A Day in Touch with Nature
Even though it is the third-largest city of Turkey, İzmir is a place where you can escape the chaos of the city, exhaust fumes, and noise within thirty minutes at most. Beautiful parks, forests and more where you can listen to the sounds of birds, feel the breath and find peace are waiting for you in İzmir. If you want to spend a day in touch with nature, here are some suggestions:
Walk in Kültürpark
Kültürpark in the center of the city is a peaceful place where you can breathe in the refreshing air, listen to the birds, and smell the pines with the meticulously grown trees and flora. There are 9 thousand 500 trees brought from all over the world, from America to Siberia, from Europe to the Far East within the Kültürpark.
Kültürpark is a paradise for pedestrians with its 421 thousand square meter area. You can also easily wander in Kültürpark with your bicycle, run on walking trails and let off your stream by walking on grass barefoot. You can also run on 850 meters long tartan track.
Enjoy the barbecue at Lift
Ready for a gorgeous İzmir view? Lift Facilities in Balçova district provides it. With the lift, you can reach up to social rest facilities in Atatepe from Yeşiltepe with eight-person cabins, painted with the colors of the rainbow. You can see the view of the coast and dam on either side during the three-minute journey.
There are observation terraces, rural coffeehouse, café, and food and beverage shops starting from the entrance of Atatepe station in Balçova Lift Facilities. Visitors can make a barbecue in the controlled self-catering picnic area and the "beef house". There are also playgrounds for children in the Lift Facilities. Note that you can't bring food from outside. You can also easily reach Balçova with the municipality buses from the city center. Providing service between 10.00 to 23.00 every day, the facility is free for the minors below five years of age.
Swim in the pools and make bushwalks in Ilıca facilities
Ilıca facilities, where the historic Agamemnon Hot Springs are located, are in Balçova. It is a unique recreational area with the trees brought from different places of Turkey. There are thermal facilities in this area, where you can walk, wander on grass, listen to the birds and have dizziness from the oxygen. You can use baths or thermal pools in this thermal facility after your walk.
Live İzmir, photograph the streets
İzmir is a bright city that receives sunlight for 300 days of the year. If you are interested in taking photographs, you can photograph the city by walking. You can view the blueness of the sea in Karşıyaka, greenness of the nature in Kültürpark, İnciraltı City Forest, colorful booths of the historic bazaar in Kemeraltı, lively flowers in Hisarönü, historic streets of İzmir in Basmane, phaetons in Kordon, history of the city in Agora and vivacious city life of İzmir in every street in every hour. You can buy photography materials you need from the technological markets in large shopping malls.
Enjoy the green and the blue in İnciraltı City Forest
İnciraltı City Forest is a place where you can enjoy both the sea and nature in İzmir. İnciraltı City Forest, where you can reach with municipality buses, covers approximately two million square meters of area with İnciraltı fishpond. You can do both sports and jogging and picnic in this area available at all hours of the day.
There are recreational areas, bridges made of natural stones, rocks and wood, walking trails and cycle lanes in İnciraltı City Forest. Wetland area where the birds shelter and spawn is protected by a wire fence.
Breathe sea air on Mustafa Kemal Coast Road
One of the most important features that make İzmir unique is that you can easily reach the places where you can breathe the sea air. For example, Mustafa Kemal Coast Road allows walking and cycling on coastline and landside for approximately 6.5 kilometers between Üçkuyular Ferry Dock and Konak. There are many cafes on the land-side of this area, where you can safely walk till the late hours during summer.
Visit the Zoo at Sasalı 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 1048 animals in 128 species. Being a member of The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the Natural Life Park attracts great attention, especially from children. There are Asian elephants, African savannas, tigers, lions, cougars, birds of prey, hyenas, bears as well as a wolf shelter, a monkey island, the children's zoo, a tropical center, a cafeteria, and a gift shop in the park.
Photo-safari in İzmir Birds Paradise
Another place to see in Çiğli is İzmir Birds Paradise. Gediz Delta, starting from Mavişehir and reaching out to Foça hills, covers a large area of 40 thousand hectares. With this surface area, the delta is the fourth largest delta of Turkey.
Shore swamps, freshwater swamps, water meadows, reeds, saltpans, hills, fishponds and many different biotopes of the Delta in Çiğli provide shelter for rare birds and other high variety for other species. 277 bird species are recorded in Gediz Delta. It is also one of the most important reproduction and nutrition areas of Pelecanus Crispus, which is found only in five places in Turkey and is an endangered bird species.
The area, visited by bird watchers, scientists and photographers is a grade 1 natural site area.
Enjoy the weekend in Homeros Valley
Homeros Valley and Recreational Area, consisting of many ponds and picnic areas and named after the famous historian born in İzmir, is located Bornova Kayadibi Village. The recreation area including seven kilometers of valley arrangement was put into service in 2008. The area, which includes picnic areas surrounded by rare flowers, is known as the place for families for weekend joy.
Meet with the picture postcard-like nature in Karagöl
Karagöl Natural Park is a place for an escape from the city. It is on Yamanlar Mountain in Karşıyaka district. There is a rural bar, toilets, buffet, picnic units, camp facilities in the park, which is 26 kilometers away from İzmir. Electricity, freshwater and tap water are available.
Karagöl, where you can view the İzmir coast as in plane, also provides an opportunity to explore the beauty of Yamanlar Mountain. You can make a barbecue or picnic in Karagöl while watching the elegant swimming of ducks. Karagöl is a gorgeous nature paradise, where you will need a sweater even in hot days of summer.
Picnic time in Çiçekliköy
Çiçekliköy, known not only as the lung of Bornova but also in İzmir, is located on the Manisa-İzmir Highway. It's a recreational area full of pine trees. You can do jogging or have a good time with your family in Çiçekliköy, which has children's playgrounds, breakfast halls, barbecue areas, beef restaurants, and parking spaces. There are many businesses open not only during the weekend but also during weekdays in Çiçekliköy
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