The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Sights


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Published 07/06/2016

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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 lively commercial strip. 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 upper class, but the area has been expanded and developed to accommodate the city'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 2.25 TL) from the pier in Konak, Pasaport, or Alsancak.

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Izmir, Izmir, Turkey

Published 07/06/2016


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