How to Spend a Day in Izmir?
Weeks are not enough to fully enjoy Izmir. However, what if you had limited time in this beautiful city? Here is a plan for you to live İzmir to the fullest in just one day.
The first destination: Konak!
If you came to Izmir by plane, you can reach Konak by taking a cab or İZBAN. If you're in the bus terminal, you can take bus number 302. You'll need a Kentkart for public transportation. You can buy it from almost every kiosk in the terminal and put some credits on it.
See the places you will visit before visiting them from the Historical Elevator
When you’re in Konak, you can first stop by The Historical Elevator to see what a beautiful city awaits you and get excited. The Elevator, located between Mithat Paşa Street and the 40-meter high Şehit Nihat Bey Street, was built on an old quarry and put into service in 1907. The world-renowned Turkish-Jewish singer, pianist, and artist Dario Moreno used to live on the street where the Elevator is located and the street was named after him. There are a classy restaurant and café at the elevator, which can be reached from both Mithat Paşa Street and Halil Rifat Paşa Street.
Don’t forget to stop by the symbol of Izmir
From The Historical Elevator, let's continue our trip with the Izmir Clock Tower located in Konak Square, also known as the heart of Izmir. The Izmir Clock Tower, which was built in 1901 as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the succession of the throne of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, is also one of the meeting points of the locals in İzmir. Here you can take a short break to take photos and enjoy the square full of pigeons.
Next stop: Kemeraltı
Now it's time to step into Kemeraltı. The 500-year-old historical Kemeraltı Bazaar, spread over a wide area of 270 hectares, is a place you should definitely see and shop in Izmir. It now serves as a huge open-air bazaar with its candy shops, spice shops, gift shops, and much more. Famous for its inns and fountains, Kemeraltı is also a place where you can taste the best dishes of İzmir.
A refreshing Turkish coffee in Kızlarağası Inn
Our next stop is Kızlarağası Inn, the biggest and the most magnificent historical inn in İzmir, with its Ottoman-style architecture. It is thought to be built by Hacı Beşir Ağa in 1743. It was first used by the visiting merchants to leave their loads and spend the night. After visiting the stores that now sell ceramic, wooden, and glass souvenirs, local crafts and fabric products, evil eye beads, silver jewelry, and gemstones, you can drink a refreshing Turkish coffee which is boiled on the hot sand.
Next Stop: Agora Open-Air Museum
Our next stop is the Agora Open Air Museum, which is a part of Izmir's multicultural and multi-layered history. One of the large agoras located in the city center of the world, Agora is the only example with its three-layered structure. Here, it is possible to see layers belonging to the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras. If you have time, you can visit the Izmir Archeological Museum and Museum of History and Art that exhibit the artifacts from the Agora.
Return to the Konak Square and Kordonboyu
After spending a few hours of history, you can return to Konak Square to enjoy the city center. You can stop by Konak Pier, Pasaport, Cumhuriyet Square, and Gündoğdu Square to witness the beautiful view of the sun preparing to say goodbye and walk towards Kültürpark.
Time to take a walk in Kültürpark
One of the largest green areas of Konak district is Kültürpark. The park, which is established on an area of 420 thousand square meters, hosts various activities throughout the year. The park is also home to many structures such as İsmet Inonu Art Center, İzmir History and Art Museum, and Parachute Tower. You can take a walk and relax in this peaceful oasis to get plenty of oxygen, listen to the sounds of birds, and smell the pine trees.
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