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At once ancient and contemporary, Izmir will take you on a unique journey through Turkey's rich past and captivating present. Full of monuments, markets and museums, with a modern seafront promenade dotted with green spaces, it’s easy to see why it’s been dubbed the Pearl of the Aegean.
Tucked away in the west of Turkey, Izmir is a classic seaside destination – and one that has enough surprises to keep you on your (sand-covered) toes. In the wider Izmir province, for example, you’ll find Ilica, which is famous for its thermal hot springs and Foça, where a traditional fishing village with a beautiful beach awaits.
One of the most fascinating things about the city is how much history is on show. You don’t have to look hard to see the echoes of Persian, Roman and Ottoman rule: Izmir Clock Tower, Kadifekale Castle, Yali Mosque and the agora are all worthy contenders for your historic hitlist. The Museum of History and Art, with plenty for art lovers to enjoy, is also worth a look-in.
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