Izmir, a city dating back 8,500 years, has hosted a number of different civilizations like the Hittites, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans. Izmir has a myriad of treasures like the ancient cities in Ephesus and Bergama, the remnants of the Temple of Artemis which is one of the 8 wonders of the ancient world, and the House of Mary. More>>
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List while also being Turkey's largest open-air museum, the ancient city of Ephesus is visited by almost a million people every year. The Roman Period monument Celsus Library and the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the eight wonders of the ancient world, are all located here.
An Ionian civilization in the Ancient Era, Foça was called Phokaia for the Mediterranean monk seals that lived in its waters and this name reached our present day in the form of Foça. Included in Homeros's Odysseia, Foça is a place frequented by both foreign and domestic tourists. In Foça day trips can be made on boats to visit the islands and coves or the historical sites. Foça is the second slow city (cittaslow) of Izmir, after Seferihisar.