This Aegean city is young, hip and happening. With its youthful population and growing economy, Izmir’s reputation as a center for commerce and tourism is growing. Turkey’s third largest city was once known as Smyrna, an ancient and powerful city.

Packed full of mosques, traditional restaurants, fascinating museums, bazaars and historical sites, exploring Izmir will leave you reeling. This incredible city is pumping millions into its infrastructure and tourist industry, ensuring Izmir will, in the not too distant future, be one of Turkey’s tourism giants.


Izmir lies in Turkey’s west. Its urban area extends along the Gulf of Izmir and inland and north across the delta of the Gediz River. To the east, Izmir extends along a large plain, and to Izmir’s south it stretches over some hilly terrain. The city is made up of eleven metropolitan districts. Most of these were once distinct villages but have now been amalgamated into the city. Each district has its own distinct flavor and attractions.


This prosperous growing city offers every modern amenity you could wish for – as well as a good dose of culture and history. Izmir has some of the best hospitals in Turkey. It has top schools, quality, affordable housing, shopping malls, health centers, sports facilities, cinemas and theaters. Izmir compares favorably to any modern city in the world.

Prices are still generally low in Izmir but this is set to change as the city and its economy grow. There are plenty of ways to live cheaply here by buying local ingredients at the many city markets or eating at local restaurants.

A chief advantage of living in Izmir is that you get the full benefits of city living but you’re just a short drive from some of the Aegean’s very best beaches.