Fly To Izmir, Turkey
Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey, but this coastal melting pot is often described as more Mediterranean than Turkish in the way it feels. 7000 years of history have left plenty of fascinating ruins to explore, along with some wonderfully diverse architecture, but the real joy of Izmir lies in its bustling waterfront promenade, its interconnected piazzas and walkways, and its lively and colourful bazaars.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Turkey is one of those destinations we love because South African passport holders don’t need a Visa.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Izmir. Ataturk Organize Sanayi, Bolgesi, 10008 Sokak No 1, Cigli – Izmir, 35620. Phone: + 90 232 376 8445.
See and do
Konak Square is a great place to start your exploration of Izmir, and you can check out the famous clock tower while you’re there. It’s become a symbol of Izmir since its completion in 1901. The Konak Yali Mosque and Kemeralti Bazaar are also located near the square.
Kemeralti is fairly large, and one of the most enjoyable ways to shop for souvenirs and gifts. “Evil eye” beads are popular, but you’ll also find lovely backgammon sets, copper ornaments, carpets, kilims, and, of course, Turkish Delight. The atmosphere is very traditional, and there are plenty of lounges from which to enjoy the hustle and bustle, while sipping a cup of dense, Turkish coffee. Other good shopping spots include the Konak Pier, Bostanli Bazaar and Dösim.
Izmir has prime position on the Aegean Sea, and its beaches are lovely for a relaxed day by the water. They’re mostly within easy distance of the city, so you don’t have to go far for a swim. If you’re not into beaches, you can still enjoy the ocean with a leisurely stroll along the Kordon promenade. Waving palm trees, cobbled streets and open lawns on one side overlook the open ocean, glimmering invitingly on the other.
Izmir’s inner city is best explored on foot, but trips further afield might require public transport. Public ferries are a fun option for coastal destinations, and give lovely views of the city when the weather is clear. Land-based travel is covered by bus and metro, which are both affordable and fairly efficient.
Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport – ADB
Food and beverage: Kantin, Douwe Egberts and Gloria Jean’s.
Currency Exchange: Artı Döviz Co Inc. and Vakıflar Bankası Trading Co. both offer foreign exchange services in the International Terminal at Izmir Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Lost & Found Office, located in the International Arrivals Terminal, or contact them on +90 232 455 00 00, extension 4690.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Orty Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Payless, Yes Oto National, Sixt, Avis, Işil Tur, Zafer Rent a Car, Duray Rent a Car, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (code ADB) is a hub for Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress and Turkish Airlines.