Izmir Overview

Izmir is a coastal city in the Aegean region of Turkey. It is the third largest city in the country in terms of population and the twenty-third largest province in terms of area. Izmir is an important historical, cultural, artistic, tourist and economic centre. The Port of Izmir is the seventh largest port in Turkey. The city is an important trade fair centre which organises the Izmir International Fair every year.

The origin of the name Izmir is not certain. According to some legends, These, the leader of the Erektids, who married the Amazon Smyrna, named his region after her and the name of Izmir came from Smyrna. According to some researches, the name of Izmir comes from Tismurna, a word of Anatolian origin.

Izmir has a settlement history of about 8500 years. The city has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires and the centre of the Islamic world. Izmir fascinates its visitors with its historical and natural beauties that bear the traces of many civilisations, minarets reaching to the sky, gilded domes, palaces, mansions, museums, parks and gardens, monuments, towers, culture and much more.


What to buy as a gift or souvenir


Turkey’s incredible world of souvenirs will drive you crazy. Turkey is the country where there is something for everyone. You will be amazed at the variety and prices to suit every pocket.


Turkey has a history of ceramics that stretches back thousands of years, from the primitive sculpture of prehistoric Anatolia to the ornaments and tableware of the Hitites and the intricate hand-painted tiles of the Izniks. From scalloped plates to ashtrays, wall clocks to giant urns, the stunning indigo and coral patterns of Iznik are sure to catch your eye.

Turkish Rugs and Carpets

Turkey has a long and rich history of carpet making and is home to some of the most beautiful hand-knotted and hand-woven carpets in the world. Turkish carpets range from simple, bold and colourful nomadic Anatolian kilims to the more faded Usak and high-end Ottoman court silk hereke carpets. The Turkish (symmetrical) knot, also known as the Ghiordes knot, was developed here in Turkey.

Leather Goods

Turkey is one of the largest producers of quality leather products in the world. It is best known for its sheep and goat leather. You will be amazed by unusual designs that you may not see in other places.

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Destination details

  • Language Turkish
  • Currency Turkish Lira, Euro, Dollar
  • Time Zone UTC+03:00
  • Drives on the Right
  • Calling code +90
  • Emergency Number 112
  • Activities Culture, History, Beach, Landscape, Nature, City Sightseeing