Kemeraltı, one of the largest open-air bazaars of our country that spreads over an area of 270 hectares, is amongst the most vibrant areas in İzmir. It is not only one of the most popular destinations of those living in Izmir, but also one of the first stops of those who come to explore the city. Combining the traces of the past with the texture of today, the bazaar stands out as one of the historic places worth seeing with its colorful shops where you can meet your every need, as well as inns and fountains. Kemeraltı has played an important role in the commercial life of İzmir. It doesn’t only attracts history and shopping enthusiasts, but also gourmets thanks to its restaurants where you can taste special foods of the city.
Thanks to its cultural and historical values, Selçuk is one of the leading tourism destinations in Turkey. The ancient city of Ephesus is just one of the historic districts that make İzmir elite worldwide because of its cultural assets. The first settlement in this district adorned with historical textures dates back nearly eight thousand years.
İzmir has been a fascinating city since ancient times. “They established their city under the most beautiful sky and in the best climate we know on earth.” said Herodot about it. Aristotle told Great Alexander that he’d be incomplete if he didn’t see İzmir. Victor Hugo, the great author, wrote poems for İzmir, and called it a ‘princess.’