Travel Guide to Izmir

Indian Embassy in Izmir

Bayraklı Mahallesi, Anadolu Cad. Koyuncuoğlu İş Han D:37, 35530 Bayraklı/İzmir, Turkey

Phone: +90 232 461 46 60

Visa Process

The following documents are required to get a Turkey visa:

  • Original passports with 6 months validity from date of arrival in Turkey along with the old passports
  • Covering letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit.
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Overseas travel insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months with a balance of at least Rs. 1 lac

Time required: 5-8 working days

Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain a Turkey visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.

About Izmir

The city of Izmir is a blend of eastern and western culture with a prominent port in the vicinity. It has the third largest population after Istanbul and Ankara. The city is responsible for a significant amount of foreign trade of Turkey with Europe. Due to rich past and breakneck progress in the modern world, Izmir has various places of attractions inviting tourists from all over the globe. Huge shopping malls, buildings, and luxurious settlements dot the landscape through the length and breadth of the place. The city has 4000 years of history with a human civilisation dating back to 2000 BC. In short visiting Izmir is a wonderful experience for the travellers.

Places to visit in Izmir:

Kemaralti market:

The market was established in the 17th century, and it spans across Konak square to Agora. It is inundated with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, and mosques. In fact, you can also find numerous artefacts that take you back in time. You can get beautiful works of the artists inside the market at cost effective prices. If you are a foodie, sign up for the specialist culinary walk famous in the area.

Art and history museum:

The local art and history museum is also one of the prominent places of attractions. It is spread over 3 pavilions and stores the creation of ancient Smyrna, Teos, Miletos, and Pergamon. A special pavilion is also located inside and comprises of precious jewellery, coins, and pots in abundance. The metals were made from the alloy of gold and silver with a liberal mixing of other elements. You can also view the Roman era statue of the river God belonging to 2nd century AD.

Visit Ephesus:

One can visit to see the ruins of Ephesus and the St Mary’s house day. It is a pleasure to grace the final resting place of mother Mary. People like to visit the Seven Wonders of the World such as temple Artemis. The site is known for the findings of medical tools belonging to the ancient past. Drills, needles, spatulas, and hooks were also found during the archaeological excavation process. They depict the advancement of medical science in the era gone by.

Visit Agora:

Agora is one of the most important places of attractions in Izmir and houses a large number of Roman monuments. There are numerous colonnades and ruins of the mighty gates belonging to the Greco Roman civilisation. A huge museum in the city welcomes tourists who can see Poseidon, Demeter, Artemis and the altar of Zeus.

Konak Square:

Visiting Konak Square is a dream come true for the tourists. A huge 1901 clock tower is the spiritual centre of the city as it signifies the freedom of turkey during First World War. Konak square is not only a historical place but also consists of seaside promenades. Also, the presence of custom houses on the Konak pier city by Gustav Eiffel is a cynosure for all eyes. After visiting the place, you can return using the ferry and get a good view of the surrounding ambience.

The village of Sirnice:

After a visit to Ephesus, one should travel to the village of Sirnice located 5 miles into the hills. The attraction is bounded by eye-catching greenery and rocky terrain. Travellers can have local wines and peaches that are not only unique but also quite tasty. Fasting of Ramadan occurs when an individual goes about beating the drum with announcements.

Pergamon Acropolis:

It is situated right on the hilltop and faces the modern town of Bergama. Once a thriving Greek city, the place exuded huge power in the 2nd century BC. Huge structure with soaring pillars has become the object of fascination for the tourists.

If you have visited Acropolis, the Greek-Roman spa town is also not very far off. It comprises of white travertine terraces created by the hot springs flowing down the hills. Also, the ancient temple of Hierapolis is also located in close vicinity for the travellers.

In short, visiting tourist places in Izmir will connect you with the history. There are many things to do in Izmir, explore the famous places in Izmir and learn about Izmir’s points of interest.

How to reach Izmir?

Izmir is well connected to different cities across the globe through Adnan Menderes Airport. Regular flights take tourists from Istanbul, Ankara, and Antalya to the airport while international carriers operate between the major European cities to the picturesque town.

A huge bus station is situated in the centre of the city and hosts regular buses from the city of Istanbul.

People can visit the place using a train as the city is served by two train stations connecting Ankara, Denizli, and Isparta. A direct train connection to Istanbul is also established only if the visitors use the ferry at Bandirma.

Travellers can reach the place weekly by ferry from Venice. It is a wonderful journey that a tourist would relish.

Moving around in Izmir:

Izmir is served by a diverse range of transport such as public ferries hopping from one island to another. Public bus system connects the various places of attractions inside the town. Also, train line also runs between stations located in the city. Since the metro connectivity in the city is highly developed, it can be used to visit different places of attractions in the city. Hiring a taxi or rent can be used as a cost-effective method by the travellers to reach to various places of attractions.

Best Time to Visit the city:

Spring is probably the best weather to visit the city because it is moderate and does not experience a lot of rain. Summer season is sweaty, and people may not enjoy this period to a great extent. Winter season is chilly and also experiences snowfall.

What to Pack?

The city is known for conservative and modern European clothing. You should pack skirts, shorts, and T-shirts during the summer season. Don’t forget to pack different varieties of shoes and sandals. While visiting the mosque, you can cover the head with a piece of clothing. During spring and autumn season, people may encounter chill and rain in the atmosphere, in such cases, one should pack either jacket or sweater. In the winter season, warm clothing and rain gears are required because during this time Izmir experiences rainfalls too.

Top Delicacies:

The city of Izmir is known for its best delicacies that have become relishing for the palettes of the foodies. In fact, the traditional cuisine of the city is worth trying and quite popular among the foodies from across the globe. Some of the most popular foods are:

  • Meze is a classic Turkish appetiser that is preferred by the people living near the sea. It is created with the help of honey calamari and grilled eggplant
  • Seafood is another delicacy that is favoured by the tourists arriving in hordes
  • Akinin Yeri is a favourite restaurant in the city dishing out a unique menu to the visitors
  • Gözleme consists of grilled sheets of dough and numerous fillings according to the preferences of the users. Some restaurants in Izmir have more than 700 varieties of delicacies for the foodies
  • One of the most popular cuisines is grilled fish in its simplest form. Fresh fish is served with green vegetables to the foodies
  • Katmer is a puffy and buttery pastry that is dished out along with wine. It is quite tasty and acts as a good evening snack for the travellers
  • Grilled octopus is served only at the Mavra restaurant which is probably one of the busiest restaurants in the city

Indian Restaurants in Izmir

  • The Gastro State at Ataturk Cad. 1.Kordon 366/2b | Alsancak, Izmir 35220, Turkey. Contact the restaurant at +90 232 421 38 92
  • Kaktus Atolye Kafe at Sakarya Caddesi, Akincilar Sok. No: 1/b, Izmir 35000, Turkey. Contact the restaurant at +90 546 541 26 35
  • Aquarium Restaurant at Alsancak Mahallesi, Gazi Osman Paşa Bulv. Swissotel Grand Efes No:1, 35210 Konak/İzmir, Turkey. Contact the restaurant at +90 232 414 00 00

Shopping List Essentials:

People looking to shop western items should visit the shopping malls located in the Bornova area. There are hosts of entertainment and leisure opportunities for the visitors. Open air market or bazaars are also available where you can negotiate the price of the goods.

People looking to buy traditional souvenirs can grace Kemaralti bazaar, the oldest shopping area in the region. There are numerous stalls where people can spend the entire day and night browsing through the products. One can head from Konak square and encounter shops that specialise in different trades. If you are interested in antique pieces, it is vital to visit the Kizlaragasi Han a smaller version of the covered Istanbul bazaar.

Agora shopping experience is a breeze for the people. It is the biggest shopping mall in the city housing everything from clothes to different types of accessories for the users. One of the most important shopping tips in Izmir is that people should not be afraid of haggling.

Healthcare Centers:

Private medical facilities in the city are well developed and geared to meet the demands of the travellers. Medical park hospital has a special international patient centre catering to the health-related issues faced by the tourists arriving Izmir.

Apart from providing services to quality doctors, the healthcare treatment is cost-effective for the patients.

Currency

Turkey Lira is the currency of choice in Izmir compared to Euros. Although people can change the money at the airport, it is always advisable to visit the banks or the exchange offices dotting the landscape of the city. Generally, the brokerage commission in such cases would be 7 to 8%.

Basics of Local Communication:

While meeting Turks, you need to not only make eye contact but also shake hands with the hosts. Also, basic language understanding is essential to facilitate seamless communication. Salutation for male starts with bay while for females it is termed as bayan.

Common phrases in the Turkish language

English Turkish
Good morning Günaydın
My name is… ad-ın
Where is…? nerede
Yes Evet
No yok hayır
Please Lütfen
Sorry afedersiniz
How much is this…? bu ne kadar

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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

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Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

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