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Izmir History and Places to Visit

Izmir, Turkey's window opening to the West with its modern lifestyle, tolerant environment where people of all religions and nationalities live together, with its blue and green colors and its geographical location on the Aegean Gulf coast, is a city where peace is embodied in contrast to the chaos of big cities, where those who know how to enjoy life live. . İzmir is one of the unique cities of Turkey with its unique culture, warmth and comfort of people, elegance and elegance of women. There are important and special tastes and places for the people of Izmir, who go out and walk on the promenade when they are bored and inhale the beautiful sea air. If you happen to be in the city, you should enjoy the places and tastes. The main dishes you should taste in Izmir are Şevketi bostan, tangles, artichokes, fresh sea fish, mussels, doves and of course the indispensable boyoz. Before you start your holiday, we are waiting for you to stop by our Devrecar Car Rental office and have our tea.
Izmir's beauties, places to visit and history do not end with telling or writing, Urla, Balıklıova, Karaburun, Seferihisar, Ildır, Gümüldür, Özdere, Dikili, Ödemiş, Tire, Teos ancient city, Kolophon, Klaros, Notion, Lebedos, Myonnesos , Airai, Dios Hieron, Leukai, Klazomenai, Erytrai.
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Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar

Kemeraltı is in Konak district of Izmir, one of the oldest cities in the world. One of the oldest market places in the world, the 2,400-year-old Kemeraltı Bazaar of Izmir, which embraces many historical places, the city's shopping center since the Hellenistic period, the exotic goods of the East brought from one end of the Silk Road are downloaded to the inns here, and from the port to the ships via Genoese merchants. loaded and exported. It is an important place that shapes the social, cultural and commercial life of İzmir and accelerates the development of the city. Despite the time, it offers its guests a fun shopping experience with its herbalists, coppersmiths and shoemakers in the area that extends to the Agora after the Clock Tower. There are approximately 2,000 historically registered buildings. At the same time, it is a region where churches, mosques, synagogues and 3 religions have lived in harmony for many years. Do not leave Izmir without visiting the historical Kizlaragasi Inn.

Smyrna / Agora

Homer's compatriots, the people of Izmir, have moved and changed their flags many times since ancient times. In ancient times, when cities were built, two things were needed, a hero and a prophecy. When Smyrna, also known as Izmir, was founded, this hero was Alexander the Great, and the prophecy was his dream.
In the past weeks, I had the opportunity to renew and learn new ones, about the legends and heroes that remained in my mind in pieces, and what I learned at school and by traveling. The excavation and expropriation works of the ancient city of Smyrna, initiated by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2002, continue. At this point, "Smyrna", a city of thousands of years in life, rises between Kadifekale and Kemeraltı in the center of İzmir.


Çeşme Alaçatı, Where Blue and Green Meet; Alaçatı, whose star has shined brightly in Turkey in recent years, is a holiday center that is flooded with visitors during the summer months. Alaçatı is a favorite spot for holidaymakers with its beautiful boutique hotels, wonderful cafes and restaurants, stone walls decorated with bougainvillea, lively entertainment and proximity to the magnificent beaches of Çeşme. Famous for its boutique hotels and stone houses, Alaçatı is a neighborhood of İzmir's Çeşme district. The nearest airport is ADB Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

How to go to Alaçatı?
Alaçatı, which is 79 km from Izmir city center, can be reached by shuttles from the airport, by bus from Izmir Bus Station and by municipal buses from the city center. You can safely reach Alaçatı from Izmir airport with the vehicles that you can rent from our company with economical, new model, all-inclusive and up-to-date prices. If you want, you can also benefit from our company's Transfer service. If you want to reach Alaçatı from ADB İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, you can use Havaş buses as an alternative. The journey, which takes approximately 90 minutes, is paid.


The ancient name of Ildır is Erythrai. It is thought that the word Erythrai derives from Erythros, which means "red" in Greek, and that Erythra is used in the sense of "Red City" because of the red color of the city's soil. According to another assumption, the city got its name from Erythros, the son of the first founder, Cretan, Rhadamanthes.
The findings unearthed in the city showed that there has been a settlement in this region since the Early Bronze Age. During the second colonization period, the city was under the rule of Knopos, a descendant of the Athenian King Kadros. The city, which was initially ruled by a kingdom, was later ruled by Basileus, who was also descended from the king, but was chosen by the people. They joined the Panionion religious and political union that Ionian cities established among themselves. The city experienced a short period of tyranny with Pythagoras, and gained importance with the millstones it produced and sold in this period.
Erythrai falls into the hands of Lydia and later the Persians. The city, which participated in the uprising against the Persian yoke, like other Ion cities, was founded in the BC. In 334, Alexander regains his independence. After the death of Alexander, Erythrai, which changed many hands as a result of the turmoil, passed into the hands of the Pergamon (Bergama) Kingdom. It gained the status of a free city within the Roman Empire in 133 BC. During this period, he gained fame with his wine, goats, millstones, and the female oracles Sibyl and Herophile.
The region, which suffered great destruction due to earthquakes, wars and looting of Roman commanders in the 1st century BC, began to be known as Ilderen and Ildır after the 16th century.


Asklepion is the name given to the sacred areas dedicated to the god of health, Asklepios, and used to treat people. Asklepion takes its name from Asklepios, the son of Apollo and known as the God of Health. Bergama Asklepion, located in the Bergama district of Izmir and serving for 9 centuries, is one of the most important health centers of the Ancient Age. Bergama, which was also the capital of the Pergamon Kingdom, from which it took its name, had been the center of culture, art and health for centuries. Asclepion, one of the important health centers of the period in the ancient city, which started in the 1870s and is still continuing, is a historical district of Izmir that sheds light on the past of medical science and attracts attention with the diagnosis and treatment methods applied at that time.

How to go to Bergama?
You can make a reservation from ADB Izmir airport or Izmir Bus Station on the website of Devrecar Car Rental and take your vehicle to Bergama on the date and time you specify. Another means of transportation is that you can take the Bergama minibuses from Izmir Bus Station.

Temple of Athena

In the name of Athena, the mother goddess of the city of Phokaia, one of the 12 Ionian cities of Western Anatolia. It is one of the earliest examples of the type of temple at the Ionian level, the construction of which began in 590-580. Columns made of tuff stone carry the cradle roof system. The excavation of the temple of Athena started in the 1998-1999 excavation season and is still continuing. The temple is in the center of Phokaia and dominates the city. Its main entrance faces east. In front of the east face was an altar where the offerings to Athena were left. The temple was surrounded by a beautiful podium wall. Cybele Open Air Temple. BC There were statues and reliefs of the goddess Cybele in five niches of various sizes in the building, which dates back to 580 BC. Small niches for the votive pool carved into the rock and sailor's lanterns; It shows that those who came from the sea worshiped here. The fortification walls on the rock on which the sanctuary rests show four different periods of wall construction. The archaic walls were built without mortar. While lime mortar was used on the walls of the Roman period; Khorasan Mortar consisting of lime mortar, sand, brick fragments and tile dust was used in the Genoese and Ottoman period walls.

Foca / Phokaia

It was one of the most important of the Ionian settlements. The foundations of today's western civilization, BC. It was cast in Ionia in the 6th century. The Ionian of the period was a pioneer in philosophy, architecture and sculpture. The Telephany of Phocaea shaved a sculpture that adorned the Persian palaces with his works. Theodoros was a famous architect. BC Dionysus, the commander who led the Lade Sea War in 494, was from Phokaia. This commander was also named after one of the greatest heroes of mythology, "Wine God" Dionysus. There are various views on the foundation of Phokaia; According to the ancient writer Pausanias, it was founded by people coming from Teos and Erthrai to the west of Izmir. According to the ancient writers Herodotus, Strabo and Nikolaos of Damascus, the Phocisians living in the Peloponnesian Peninsula in Central Greece came to Anatolia and founded Phokaia with the permission of the city of Kyme, which dominated the region. There are various views on the foundation of Phokaia; According to the ancient writer Pausanias, it was founded by people coming from Teos and Erthrai to the west of Izmir. According to the ancient writers Herodotus, Strabo and Nikolaos of Damascus, the Phocisians living in the Peloponnesian Peninsula in Central Greece came to Anatolia and founded Phokaia with the permission of the city of Kyme, which dominated the region.

Selcuk / Ephesus

Selçuk, Where Nature and History Meet; Selçuk district of İzmir is known for the Ancient City of Ephesus and Şirince Village. Selcuk County, which has a very rich historical background and heritage, has no other region in the world with a similarly distinguished settlement pattern that includes various cultures for millennia. Precious monuments and heritage from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish periods are in sight. Ephesus, one of the most beautiful ancient cities of Turkey, the Temple of Artemis, which is among the 7 wonders of the world today, the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last years, and Şirince, one of the most beautiful villages of our country, are located on the borders of Selçuk. Among the authors of the Bible, St. John's tomb, St. Joan Church, Ayasuluk Hill and Pamucak Beach are places to see. Selçuk Ephesus Museum is one of the richest museums in Europe with its artifacts.

How to Get to Selcuk District?
There is both a highway and a normal road between İzmir and Selçuk. The vehicles you will rent from our company have the Highway transit system HGS, you leave the Highway without entering the Aydın tunnel and you go on the normal highway for a while. The distance between İzmir and Selçuk is 75 km. This distance takes 1 hour by minibus and 1 hour and 15 minutes by Izban (light rail system). Our guests coming from other cities by bus can contact us at +90 232 251 23 13 and make car rental or transfer reservations, and they can reach their destination safely, economically and quickly.

Virgin Mary

The House of Virgin Mary is a Catholic temple located in Bülbüldağı, around Ephesus. It is 7 km from Selcuk. The house was discovered following the reported dreams of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Catholic nun in the 19th century.
Ephesus, the Anatolian capital of antiquity, is a magnificent metropolis. This mega ancient city, whose unique architectural works have been standing for thousands of years, has also entered the World Heritage List. The fact that the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, based on the Anatolian mother goddess (Kybele) tradition, is also in Ephesus increases its importance. In Ephesus Ruins, especially Hellenistic and Roman; There are symbols of high-level urbanization, architecture and religious history belonging to different civilizations.
Starting from prehistory, Ephesus was inhabited continuously throughout the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine (Eastern Roman), Principalities and Ottoman Periods and has always been a political and commercial center. B.C. Ephesus, which has played an important role in science, culture and art throughout its history dating back to 7000 years, is one of the most important metropolises of the ancient world. It was the principal gateway between East and West (Asia and Europe) and an important port city. It continued to develop without losing this position.
The history of excavations in the ancient city, which hosts an average of 1.5 million visitors a year, is approaching 125 years. Ephesus, which has not yet been fully uncovered, continues to add new dimensions to Anatolian archeology.
Three kilometers apart; It has two doors called “down” and “up”. The most famous ruin identified with the Ephesus Archaeological Site is the "Celcus Library", which amazes with its enormous columns. M.S. Dated to the 2nd century B.C., this library is one of the most important libraries of antiquity, after Alexandria and Pergamon. Hadrian's Gate and Hadrian's Temple on Curetes Street, built in the name of Emperor Hadrian, are among the remarkable structures. Artemision, one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient World, a large theater with a seating capacity of approximately 25 thousand people, stadium, commercial and state agoras, the Prytaneum containing the Temple of Hestia (the city's sacred fire), an odeon (assembly and concert hall) for approximately 1800 people, and the ancient port. other necessary remains.
Yamaçevler within the boundaries of Ruins has its own separate entrance. Hz. The Church of Mary, where the Ecumenical Council took place in 431, where Mary was accepted and declared as the mother of Jesus, should also be seen.


Sığacık is a tangerine-scented fishing town on the coast of Seferihisar, one of İzmir's beautiful coastal cities. Quiet and calm, yet so colorful. This place is only 52km away from Izmir, that is, about fifty minutes. Sığacık is a settlement inside the castle. 16th century Sığacık Castle, which is estimated to have been built during the Seljuk period, was not isolated from the inhabitants of the town while it was being restored.
It has a considerable place among the castle settlements in the world. It is impossible not to get caught up in the dreams of living here while wandering the streets where you will be surrounded by walls and be so peaceful.
Sığacık has become world-renowned in recent years. "Citta Slow" became Turkey's first slow city in 2009, affiliated to Seferihisar. Organic life is not a luxury but a way of life here, and the taste of grapes, tangerines, artichokes and olives is different here.

Sigacik Castle
It is estimated that the Sığacık Castle, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the port, was built during the Seljuk period. However, the most important place in the history of the castle, which was damaged due to earthquakes and later repaired many times during the Aydınoğulları and Ottoman periods, is the navy commander Parlak Mustafa Pasha, who was prepared for the Rhodes Campaign with the suggestion of Admiral Admiral Piri Reis during the Ottoman period, upon the order of Suleiman the Magnificent. It was rebuilt by the stones carried from the ruins of the Ancient City of Teos between 1521 and 1522 and used as a naval base. Since Sığacık was built inside this place, you can see the inside. We also say go to the marina side and see it from the outside. Within the walls of a Sığacık castle. The castle has 3 gates. There were still wooden gates here until 30 years ago, the castle gates were closed at 22 o'clock. At 2 am the guard was waiting for the door. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of these gates are currently unknown.

Teos Ancient City

We don't know how you are with history, but this ancient city lost in olive trees is a place that can be visited even for the purpose of trekking. The most important historical value of Sığacık is BC. The ancient city of Teos, which was founded by the Cretans who fled from the Achaeans in 1000 BC and later became the city of the Ionians. The most basic structure here is the Temple of Dionysus in Ionian order. The temple here was the largest temple in the world dedicated to Dionysus, the God of Wine. Of course, it is only possible to talk about the basics such as columns, pedestals and column headings. There is also an amphitheater where concerts are still held.


The distance of Karaburun to İzmir city center is 106 km. Its area is 421 km2.[2] Urla district in the south of the district; The Aegean Sea is located to the west, north and east. Its center is in the northeast of the peninsula of the same name. Foça on the opposite side of the side facing the inner sea, and Çeşme on the Küçükbahçe side.
The district center of Karaburun is divided into 4 main parts as Kaza, İskele, Burgaz Arkası and Bodrum. The pier is where the fishing port of the cauldron is located. It is also the promenade where people walk in the evenings. There are dive centers and fish restaurants. The back of Burgaz is the part where there are mostly summer houses. Bodrum is the part where the busiest beach of the district is located.
In Karaburun, there is the Big Island in front of the Pier and the Small Island facing the back of Burgaz. Ahead of the pier is the Karaburun Sailing Club.
In summer, it has a regular imbat wind blowing every day, starting in the afternoon and until dark.

Sardes Ancient City

The ruins of the ancient city of Sardes, the capital of the Lydian State, are in the Sart Town of Salihli District. It is understood from the excavations that Sart and its region have been the scene of various settlements for over 5000 years and that it was an important settlement center in the Roman and Byzantine periods.
The city of Sardis of the Lydian period, known as the first place where money was printed under the guarantee of the state in history, became a rich city thanks to agriculture, animal husbandry, trade and gold mining in the Paktolos (Sart) Stream. B.C. Starting from the 7th century AD. During the 14th century, which lasted until the early Byzantine period of the 7th century, Sardes remained an important city in terms of transportation, administration and trade.
Sardis, which is mentioned in the Revelation section of the Bible as one of the seven churches in Western Anatolia, which played an important role in the spread of Christianity to the west, also has a special importance in terms of religion.


Artemis, the god of the wild, prevented King Tmolos' love for the Sea Sprite Arripe by unleashing a raging bull on him. But the love of Tmolos, who was buried on this mountain by his son, comes to life in Bozdağ with a different beauty every season.
The text “Welcome to Bozdağ, Paradise on Earth” welcomes you. After visiting Bozdag, you will see how true this is. Bozdag has its own beauty in every season.
Bozdag's most important livelihood is agriculture and its potatoes are very famous. After potatoes, green beans, kidney beans, apples, chestnuts, walnuts, cherries and recently broccoli started to be grown. Bozdag is also famous for its foam halva. Be sure to taste the foam halvah. You won't regret it.


It is a touristic village with preserved historical architecture, connected to the Selçuk District of İzmir and 8 kilometers from Selçuk. It is rumored that the original name Kirknca was given to forty people who hit the mountains in a legendary age. This name, which took forms such as Kirkice, Kirkince and finally Çirkince in Greek pronunciation, was formalized as Şirince in the first years of the Republic by the instruction of Kazım Dirik, the governor of İzmir at the time.
In the 19th century, it was known as a Greek town of 1800 households, especially famous for the production of figs for export. In 1923, as a result of the Turkish-Greek population exchange, when the Greeks left (most of them settled in Nea Efesos village of Katerini), it was settled by the refugees from the Müştiyan (Moustheni) and Somokol (Domatia) villages of Kavala. The economy of the village, which was formerly based on viticulture, wine production and olive cultivation, was interrupted for a while at the hands of new residents from a tobacco region, but these sectors have started to develop again in parallel with the increasing touristic importance in recent years. In addition to viticulture and olive cultivation, peaches, figs, apples and walnuts are grown.

Odemis Golcuk

Located in Bozdağlar surrounding Ödemiş, this charming plateau is also famous for Gölcük Lake. The lake is in the middle of the plateau surrounded by pine forests. Gölcük, which is used as a camping place by sports clubs with its wonderful air, accommodation facilities, is literally a nature paradise.
The lake, which is approximately 1100 meters above sea level, was formed by tectonic movements. The depth of the lake is 5 meters on average. Gölcük is 130 kilometers from İzmir and 18 kilometers from Ödemiş. The historical building, where the 2nd President İsmet İnönü stayed at the lakeside in 1934, is still used as a hotel today.

Black Lake

Yamanlar Mountain is a 1,076-meter-high mountain mass that dominates the northeastern part of the Izmir metropolitan area and the Izmir Bay, most of which is located within the borders of Karşıyaka district. Yamanlar Mountain is largely composed of volcanic rocks. This mountain is separated from the Spil Mountain in the east by the 700 m high Sabuncubeli pass. It dominates the Izmir Bay in the west. Karagöl crater lake is located on a flat area close to the summit of Yamanlar Mountain. Karagöl is associated with Tantalos and his legend in mythology, and some archaeological findings confirm this relationship and give it a historical content. The mountain bears the same name as the Yamanlar village located on its foothills. At a location close to the mountain peak, there are some facilities and a monument for visitors.

Klaros Ancient City

Klaros is one of the two important oracle centers of the Oracle God Apollo in Anatolia. It is in the Menderes District of İzmir, on the plain of the Ahmetbeyli Valley, 13 km from Kolophon in the north and 2 km from Notion in the south.
Hundreds of years ago, there were people from all over the world to Klaros, one of the important centers of the concept of prophecy, which has always attracted the attention of humanity. The priests, who drank the holy water believed to be formed from the tears of the Manto, which founded the city, were communicating with the god.
Klaros, BC. XIII. From its foundation in the century A.D. IV. A city that functioned as a "Center of Knowledge" until it was abandoned in the 19th century… Its foundation dates back to the Achaean colonization period of the city of Kolophon.

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