Having witnessed 8,500 years of human history, İzmir had been founded at the side of a gulf, and currently is the third biggest city and second most important seaport of Turkey. Situated at the west of Anatolian Peninsula, at the side of Aegean Sea, the province has an area of 12,012 km² with an approximate population of 4 million people. As one of the oldest port cities of the world, İzmir has always been recognised as an important meeting point for people with different cultures, languages and religions.

İzmir has the Aegean type Mediterranean climate in which summers are generally hot and arid and winters are temperate. You met with a fresh and open weather when you reach İzmir. Temperature averages are at 27.5 ºC during summer months and between 12 ºC - 14 ºC during winter months.

İzmir is the port of a wide hinterland spreading from Çanakkale to Fethiye. In addition to being an important foreign trade city of Turkey with its free zones, industrial zones and maritime transportation opportunities, İzmir also has significant qualified labour force and developed   infrastructure. It is also a prominent tourism centre with its environment, historical assets, cultural heritage and natural beauties. Quality of the industrial goods produced in İzmir is at a level of meeting international standards. Agriculture-based industries are also considerably developed. Main products produced in the region are cotton, grape, fig, dried fruits, vegetables, spices, alcohol drinks, animal feed and tobacco.

Located at the westernmost point of Turkey, İzmir combined its western culture developed through this location advantage and its outward-oriented structure with the Anatolian culture and traditions. It has integrated and strengthened its culture tourism with deep-rooted history and ancient civilisations; faith tourism with its hosting of different beliefs; thermal tourism with the geothermal resources and facilities; and eco-tourism with its nature, sea, sun, sand assets. İzmir  is also a metropolis suitable for convention tourism with its high-standard facilities, and expositions and festivals held throughout the year.

  • Turkey’s 3rd most developed city
  • The pivotal city of the Aegean region of Turkey
  • Covers an area of 12,012 km2 in the western part of Anatolia.
  • A population of 3.9 million
  • A warm climate, 300 sunny days a year
  • Fertile agricultural hinterland fed by 3 main water basins
  • The winding coastline resulting in countless, beautiful bays and beaches


Izmir, the city which is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World...


"I am 8,500 years old..." says the city of Homer...


The legendary female warriors, the Amazons, founded İzmir, or Smyrna as it was called in Ancient Times, according to one story. Alternatively, according to another tale, the Lelegs established it.


The city is located on the Aegean Coast in the west of Turkey, and the city is the biggest and most important settlement in the Aegean Region. İzmir, which has managed to modernize whilst preserving its archaeological and historical assets, is an important trade centre, because of its port. The diversity of activities and resources that İzmir is able to provide makes it a very attractive area for tourism. It boasts both spas with healing thermal waters, and the deep blue sea with beaches displaying the safety symbol of the blue flag.


İzmir resonates with the water and the wind. Benefiting from the breeze from the Aegean Sea, İzmir enjoys a well-deserved reputation due to sights and ruins such as Bergama (Pergamon), Çeşme, Foça, Seferihisar, Kemalpaşa, Selçuk, Tire and Urla, which are outstanding in terms of the richness of their natural and historical assets.


It offers visitors many options for a unique holiday experience. Its geographical location means that İzmir enjoys a Mediterranean climate plus natural beauty, a rich cultural and historical heritage, beaches, thermal waters and spas. In addition, it boasts a rich cuisine, featuring grapes, figs, olives, citrus fruits and seafood, as well as the legacies left by civilizations over thousands of years.


The city, known as "Beautiful İzmir" in Turkey, is located at the start of a long and narrow gulf, decorated with yachts, passenger ships and gulf steamers. It has a warm climate and the cooling sea breeze in the summer takes away the burning heat of the sun. İzmir, which enjoys a special cultural and historical identity, is the third largest city in Turkey. Its port, located inside the gulf, is the second largest in Turkey. As a lively and cosmopolitan city, it occupies a significant place in Turkey's cultural life with the International Arts Festival and International Fair.


The whole of the coastal road is enchanting. The districts of Alsancak, Göztepe and Karşıyaka are areas offering great opportunities to meet the locals in the many restaurants, cafes and along walking paths.