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Summer is a great time for hiking Mount Bozdağ's slopes, with cool, crisp air providing refuge from the city's suffocating heat.
For a less strenuous trip, set out to Gölcük, where there are smaller hills and a beautiful lake ideal for picnics. To get to Gölcük via public transportation, take a bus from İzmir's terminal to Ödemiş; the trip takes about three hours. From Ödemiş, you can get a dolmuş to Gölcük from the corner of Hatay and Namik Kemal streets, near the Ödemiş bus terminal.
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