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Izmir Region

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Izmir Region Holidays

Home to the exciting resort of Kusadasi, you can enjoy beautiful historic areas as well as thrilling waterparks on Izmir region holidays.

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A terrific part of Turkey

Within the Izmir region is Kusadasi, a fantastic holiday resort filled with great features like eight beaches, three waterparks and hundreds of restaurants. The town also acts as a great base to help you explore the unique Izmir region.

Twenty minutes north of Kusadasi is the ancient city of Ephesus which is a joy to explore. An hour north is the city of Izmir that features its own beaches, dining facilities and a fantastic wildlife park.

Kids will never be bored in Kusadasi thanks to the amount of attractions dotted around. Parents will love the beautiful structures available to explore and couples will fall in love with the beaches and dining facilities. There is also a fun nightlife to experience within Kusadasi and Izmir too.

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Spoilt for choice

No matter how busy the resort of Kusadasi gets, you'll have no problem finding your own private patch of sand across the eight beaches found around the town. Whether you're tanning on Ladies Beach, trying water sports on Long Beach, resting on Kustur Beach or staying close to the action at Downtown Beach, you're sure to find a prime position in the sun.

Head north towards Izmir, the town referred to as 'the beautiful waterfront', and you can find more beaches to chill out on as well as a long scenic harbour area that is filled with cafes and restaurants.

If you want to get away from the sand and sea then you can explore grassier terrain on holidays to the Izmir region. Within Kusadasi you can scale the tall hill of Gazi Begendi Park to witness terrific views of the town below while in Izmir, Kent Forest is a perfect picnic spot.

Ephesus

Twenty minutes north of Kusadasi is the ancient city surroundings of Ephesus. This breath-taking site is filled with structures that have stood for thousands of years. One of the oldest and well- preserved Roman settlements, you can tour the many buildings, columns and amphitheatre found within. Tour the historic area on your own or with the help of a tour guide to enlighten your visit with interesting facts and stories.

If you'd like to learn more about Izmir culture then the capital of the region, Turkey's third-largest city is filled with dozens of museums. The town itself is filled with several historic structures and monuments so even a simple walk around the city will provide delightful views of historic Turkish structures.

Let the kids go wild

Families have some terrific choices of days out in the Izmir region. Close to Kusadasi there are three waterparks including Aqua Fantasy which is filled with innovative and wild slides. There is also Adaland where you can play in the pools and slides or watch animal shows and even swim with dolphins.

Up in Izmir the Wildlife Park is a breath of fresh air from the busy city centre. The park is filled with a variety of beautiful animals ranging from elephants to zebras and lemas to snakes. The best part about this attraction is that is incredibly cheap for the whole family to enter and enjoy.

Settle down or perk up

Whether you're spending your nights with kids or in the company of other adults, you'll find somewhere to unwind within Kusadasi. Kale Street is filled with comfortable restaurants and lounges by the water where you can listen to light music and watch the sun go down.

If you want to stay up until 4am belting out karaoke hits then try the bars and pubs down Barlar Sokak, Bar Street to you and me.

Shops and markets

Local markets and traditional Turkish bazaars are a favourite of both natives and visitors in the Izmir region. In Kusadasi and Izmir you'll find an abundance of shopping opportunities to purchase a souvenir with unique Turkish charm.

Kusadasi holds a weekly market every Wednesday while Izmir's Synagogue Street is a colourful collection of stalls covered by tents and cloths. Just visiting the street to see locals shop and barter for fruit and veg is worth the experience alone.

Izmir cuisine

Between the two spectacular waterside locations of Kusadasi and Izmir there are some fantastic restaurants that provide outdoor dining areas right by the water and the beach. The west facing coastline is ideal for watching the daily show of the sun setting into the Aegean Sea.

Turkey's cuisine is similar to that of other Mediterranean countries. Izmir's cuisine offers some unique dishes with tarhana soup (dried yoghourt and tomatoes), keskek (boiled wheat with meat) and zerde (sweetened rice with saffron) being just some of the available meals.

Getting there

Flying from the UK to the Izmir region will take just over four hours. You're likely to land at Bodrum-Milas Airport but Izmir also has a large airport. The transfer to Kusadasi from Bodrum will take an hour and three quarters while the drive from Izmir will take over an hour.

Dolmus busses are the most popular method of transportation in the Izmir region and there are regular services going between Kusadasi and Izmir. The drive takes around an hour and a half in total.