Izmir is more of a modern fairytale – burnt down after the War of Independence a century ago, it reinvented itself as a cosmopolitan hub. There’s a sleek harbour, a waterside park and a pier built by none other than Monsieur Eiffel – the man behind Paris’ iconic iron lady. As with the whole of Turkey, the Izmir province is astoundingly beautiful, and it’s gorgeous, warm, Mediterranean climate makes visiting the area a complete joy. There’s a lot to do too, the main city of Izmir has some great sights - as mighty Mount Yamanlar, the Agora Open Air Museum, and the 100 year old Izmir Clock Tower.
The streets here at Kemeralti, the big bazaar are lined with market stalls and enthusiastic sellers who will offer all kinds of compliments to try and entice you to their stalls. Turkish market sellers love a good barter so get your best negotiating voice on and grab yourself a bargain to take home.