Holidays to Izmir
The ancient province of Izmir is making a big impact as one of Turkey’s upcoming tourist destinations. Izmir holidays are all about variety and adventure. An Izmir holiday offers the ancient city of Ephesus on one hand, and the bazaars and beaches of Kusadasi on the other. Fascinating and unspoilt, we at Coop Travel have bargain holidays to Izmir’s most popular and beautiful resorts.
Izmir Town is the third largest city in Turkey, with a heritage only matched by Istanbul. Originally known by its ancient name of Smyrna, late deals to Izmir land you in a lively cosmopolitan city dominated by the ruins of a Roman castle. A chic palm-lined waterfront and terraced avenues rise to meet the grandeur of Mount Pagos in the background. Boasting a lively, year-round arts calendar, last minute Izmir holidays offer plenty in the way of cultural stimulation. Choose from Roman souks, Ottoman palaces and any number of mosques and museums. The temple ruins at Bayrakli are worth a look too. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, and with a lively mixture of bars, restaurants, shopping malls and clubs, Izmir package holidays are perfect at any time of year.
Along the coast, Kusadasi is the name most associated with cheap Izmir holidays. Safe, shallow waters and stunning white beaches make it a hit with families, who can enjoy an authentic Turkish shopping experience at the ancient Grand Bazaar - which looks like it’s stepped straight out of the pages of Aladdin.
Altinkum, close to Bodrum, is also popular for last minute Izmir holidays. Its name translates as “Golden Sands”, which should tell you all you need to know. With a stunning mountain backdrop, this is the place to stay if you want to combine watersports and nightlife with the chance to visit ancient sites like Ephesus and Didyma – which gives its name to the nearby Didim beach resort. We at Coop Travel also suggest looking for Izmir holiday offers in Cesme – a charming fishing village dominated by a mediaeval fortress, with great views of the Aegean.