Izmir Region Holidays 2019/2020

Izmir is a unique holiday destination. The area offers the best of Turkey's delights – a bustling coastal city, picture-perfect beach resorts, and a rich cultural heritage complete with marble temples and ancient amphitheatres.

Izmir Region Holiday Deals 2019/2020

Derici Hotel

Kusadasi, Izmir Region, Turkey

(575)

14 Nights

12th Oct 2019

Bed and Breakfast

Manchester

Based On Twin Room with Balcony


Price from £537pp£623pp

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Marbel Hotel

Kusadasi, Izmir Region, Turkey

(847)

7 Nights

24th Sep 2019

All Inclusive

Manchester

Based On Twin Room with Balcony


Price from £399pp£491pp

Save £92

Tusan Beach Resort

Kusadasi, Izmir Region, Turkey

(2632)

7 Nights

5th Oct 2019

All Inclusive

London Gatwick

Based On Double Room with Balcony


Price from £479pp£552pp

Save £73

A popular spot

The Izmir area has attracted visitors looking for All Inclusive Turkey holidays for many years, with the draw of ancient Ephesus pulling in the crowds. In contrast, Izmir itself is a modern and cosmopolitancoastal city, with a chic nightlife and stylish boutiques. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re a culture vulture or city slicker, you’ll never get bored here.

Beach lovers will also be spoilt, with quiet sandy coves or long stretches of golden sands – complete with lively beachside bars and an array of watersports. Heading away from the city and the coast, the inland area is home to lush pine forests and lakes, very cooling in the hottest summer months.

Families will find everything they need for a fun-filled Turkey holiday in the former fishing village of Kusadasi, with its two waterparks, a modern marina and a quaint old town with traditional bazaars lining cobbled streets. The nightlife is also very vibrant. For holidaymakers looking for a more relaxed vibe, Seferihisar and Ozdere offer a peaceful stay. There really is something for everyone, from luxury breaks to All Inclusive Izmir Turkey holidays.


Currency: Turkish Lira

Language: Turkish

Time Difference: GMT +2

Religion: Islam

Region

Ozdere

Ozdere is a quaint and picturesque village in the southwest of Turkey's Aegean coast. Grand green mountains frame the long stretches of idyllic golden sand, making Ozdere one of the most scenic holiday destinations in the Izmir region.

Seferihisar

Situated in Izmir province on the west coast of Turkey, Seferihisar is a quiet district with a traditional Turkish atmosphere. The countryside is rich with olive trees, vineyards and citrus trees, and there are a number of ancient ruins dotted around the area.

Kusadasi

Situated on the Turkish coast, Kusadasi is a stunning destination, perfect if you want a beach holiday with guaranteed warm weather alongside spectacular scenery and a good dose of history.

Location

Map showing the location of Izmir Region View Izmir Region on the map

History time

The excavation of the city of Ephesus has unearthed many structures from Greco-Roman culture. Indeed the area is Europe’s most complete classical metropolis and there’s still more to be discovered. In its time, Ephesus was a hub for sailors, traders and pilgrims, a diverse city with over 250,000 inhabitants. And today it’s one of the most well-preserved Roman settlements in the world.

And if all this wasn’t enough, Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis.

Nightlife

If you’re seeking a lively evening, the obvious choice is Kusadasi or the modern city of Izmir itself.

Izmir’s a bustling city – and the bustle continues long after the sun goes down. The most popular areas for slipping into your night-time groove are found in the Alsancak and Konak areas.

For an authentic Turkish experience head to Nektar, or find cheesy Europop at the Club En Velo. For true partygoers, the best club in town is Outside, where the strong party vibe lasts into the small hours.

The resort of Kusadasi is also lively, with a seemingly endless array of bars and restaurants inviting you to let your hair down. Bar Street is home to the liveliest nights with the biggest, busiest and best nightlife. The music ripples out onto the streets and the drinks flow until at least 4am.

The Ladies Beach area offers a more relaxed atmosphere, while an authentic Turkish evening can be experienced in a nearby old Ottoman Castle.

Life’s a beach

The beaches in Kusadasi are particularly renowned and a big draw for people scouting out cheap holidays to Turkey. The sands are golden, and set against deep turquoise water and lush green palms. Kusadasi has shaped itself as a family favourite and the beaches are well equipped with sunloungers, parasols, watersports and an array of beach bars.

The sandy bay at Ozdere is also a welcoming haven for families because of its calm, shallow waters. Some watersports are available but on a whole the area is less commercial than Kusadasi.

Those seeking a more rugged coastal experience should retreat to the Dilek Peninsula National Park.

Food, glorious food

Eating out in Izmir will give you a real idea of Turkish cuisine. Based by the glorious Aegean Sea, it’s no surprise that many of the coastal restaurants have menus with a large selection of seafood including grilled cipura – sea bream – anchovies and octopus.

Of course Turkish cuisine is also famed for the kebab, but you could also try an iskander. This is the traditional way to enjoy succulent lamb pieces – with flatbread, yoghurt and tomato sauce.

Many of the restaurants also have a distinctly mezze theme, serving lots of small plates filled with regional delicacies – perfect for sharing with family and friends.