Izmir has a rich historical background, being founded by the Trojans. It was a major port city during the reign of the Romans, having the name of Smyrna during that time. Izmir was an important trade location during the Ottoman empire, and Greece attempted a takeover after the first World War, only to be thwarted by the army of Ataturk.
Getting to Izmir is easy, with the Adnan Menderes Airport having regular domestic flights to and from Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya. The railways stations at Basmane and Alsancak provide train service to and from Izmir. It can also be reached by ferry from Istanbul.
There are many places to see in Izmir. Konak square and Konak street are a good place to start, having the the famous clock tower, palm trees and the Asansor, the elevator that was used to transfer cargo from the harbor to the Halil Rifat quarters.. The remains of Roman empire in Agora provide insight about the rich heritage of Izmir.
The citadel at Kadifekale Hill, situated on top of the ancient Mount Pagus, incorporates in its construction elements of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. The hill itself offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Izmir and the surrounding areas.
There are many hotels and restaurants in the area, therefore accommodation and food are easily available in Izmir. Local markets are popular, as are bars and nightclubs.