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Izmir Holidays Overview
Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city and is a crucial port on the Agean Sea. Its setting is spectacular; built around the bay with a mountainous backdrop. The city is generally very modern in appearance, with contemporary avenues of glass fronted apartments and office blocks. Although there are traces of an older town to be found, most of these were destroyed by fire in 1923.
Once known as Smyrna, Izmir was seen as the most cosmopolitan and westernised of Turkish cities, attracting merchants, traders, foreign diplomats, and sailors. After the end of the First World War, Izmir was invaded by the Greek Army, who were finally defeated in 1922, although the final mopping-up operations caused the disastrous fire.
The waterfront is the perfect place to while away the time, with plenty of cafes, and the two millennium old castle is worth a visit, as much for the sweeping views as for the building itself. The city also has a variety of museums and a labyrinthine bazaar.
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European Jazz Festival
Held over ten days in March, Izmir’s European Jazz Festival features exhibitions, concerts, and workshops. The three venues involved in the festival are the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Centre, Ismet Inönü Arts Centre, and the Izmir Sanat, where the closing concert is held.
Izmir Short Film Festival
The Izmir Short Film Festival is held over a week in November, and features national and international competitions. Categories of films entered include fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation.
Izmir International Fair
The Izmir International Fair is held annually in August and September. The venue is the Kültürpark, an enormous area in the centre of the city that includes open air theatres, a painting and sculpture museum, an amusement park, and a zoo. The fair promotes arts and culture in and around Izmir.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights from Australia to Izmir take around twenty four to thirty hours. Qantas combine with Turkish Airlines to offer a route via Hong Kong and Istanbul, and Emirates also combine with Turkish Airlines to provide a route via Dubai and Istanbul.