Izmir’s reputation as a tourist destination of choice on Turkey’s west coast is growing rapidly. In fact, it is one of the fastest-growing cruise ship ports on the Aegean as visitors flock to spend lazy days on its exquisite seafront and ramble around some of the most extensive Roman ruins still remaining in the world today.
Climate and language
Izmir’s climate is typical for the region – hot and dry summers where temperatures regularly top 30°C are the norm, while September and October offer a more bearable average of about 21°C. Mosquitoes are common here so it’s wise to take the usual precautions before and during your stay.
English is also widely spoken and most staff in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars will be fluent.
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A meal in a local pub will set you back between 12TL and 30TL (€5-€13), while dinner for a couple at something a little more upmarket ranges from €30 to €50. This is relatively inexpensive given that most of the vegetables, soups and pastries that you’ll be served are produced locally while fish lovers can treat themselves to the freshest catch of the day right off the boat.
After the sun goes down, you’ll find hotels and guest houses to suit all budgets and tastes here. Before you book, make sure that air conditioning is included in the price of your room: during the summer – particularly in July and August – the mild breeze coming off the Aegean won’t do much to stop the stifling heat, even in the dead of night.
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