum of Memory of the City.

Mandarin Festival is held every November in Seferihisar, which is known as the tangerine paradise. If you are going to visit the district on these dates, we recommend that you do not miss this festival.

4. Selçuk

Selçuk is one of the places that attract visitors from all over the world in all seasons of the year.

One of the most visited places by history enthusiasts in Izmir is the Ancient City of Ephesus, a treasure on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Ephesus, you should visit the Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus, the House of the Virgin Mary, which is a place of pilgrimage for Christians, and the Church of Saint John. The works from the excavations in the city are exhibited at the Ephesus Museum. We are sure that the atmosphere of the region will fascinate you.

 If you want to spend a day in nature, Selçuk Bird Sanctuary, which is home to dozens of bird species, is perfect for you. Here, you can get to know birds in bird observation houses and go hiking to enjoy nature at the same time.

You should also visit Şirince Village. With its architectural structure, narrow streets with bougainvillea, small wine cellars under the houses, and vineyards gardens, you will feel like you're in a fairy-tale place, that brings nostalgia and peacefulness together. You can taste wine in Şirince and join the harvest festival.

5. Ödemiş

With its natural beauties, and historical heritage from Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian, Persian, Roman, and Byzantine eras, Ödemiş is one of the traditional and warm districts of the Aegean.

Birgi, which is one of the first places to be seen in the district, draws attention to its rich culture and natural beauties. Located 9 km from the center, Birgi is known as the cultural and faith tourism capital of the district. In Birgi, which is 5,000 years old, you can see the mausoleums, mosques, and baths, as well as the mansions that managed to survive until this day. Bademli, which is considered the most important touristic spot after Birgi, is another place worth seeing with its unique nature and important structures reflecting the history of the district.

After exploring Birgi and Bademli, you can also visit Konaklı, where you can see historical structures from the Byzantine and Ottoman periods; Kayaköy, which is famous for its castle ruins, and Günlüce, which looks like an open-air museum with a history dating back 5 to 6 thousand years.

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