The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

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  • 1. Ephesus Archaeological Site

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The ruins of Ephesus, once the most important Greco-Roman city of the eastern Mediterranean, is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the...Read More

  • 2. Ephesus Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    Recently reopened after major renovations, this small museum has one of the best collections of Roman and Greek artifacts found anywhere in...Read More

  • 3. Kemeraltı

    Market/Bazaar

    Konak Meydanı marks the start of this energetic marketplace that spills into a maze of tiny streets, filled with shops and covered stalls. Wide...Read More

  • 4. Kordon

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    The delightful waterfront promenade is the most fashionable section of town and is perfect for a summer stroll; many locals use the sea breeze...Read More

  • 5. St. John Basilica & Fortress of Ayasuluk

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Step through the impressive, pre-Justinianic marble portal (its huge blocks likely plundered from the nearby Temple of Artemis) to approach...Read More

  • 6. Alsancak

    Neighborhood/Street

    Stretching inland from the breezy Kordon waterfront, the trendy, upscale neighborhood now known as Alsancak ("red banner," a reference to the...Read More

  • 7. Arkeoloji Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    Though badly in need of refurbishing, İzmir's showplace for archaeology holds some notable treasures. Look over the railing in the lobby, down...Read More

  • 8. Cave of the Seven Sleepers

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    According to the legend attached to the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, seven young Christian men hid in a cave to avoid persecution by the Romans...Read More

  • 9. Etnoğrafya Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    This delightfully hokey museum, across the street from the Archaeology Museum, focuses on folk art and daily life. The collection includes everything...Read More

  • 10. Genoese castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    There aren't many sights in Kuşadası proper, but the causeway just south of the harbor connects the town to an old Genoese castle on Güvercin...Read More

  • 11. İsa Bey Camii

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lovely and evocative, this is one of the most ancient mosques in western Turkey, dating from 1375. The jumble of architectural styles suggests...Read More

  • 12. Kadifekale

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Climb the windy, restored ramparts of the Kadifekale (Turkish for "velvet castle"), built soon after Alexander the Great swept through Smyrna...Read More

  • 13. Kervansaray

    Hotel–Sight

    Kuşadası's 300-year-old caravanserai , a short stroll from the cruise ship dock, is now the rather over-restored Hotel Club Kervansaray. The...Read More

  • 14. Konak Meydanı

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    At the water's edge, this vast space is one of the city's two main squares (the other, Cumhuriyet Meydanı, or Republic Square, is to the north...Read More

  • 15. Kültür Parkı

    Park/Playground

    Izmir's vast, central park has approximately 8,000 trees to stroll under, as well as an open-air theater, a culture center, the History and...Read More

  • 16. Meryem Ana Evi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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  • 17. Temple of Artemis

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Today a lone column towering over a scattering of fallen stones in a marshy lowland on the Selçuk–Ephesus road is all that remains of a temple...Read More

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  • 18. The Agora

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Near the foot of Kadifekale Hill, just off 920 Sokak (920 Street), this was the Roman city's administrative and commercial center. The present...Read More

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