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Izmir Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Izmir

Izmir, back in the ancient times known as Smyrna, has changed many hands – Greek and Roman – prior to becoming part of Turkey. As a major city port on the Aegean coast, Izmir has seen a lot throughout its history, much of which has found reflection in the local sights. The most prominent of them is, undoubtedly, the open-air museum Agora. To explore this and other attractions of Izmir, follow this orientation walk.
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Izmir Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Izmir Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Turkey » Izmir (See other walking tours in Izmir)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: felicity
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı
  • Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street
  • Alsancak Hocazade Camii
  • Kulturpark
  • Izmir Museum of History and Art
  • Saint Polycarp Church
  • Pasaport Quay
  • Konak Pier
  • Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar
  • Hisar Mosque
  • Kemeralti Market
  • Synagogue Street
  • Agora
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Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı

1) Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı (must see)

Izmir Gündoğdu Meydanı is a very important square in Izmir. It is located within the Alsancak district and consequently many of the city events, concerts, rallies and other public celebrations are held at the venue. It is also a very beautiful place on the bank of the sea.
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Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street

2) Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street

Kıbrıs Şehitleri Street is a popular attraction for visitors looking to walk the pedestrian avenue and enjoy the colorful shopping experience. Along with the shopping opportunities, Kıbrıs Şehitleri also provides restaurants, bars and very interesting architecture. Turkish bookshops, fashion boutiques and souvenir street retailers are also very popular along this strip.
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Alsancak Hocazade Camii

3) Alsancak Hocazade Camii (must see)

Alsancak Hocazade Camii is located in Alsancak and is a very beautiful and popular mosque. The Alsancak Hocazade Camii was built in 1950 and is a white structure with an amazing blue painted dome. The mosque also features a beautiful round minaret with two balconies.
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Kulturpark

4) Kulturpark (must see)

Kulturpark is a very popular and important tourist attraction, but is also heavily regarded among the locals. The park is very large and contains beautiful views of plants and flowers. Kulturpark also provides a museum, the Atatürk Open-Air Theatre, İsmet İnönü Art Centre, zoo as well as an area for children's entertainment.
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Izmir Museum of History and Art

5) Izmir Museum of History and Art (must see)

Izmir Museum of History and Art was established in 2004 within the Kulturpark. The museum displays artifacts that were found either in Izmir or in the immediate surroundings. The museum is contained in three separate buildings, each specializing in a different work of art (stone, ceramics, precious artifacts, etc).
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Saint Polycarp Church

6) Saint Polycarp Church (must see)

Saint Polycarp Church is a very important tourist attraction and a place of pilgrimage for Catholics. The church is also one of the oldest in the city as it was built in 1625. Since that time, Saint Polycarp Church has been renovated several times, mostly due to destruction from earthquakes and fires. The church was dedicated to Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna as well as a very important martyr of the Catholic Church.
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Pasaport Quay

7) Pasaport Quay

Pasaport Quay is an historic and beautiful walking area alongside the water bank of Izmir's port. It's a very pleasant place, with a plethora of very popular cafés, restaurants and nightclubs. Also, if you visit Pasaport Quay during the evening, you'll likely encounter live music performed directly on the streets.
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Konak Pier

8) Konak Pier (must see)

Konak Pier was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1890, within the boundaries of the central metropolitan district of Konak, near the city's historic center Konak Square. It was originally built as warehouse together with the French customs house on the nearby Pasaport Quay during the renewal of Izmir's portuary infrastructures as of 1867. Since then, it became one of the landmarks of Izmir. There are plans to extend Konak Pier compound to include a large marina once suitable adjacent space is made available.

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Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar

9) Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar (must see)

Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar is one of the most popular Izmir attractions. Located in a grand covered pavilion, Kizlaragasi is absolutely fantastic and a must-visit. The market combines the traditional open air Turkish bazaar along with a wide number of shopping selections. Here you can invest outstanding carpets and jewelry.
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Hisar Mosque

10) Hisar Mosque (must see)

Hisar Mosque is truly a magnificent sight and for good reason. Hisar is believed to be the oldest and biggest mosque in Izmir. The gorgeous structure was built by Yakup Bey in 1592 and has been renovated several times since. The mosque features a central dome, amazing ornaments and decorations as well as a very beautiful courtyard with several domes surrounding it. All in all, Hisar shares the classical features of an Ottoman mosque.
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Kemeralti Market

11) Kemeralti Market (must see)

Kemeralti Market is an old bazaar that was established back in the 17th century, located along the curve of historic Anafartalar Street. Today, Kemeralti is easily one of the most favorite venues for shopping not only for locals but also for tourists. The plethora of shops offer local handcrafts, jewelry, pottery, clothes as well as many other valuable goods.
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Synagogue Street

12) Synagogue Street (must see)

Synagogue Street (Havra Sokagi) is a very popular tourist attraction in Izmir as it used to be one of the most popular places for locals to buy their fruit, vegetables, meat and other products. While not quite the same, Synagogue is still a very popular market. The name of the street derived from the high volume of synagogues formerly built on the street.
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Agora

13) Agora (must see)

Situated on the northern slopes of the Pagos hills, Agora was the commercial, judicial and political nucleus of the ancient city and is now the center for artistic activities and for teaching. Izmir Agora Open Air Museum consists of five parts, including the agora area, the base of the northern basilica gate, the stoa and the ancient shopping centre. The agora of Smyrna was built during the Hellenistic era. After a destructive earthquake in 178 AD, Smyrna was rebuilt in the Roman period, according to an urban plan drawn by Hippodamos. It was constructed on a sloping terrain in three floors, close to the city center. The terrain is 165 m wide and 200 m long. It is bordered on all sides by porticos. Because a Byzantine and later an Ottoman cemetery were located over the ruins of the agora, it was preserved from modern constructions. This agora is now the largest and the best preserved among Ionian agoras.

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Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Izmir, Turkey

Create Your Own Walk in Izmir

Create Your Own Walk in Izmir

Creating your own self-guided walk in Izmir is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Izmir Shopping

Izmir Shopping

Izmir is an amazing city for those who enjoy shopping. Why? The city offers all of the traditional opportunities for shopping as well as specific bargain locales and open markets. If you love to shop for highly sacred items, than you will especially love the jewelry shops and/or the traditional Turkish carpets and rugs.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Izmir Museums

Izmir Museums

Izmir is an old port city in Turkey as well as one of the largest and most popular cities in all of the country. Izmir provides a very long and in-depth history, beginning with ancient times and continuing until the present day. Consequently, the city is home to numerous museums of interest.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Izmir - Karataş Neighborhood

Izmir - Karataş Neighborhood

Izmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. This is widely due to the number of attractions as well as the diversity of the city. Karataş is an especially popular neighborhood in Izmir and one that provides several outlets near the waterfront as well as close to the downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Izmir Religious Sights

Izmir Religious Sights

Izmir has a phenomenal history of 3500 years full of events, people and culture. However, quite possibly the greatest historical sights in the city are found in the famous mosques. Most of these mosques are old and especially beautiful as architectural structures. Thus, while in Izmir you should take some time out of your schedule to visit these sacred religious structures.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Izmir Downtown

Izmir Downtown

Izmir is a big city and popular among tourists not only for that fact, but also because the region has an important historical significance. The history of Izmir dates back more then 3500 years and offers numerous famous landmarks, important religious sights, shopping venues and entertainment options - some of which are located in downtown Izmir.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles