Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey with population of around 4 million people, it’s the second biggest port after Istanbul and a very good transport hub. Once in the ancient of Smyrna, it is now a modern, developed, and busy commercial center, set around a huge bay and surrounded by mountains. The broad boulevards, glass fronted buildings and modern shopping centres are dotted with traditional red tiled roofs. The 18th century market and old mosques and churches give an atmosphere more of Mediterranean Europe than traditional Turkey. Dry and sunny summers in Izmir are so infernally hot and sticky that, unless there is and air conditioning in your room, you will most likely have trouble falling asleep at least on your first night, no matter whether the windows are wide open or not.
As far as transport is concerned, Izmir’s transportation system makes it unparalleled as a tourism venue. Transportation within the city offers a variety of means of public transportation such as cabs and dolmus, mini buses, public buses, taxis and trams. Fares are comparatively low.
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is an airport serving Izmir and is named after former Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes.