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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bergama (Pergamum)

Bergama Acropolis

One of Turkey's most impressive archaeological sites, Bergama's acropolis is dramatically sited on a hill to the northeast of the town centre. There's plenty to see in this ancient settlement, with ruins large and s…
Top Choice Market in İzmir

Kemeraltı Market

A labyrinthine bazaar stretching from Konak Sq through to the ancient Agora, Kemeraltı dates back to the 17th century and is home to shops, eateries, artisans' workshops, mosques, coffeehouses, tea gardens and synag…
Top Choice Mosque in Manisa

Muradiye Mosque

The architectural genius of Mimar Sinan is well and truly on show at this exquisite mosque, which was commissioned by Sultan Murat III and constructed between 1583 and 1585. After admiring its twin minarets and fron…
Top Choice Museum in İzmir

İzmir Museum of History & Art

This museum is overlooked by many visitors to the city, who do themselves a great disservice in the process. Spread over three pavilions, it is one of the richest repositories of ancient artefacts in the country and…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Sığacık

Teos

The evocative ruins of this ancient city, which was one of the 12 cities of the Ionian League, are spread over a low hilly isthmus now used as farmland. A flourishing seaport with two fine harbours in Greek and Roma…
Top Choice Waterfront in İzmir

Kordon

It’s difficult to imagine life in İzmir without its iconic seafront kordon (promenade), which stretches north from Cumhuriyet Meydanı to Alsancak and south from Konak Pier to Konak Meydanı. A triumph of urban renewa…
Top Choice Turkish in Bay of Edremit

Zeytin Bağı

Owner/chef Erhan Şeker is rightly proud of his hybrid restaurant, hotel and cookery school overlooking the Bay of Edremit, and he loves to introduce guests from around the globe to the joys of local Aegean produce. …
Top Choice Cafe in Ayvalık

Şeytan Kahvesı

One of the town's best-loved and most historic cafes, Şeytan Kahvesi (the Devil’s Coffeehouse) was named after the current owner’s grandfather, who certainly had an interesting name to live up to. Its streetside ter…
Top Choice Historic Site in Ayvalık

Old Town

Ayvalık’s old town is a joy to explore. A maze of cobbled streets east of the liman, it is full of market squares, atmospheric cafes, Greek Orthodox churches and pretty stone houses built by Greek residents during t…
Top Choice Cafe in İzmir

Léone

A Parisian-style divertissement in the heart of the city, this stylish cafe on Lozan Meydanı is wildly popular with Alsancak's ladies-who-lunch, who congregate at the tables on the streetside terrace. Coffee is exce…