Izmir is a cool and laid back city. Starting from feasting with the locals to traveling back in time, you can do it all. I just spent three days in the city and my itinerary had been fully packed. It is a slow pace which needs to be explored with time in hand. Here are some exciting things that you can do when you visit Izmir.
- Explore Kadifekale
I started my journey by visiting Kadifekale castle. It had been built for Smyrna, the ancient city. The ruin of the castle can be accessed. Among the ruin is the Byzantine cistern and a mosque from the 14th century. At the Karatas quarter, there is the historical building Asansor. This had been established in 1907. What got me mesmerized was the iconic tower. This will bring you back to the heart of modern-day Izmir. I took a short walk to Kordon where the custom houses and the seaside promenade have been converted into a shopping center.
- Go Wind Surfing at Alacati
This place is popular for the stone masonry houses, smelling streets, gummy cookies, and lavender. However, I visited Alacati since it is called surfing paradise. It receives wind about 6 months of the year. Starting from beginners to experts all can go windsurfing in here. If you are new to this, you can enroll in one of the windsurfing schools.
- Take a Walk in Ancient Agora
The old ruin is placed in the middle of the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan city. The Open Air Museum is actually a part of the landscape for the local residents of the cit. In ancient Greek time, it used to be the place of assembly and gathering. Being built by Alexander the Great, it had been finished by the Roman Empire. Being a history buff, I loved the place.