İzmir

İzmir

The legendary female warriors, the Amazons founded Izmir, or Smyrna as it was called in Ancient Times, according to one story. Alternatively, according to another tale, the Legels 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. Izmir, 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 Izmir is able to provide makes it a very attractive are 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.

The city known as “Beautiful Izmir” 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. Izmir, which enjoys a special cultural and historical identity, is the third largest in Turkey. As a live and cosmopolitan city, it occupies a significant place in Turkey`s cultural life with the international Arts Festival and Internatinal Fair.

“I am 8500 years old...” says Izmir. This metropolis, which is a cornucopia of civilizations and mythology in ancient lonia, has been home to the Amazons, Lydians, Persians, Alexander the Great and his generals, Romans, Arabs, Umayyads, Byzantines, Seljuk and Ottomans throughout thousands of years of history.

Izmir is attractively multi-cultural. From the perspective of cultural identity, its present socio-demographic composition is still characterized by tolerance towards different religions and cultural due to its Levantine, Jewish and Christian heritage. The synagogues and churches, which are open to visitors and still used, are important signs of this multi-cultural character.

 

Summers, due to Mediterranean climate in the region are hot and dry, while winters are warm and rainy. The temperature rarely drops below zero in the winter months. This temperature climate means that for rmost of the year it is a good place for outdoor pursuits and water sports.

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