On a hot summer day, the 20-minute ferry ride from Konak to Karşıyaka is a great way to cool off, and on arrival, you can walk along the commercial strip, İzmir's version of Istanbul's İstiklâl Caddesi. Karşıyaka, which means the "opposite side/shore" in Turkish, is one of several purported birthplaces of the poet Homer, and was the residence of one of Turkey's most famous contemporary poets, Attila Ilhan. For years, it was a tranquil summer resort for İzmir's
upperclass, but the area has been expanded and developed to accommodate İzmir's growing population. Try some lokma (sweet doughnut holes), for which the district is famous, or delicious hot pide (a Turkish cross between a pizza and a calzone, with cheese, meat, and/or vegetables). Depending on where you are on the Kordon, you can catch the ferry (about 4 TL) from the pier in Konak or Pasaport.