Top 5 Places for Barbecue in Izmir
Izmir has great spots for barbecue enthusiasts too. Here are 5 destinations where you can have a barbecue party and have a good time with your loved ones.
1. Karagöl Recreation Area
Located in Karşıyaka district, up in the Yamanlar Mountains which have made a name with the legend of Tantalus, this area is 26 kilometers from Izmir.
There is a country club in the park with a view of the lake where you can have a barbecue. If you don’t take your own grill with you, you can rent one in the park.
The recreation area has toilets, a snack stand, picnic units, electricity, drinking, and utility water. It is possible to stay overnight in the park by setting up a tent.
2. Yedigöller (Seven Lakes)
Yedi Göller (Seven Lakes) is a recreation area established by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality in a 100 thousand m2 natural valley in Buca. The project is inspired by the Yedigöller (Seven Lakes) in Abant, Bolu. It has seven artificial lakes. You can have a barbecue in the area. If you have not provided all the equipment and food required for the barbecue in advance, you can buy them from the surrounding grocery stores and markets.
When you come to Buca, which is famous for its village tourism, you can enjoy a barbecue also in Kaynaklar village apart from Yedigöller. There are countless places in Kaynaklar where you can barbecue amidst the soothing scents of the forest and flowers. After you are full, do not forget to enjoy an after-dinner siesta in the hammocks offered by most places.
There are also recreation areas where you can barbecue in Çiçekliköy, which is actually known for its breakfast places. If you wish, you can go here for breakfast first, and after taking a long walk, you can start your barbecue with a magnificent view of Izmir. In order to reach Çiçekliköy, you can turn to Manisa road from Bornova, follow the signs and start enjoying your barbecue in just 15-20 minutes.
5. Sarnıç Lake Picnic Area
If you'd like to spend a quiet weekend in private with nature, The Sarnıç Picnic Area is the place to go. It's settled on a 350-decare land of pine forest. The beautiful view of the pond where you can see all shades of green is an attraction center with its fresh air and offers an ideal environment for those who want to do hiking. When you visit the pond you can dine in the restaurants or have a barbecue in the picnic areas.