One of Turkey’s most popular summer towns and provinces used to be known as Smyrna, with a history that extends back to ancient times. Described as a labyrinth museum of history and art, you can spend hours strolling the colorful streets, shops, eateries, and gardens.
The following guest post was co-written by, Jordan Craig, Global Account Manager, and Kaitlin McMurdo, Global Servicing Director, for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC
One of Turkey’s most popular summer towns and provinces used to be known as Smyrna, with a history that extends back to ancient times. This ancient Greek settlement, now known as İzmir, is famous for its great history, sunny weather, and the iconic, lively Kordon (seafront promenade).
Situated near such famous ancient sites as Ephesus and Pergamon and numerous holiday resorts, İzmir has a growing tourist trade. Though many visitors are business travelers and tourists on their way to the famous ancient sites, some will stay to appreciate the attractions of İzmir itself. One of the most unique destinations of the city is the Kemeraltı, which is the historical bazaar district of İzmir. Described as a labyrinth museum of history and art, you can spend hours strolling the colorful streets, shops, eateries, and gardens.
İzmir offers cultural and economic activities, low costs, developing industries, and cultural and art associations. Turquoise waters, welcoming people, flourishing business and a favorable climate also make the “Pearl of the Aegean” one of the most attractive regions for high quality real estate investment. Read on to learn more!
Where do you live: İzmir, Turkey
What is the perfect weekend day like: The perfect weekend starts with a delicious Turkish breakfast at a venue by the sea. Beautiful weather will eventually lead you to the nice beaches in Çesme where you can enjoy yourself all day, then wine and dine in the evening.
What are the common modes of transportation there: Private cars, public transportation, and sea transportation
Tell us about the foods your area is known for: İzmir is best known for its fresh wild fish, seafood, and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
What is your favorite meal? At home or at a restaurant: The best meal to have at a nice restaurant would be a freshly caught wild perch– cooked and covered with a thick layer of salt. Calamari and shrimps cooked in butter as side orders.
Where do you recommend someone vacation in your region, why: Çesme is the best part of İzmir to recommend for vacation with its’ perfect summer weather, clean waters, beautiful beaches, amazing night life and notable gastronomy.
What is your favorite recreational or leisure time activity: Tourist and historical tours around the region, all kinds of surf and water sports in Çesme, as well as enjoying beautiful bars and restaurants with amazing views by the sea.
Is there a specialty your area is known for: Fresh fish and seafood is a must. You can find many options in the central seaside of İzmir called Kordon. There are also plenty of options for the ones who like to try traditional Turkish cuisine at the famous bazaar of Kemeraltı. We are also known for our delicious deserts so make sure to try one after the meal!
Share a little known but interesting fact about the area/region: İzmir is one of the oldest cities of the Mediterranean world and has been of almost continuous historical importance during the last 5000 years. Being a big part of history, ancient sites of Ephesus and Pergamon, Artemis Temple and The House of Virgin Mary are highly recommended places to visit.
If you were to live in any other region where we have a Coldwell Banker presence, where would it be and why: UAE, Dubai because it is such a beautiful man-made place with great mixed culture, glamour, and is the center of opportunities for business.
Turkey is located right between Europe and Asia which gives the country geopolitically great importance. Taking place in the middle of the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean, Turkey serves as a bridge between many cultures and countries. The land Anatolia has survived many dynasties and empires through the ages. Today, Turkey stands as a young Republic with minds facing to West and hearts facing to its’ roots, found by Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK, the father of the Turks.
- Population: 4,5 million people
- Language(s) Spoken: Turkish native
- Climate: Four seasons, mostly warm
- Currency: Turkish lira
- Types of Architecture: Vertical at city center, horizontal at the coast; with both modern and contemporary estates.
- Average Sale price: 4.500 TL. for mainstream and 10.000TL for luxury real estate.
- Average years in house/apt: 5 to 15 years
- Types of financing: Housing loan
- Something else interesting: Time Share estates