Izmir

Izmir,

Turkey

Brimming with history and bubbling with youthful vigour, Izmir is an increasingly popular holiday destination and one of Turkey’s fastest growing cities. Sitting on the shores of the Aegean, the city benefits from sun-splashed summers, a cosmopolitan city culture, and a spectacular seafront promenade. Whether you’re looking to get your ancient history fix or to simply soak up some sun, Izmir is the city to visit. Though the city’s history can be traced back thousands of years, half of its current population are under the age of 30. This lends the city a vibrant, laid-back atmosphere that’s resulted in the perfect conditions for an explosion of hip new restaurants, cafés, and shopping opportunities. With a package holiday to Izmir with Qatar Holidays, you can spend your days lazing in the sun, discovering the region’s fascinating past, or wandering through the city’s picturesque, narrow alleyways. In the evenings, refreshed by the cool sea breeze, join the locals and stroll along the 3km stretch of waterfront promenade - the ideal spot from which to watch the sunset.

  • Visit the Izmir Agora, the city’s most famous ancient monument and a relic of Izmir’s important role as a major stop on the Silk Road. Despite being more than 2,000 years old, it’s still very much a feature of the modern city’s everyday architecture.
  • Go shopping at Kemaraltı Market – Izmir’s main bazaar. Here you’ll find an authentic Turkish market experience and be able to sample some of the region’s finest culinary delights.
  • Take a day trip to Ephesus, one of the Romans’ most important port cities and a beautifully-preserved example of just how far their empire extended.
  • Book a holiday to Izmir with Qatar Airways Holidays and experience the International Izmir Festival – a musical extravaganza where both Turkish and international musicians perform music, ballet, theatre, and opera.
  • Spend the day relaxing on one of the many beaches just outside the city centre. They’re easily reached by public transport or via one of the city’s excellent ferries.
  • Take in Konak Square and its iconic clock tower. The centrepiece of the city, the square is a bustling hive of activity and within easy reach of attractions such as the Konak Yali Mosque and Kemeraltı Bazaar.

Izmir Holiday Packages

With holiday packages to Izmir with Qatar Airways Holidays, you’ll be able to relax knowing that everything is taken care of. Enjoy the luxury of the city’s finest hotels and ensure that you spend your holiday exactly the way you want to by allowing us to your organise flights, accommodation, and transfers. Whether it’s fun for the whole family or a romantic getaway for just the two of you, we’re able to offer you the ideal package.

Turkish cuisine is respected around the world, so why not get a proper feel for the local food by booking on one of our culinary packages to Izmir? Whether it’s the local speciality Çi Börek, an adventure with local seafood delicacies, or the simple delights of gevrek – a local seeded bread ring – you’re sure to find something new to try.

Good to know

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours

Languages

Turkish, English

Dialing Code

+90

Electricity

230V 50Hz

Currency

Turkish lira

Izmir Experiences

  • Marvel at the hot springs of Pamukkale, where mineral deposits have created spectacular, tiered structures that are well-known for their sparkling, white finish and rumoured healing properties.
  • Visit the Izmir Wild Life Park and experience some of nature’s finest specimens up close. Famous for its large open spaces and diverse exhibits, it’s a popular attraction with both locals and visitors.
  • Take the trip to Bergama, where the Ancient Greeks built the Pergamon Acropolis. Its soaring ruins still stand today and count as one of the region’s most popular historical relics.
  • Try your hand at surfing. If you’re new to the sport, the calm waters of Alaçatı are the perfect place to start, while the wild waves of Pırlanta give more experienced surfers something to challenge their skills.
  • Take a leisurely Turkish tea or coffee break. In Izmir, drinking tea and coffee is an event in itself, so seek out one of the city’s kerbside cafés and let them brew you a cup in the traditional manner.