With a warm Turkish climate, Izmir welcomes visitors for most of the year...
A windsurfer's paradise, the active among us will enjoy the brisk winds of the Aegean Sea. Alacati is the favourite spot among windsurfers, due to its consistent breezes.
Lined with palm trees and restaurants, Izmir's waterfront is beautiful and the biggest port after Istanbul in Turkey.
The Clock Tower, located in the Konack Square and dating back to the Ottoman period, is a famous landmark in Izmir and has become an icon of the city. It's well worth a visit.
For those who like to watch the world go by while sat on a beach, the good news is there are plenty of beaches to choose from. With car hire in Izmir, access to coastal towns is simple. Foca, Urla, Cesme and Alacati all have crystal clear seas and white, sandy beaches.
The most popular resort is an old fishing town, Kusadasi, located on the west coast of Turkey. A favourite with families due to its shallow waters and clean, sandy beaches, Kusadasi is flooded with fantastic tavernas. Seek out the backstreets where you'll find an ancient marketplace, the Kemeralti Bazaar and Izmir's version of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Here you'll find spices, souvenirs, leather and handmade gifts. When the sun goes down, the nightlife starts and there are plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained.
Traditional Turkish food is widely available in Izmir, including kofte kebabs. Sample the 'Boyoz', a type of pastry made in the city and usually eaten for breakfast.
The best time to visit Izmir is during the summer months when days are long, dry and warm. Average daily temperatures are around 30C, but teamed with the light sea breeze, it doesn't feel too hot so you can still get out and about and see the sights.
With your pre-booked Izmir hire car, you are free to discover the Aegean coast hassle-free...
When you rent a car in Izmir, you can pick up your vehicle from Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB) which is 18km from the city centre. Alternatively, you can pick up your car from many downtown locations across the city. Use TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool to get cheap car rental in Izmir.
Just a 20-minute drive north of Kusadasi is the famous ancient city of Ephesus. A place of uncovered wonder, and only 15-20% excavated, Ephesus is one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world.
Pamukkale is a longer drive away, taking three hours from Izmir, but it is well worth the trip. A natural health spa boasts calcium springs, created from running down the mountainside. Swim in the thermal baths which remain warm at around 35C and give your skin a treat by bathing in beneficial minerals.