Warning: Izmir is not a transit zone! Travelers far too often overlook fascinating Izmir’s untapped potential. Time to take a tour around this gem of a city!
Izmir: one of the most underrated cities in Turkey?
Izmir, Turkey… This captivating city, with over 3.000 years of documented urban history, has a name from classical antiquity that speaks to the imagination: Smyrna. Admit it, the name alone evokes pictures of a glorious past in a city with myrrh-scented streets founded by the Trojans, which is the birthplace of Homer (no, not the one from the Simpsons). French poet Victor Hugo was intrigued by Smyrna as well, as he mentioned the city in his poem ‘La Captive’, from his ‘Les Orientales’ series without ever having visited the place. Click here for an English version of the poem.
Today, Izmir is Turkey’s third-largest city, a wonderful melting-pot of historical heritage and a 21st-century metropolis with a young population, a lively art scene, and a very European Mediterranean feel. Izmir is often the port of call for many Ephesus visitors who – unfortunately – failing to see its potential, do not visit it. Take it from us, not visiting Izmir when in Turkey, is a mistake. You’ll soon see why when you take a look at the article below, and you realize what the city has to offer. Yes, Izmir is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated cities in Turkey.
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