Province: Izmir

As a province Izmir has so much to offer. The history here is among the deepest with large settlements dating back to 5000 years. Izmir once known as Smyrna, has seen the coming and goings of some of history’s most important men and events with the Amazons, Hittites, Ionians, Persians, Homer, Alexander the Great, Greeks, Romans, John the Apostle, Ignatius of Antioch, Byzantines, Seljuks, and the Ottomans all making their mark on the story of this remarkable city. Set on the magnificent Aegean coast, Izmir is not only Turkey’s third largest city but also home to some of the country’s best beaches, making it one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations.