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General Information About The Tourism Capacity Of Izmir's Center And Districts


ALİAĞA

It's located in the north of İzmir. Its area is 390 km2, and is 60 km away from İzmir.

An hour away from İzmir, Aliağa is on the Aegean Region’s coastline.

Aliağa is in the west of Manisa, east of Foça and Aegean Sea, south of Bergama and north of Menemen.

Aliağa is fairly rich in its culture and historical tourism.

Cyme, Myrina and Grynea cities along with the city of Aeolis left by the Aeolians are within the boundaries of Aliağa.

The ancient city of Cyme is 2km away from the city's highway. Cyme was established at the same time as Lesbos, in 1100 BC. The presence of fertile plains led the people to engage in agriculture. Also a seafaring city, Cyme earned a reputation for not collecting taxes on the ships that land on their ports for 200 years.

Ancient city of Cyme is reached through a road separating from the 55th km of İzmir - Çanakkale highway.

Myrina (Sebastopolis) is located in the last bay of Çandarlı Gulf where Güzelhisar River meets with the sea. A Necropolis located on top of two hills containing approximately 5000 graves was coincidentally discovered by the villagers. Hellenistic Terra Cotta that were excavated from the graveyard is in İstanbul and Louvre museums today.

Gryneion is on the coast of Çandarlı Gulf, between Elaia and Myrina. It is known for the Temple of Apollo and its prophecies. It was demolished by Parmenion in 334 BC. Through the research made, it was found out that there were two long breakwaters and a tower that are thought to be used to protect the port, stone blocks and pieces of ceramic that support this findings were found.

Also in Gryneion;

In the Helvacı Village: Artifacts from prehistoric age were found. These artifacts are in İzmir Museum.

Uzunhasanlar Village: There are castle ruins 2 km away from the village.

Aşağışakran: In Zindan Kayaları, Seç Hill there are caves, buildings and tomb remains.

Elaia: Located near the Zeytinyağ pier and İncirlik, in the boundries of Aşağışakran.

Aigai: Nemrutkale, located near the Güzelhisar River.Ruins can be seen.

In Aliağa there are two Tourism Operations Certified Facilities with 160 bed capacities and one investment certified facility with 242 bed capacity.

Also, Bird Sanctuary in which you can see bird species such as flamingos, storks, purple herons, mallards, shelducks, snipes and Mediterranean gulls is located in Aliağa.

BALÇOVA

Its area is 29 km2, and it neighbors Konak, Karabağlar and Narlıdere districts. Balçova is 8 km away from the center of İzmir, and as of 2014 has a population of 77.311 people.

The first place that comes to mind when Balçova is mentioned is İnciraltı. With its fish restaurants under the eucalyptus trees, İnciraltı is a beautiful place that is alive and breathing.

Gençlik Parkı (Youth Park), Sahil (the Coast) and Çakal Burnu Dalyanı are some of the gifts of nature to İnciraltı.

Balçova has an important tourism potential especially in terms of the world's and Turkey's thermal tourism-oriented health tourism.

In the area known as Agamemnon Kaplıcaları (hot springs) that has been used since 1.200 - 1.400 BC; Balçova Thermal Hotel, Kaya Thermal, Wyndham Grand İzmir Özdilek Hotel, İnciraltı City Forest, 6 km long Coastline and the Cable Car are located and are values of Balçova.

In our country, there are about five accommodation facilities providing the hot spring demands of the tourists that were built taking people with disabilities into account. The most important one of them is Balçova Thermal Facilities in Balçova, İzmir. Along with standard rooms, there are also rooms specially arranged for the physically disabled, rooms with anti-static furniture for the people with asthma and allergies, and rooms suited to people with rheumatism.

The facility is well-equipped for health tourism with services such as aerobics, step, fitness, sauna massage, ambulance, emergency health services etc.

Thermal water can help cure; back and neck disorders (hernia, arthrosis etc.), rheumatic diseases, arthritis, fibromyalgia, post-orthopedic and post fracture surgery, post-prosthetic surgery, peripheral neuropathy, nerve and tendon injuries, muscle and joint stiffness, neurological diseases (spinal cord injuries, head trauma, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, balance - coordination disorder, cerebral palsy (facial paralysis) and muscle diseases.

There are three facilities with operation certificates in the district with a total of 599 rooms and 1.204 bed capacity. One of these serve as a five-star facility, while others are four and three-star facilities.

BAYINDIR

79 km away from İzmir, Bayındır is located in the southeast of İzmir, in Küçük Menderes Basin. Its area is 588 km2

Hacı Sinan Mosque and Complex, Telcioğlu Mosque, Recep Inn, Eskici Dede Shrine and Bayındır Ilıcaları are prominent historical and touristic places of Bayındır.

Furthermore, the annual Flower Festival held attracts especially the local tourists. It is observed that Bayındır Ilıcaları are especially in demand by domestic tourists.

BAYRAKLI

Its area is 37 km2 with a population of 310.765 as of 2014. Bayraklı is identified with the ancient city of Smyrna.

Known for being the place İzmir was first established, Bayraklı has a high potential for tourism.

With the legendary Tomb of Tantalus and the ancient city built in 3000 BC Smyrna, Bayraklı is backed by a rich and famous history. 

In Bayraklı, first excavation efforts of the ancient city of Smyrna began and continued in years 1948 - 1951 in the name of Ankara University by Prof. Dr. Ekrem AKURGAL. Then it was stopped and resumed at various times by Meral AKURGAL.

The result of these archaeological excavations determined that the history of İzmir dates back to 3000 BC and the city was first established in Bayraklı.

The coastline of Bayraklı is comprised of recreational areas and Turan region is going through a development in terms of tourism, entertainment, trade and culture.

BERGAMA

Bergama has an era of 1.573 km2, and is 107 km away from İzmir.

Its historical name is Pergamon, taking its name from Prince Pergamos. The word "Bergama" means "cliff".

The first money of Bergama as a medium of exchange was issued in 5th century BC.

Bergama is neighbors with Balıkesir; Savaştepe, İvrindi, Ayvalık, Dikili along with Soma, Kınık, Aliağa, Manisa

Bergama has its name written in the World Heritage List as Turkey's 13th and the world's 999th heritage site.

Bergama entered the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.

Bergama, the place where the first inflation happened along with the issue of first coin, and also the place where the parchment was invented, is backed with a rich tourism potential.

Bergama is home to many historical works such as Akropolis, Asklepion, Red Basilica, Agamemnon Hotsprings, Kozak Tableland, Arap, Müftü, Ulu, Kurşunlu, Laleli, Kulaksız and Yeni Cami, Küplü Hamam, Tabaklar Hamam, Koca Sinan Mescid, İncirli Mescid and Karaosman fountain along with the Acropolis city.   

Bergama is an open-air museum with the Acropolis city which has the steepest theater in the world, one of the first psychological treatment centers Asklepieon, one of the few hotsprings of the time Allianoi, one of the first seven churches of Christianity mentioned in the Bible Basilica and the ancient Pergamon, Havra, Inns, hamams, mosques, fountains, Temple of Serapis, Temple of Athena, Temple of Dionysos and Trajan, King Palaces, the Library of Bergama, Agora, Arsenal, theater with 10.000 seats and Altar of Zeus.

The district has a tourism potential with its geothermal resources such as the Agamemnon Hot Springs for health tourism, and natural resources for rural tourism and ecological tourism.

BEYDAĞ

Beydağ is in the east of İzmir and 142 km away from it. It has Kiraz in its north, Nazilli in its east, Ödemiş in its west and Sultanhisar in its south. Its area is 162 km2, and as of 2014 has a population of 12.457.

The first name of Beydağ in history was Palaipolis, meaning "old city". Rock graves, Pilâv Tepe, İntepe, Cintepe and ruins of Tumulus of Beyler Tepesi has come until today and is important in terms of tourism.

Beydağ has the potential for growth in tableland, hunting, golf and sky diving tourisms.

If suitable conditions are met it is thought that sky diving and backpacking activities will improve in Beydağ in a short time.

Paragliding, an activity that makes people experience the nature, the blue sky, the green ground and the wind, should be promoted in Beydağ as a part of its tourism.

Teacher's Lodge and Beydağ Hostel provides accommodation in Beydağ.

BORNOVA

Its area is 220 km2 with a population of 431.149 as of 2014.

Ova means "plain" in Turkish. Bornova used to be called "What a beautiful plain", and the city has been built on a plain.

Bornova has a rich tourism potential.

Big House (The Charlton Whittall Home-E.Ü. Rector's Office Building)

  • Pandispanya Mansion, also known as Green Mansion, inside Ege University Campus,
  • Dramalılar Mansion,
  • The Catholic Church of Santa Maria and Protestant Churches,
  • Yıkık Minare Mosque,
  • Alişir-Nezir-Beşir Gazi Hazretleri Tomb,
  • Büyük Mosque (Hüseyin İsa Bey Mosque),
  • Çiçekli Köyü Mosque that was built by Abdul Hamid the Second in 1878,
  • Roman Bridge assumed to have been built in 300 AD located on Nif River.
  • Manisa-İzmir-Aydın Caravan Road,
  • Peterson Mansion, 
  • Paggy Mansion,
  • Murat Evi (Haunted Mansion),

Giraud Houses are historical heritages that are worth seeing and preserving.

BUCA

Its area is 134 km2 and as of 2014 it has a population of 461.761.

Buca also has a rich tourism potential.

Aqueducts, George King Forbes, Gout, Princess Borghese, Count Dr. Aliberti, Rees, De Jongh, Dimonstanis Baltacı Mansion, historical English Protestant Church, Russo Mansion, tombs of famous families who have lived and died in Buca, narrow streets, aesthetically wonderful Greek houses are worth seeing in Buca.

Hasan Ağa Garden, the Pond of Buca and the Hippodrome are also a part of Buca's tourism supply and attracts especially the local tourists.

In recent history Buca has been known as the summer resort of Levantines who was formed in the framework of their industrial and commercial relations with English, French and Dutch companies. With its mansions Buca still has not lost this feature.

In 1868 an effigy of a woman was discovered in the northeast of Buca. This effigy is still exhibited in London British Museum.

Pillar heads with Byzantine Cross reliefs around Buca and Kangölü, marble floors thought to belong to the ancient Temple of Artemis, Byzantine coins around Forbes Mansion, and Roman Castle ruins on the Gürçeşme (Kançeşme) road reveal that people lived in these lands in ancient times. These are all proofs of Buca's existence in ancient times.

There is one municipal certified accommodation facility in Buca (80 bed capacity).

Monument trees in Kaynaklar, Buca are worth seeing.

Among 220 immovable cultural assets that should be protected; 10 of them are natural protected areas and monument trees.

Some of these cultural assets are: Ahmet Susuzlu Mosque, Gece Pazarı, Şirinyer Station, Nato field (Registered immovable cultural assets and monument trees), Kızılçullu Aqueducts, Kaynaklar Graveyard, Kaynaklar Cuma Mosque, Eski Köprü over Kaynaklar Stream, ancient castle ruins in Kaynaklar (Archaeological site), Kaynaklar Sivrikaya Tepe Mevkii (First degree natural protected site), Kaynaklar Gökdere Village (Natural protected site), natural protected site at the Kaynaklar - Bornova border, Buca Graveyard (Archaeological protected site), third degree archaeological site in Dokuz Eylul University Tınaztepe Campus.

Some of the natural heritages that should be protected are: Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) Buca Faculty of Education, Girl's Orphanage, Buca Highschool, Hasanağa Park, DEU Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hancı Cafe, Ziraat Bank's Building on Menderes Street, Rees Mansion, Yerli Mosque, Protestant Baptist Church, Hacı Davut Fargoh Mansion, Buca Public Library, Muradiye Mosque, Gavrili Mansion.

ÇEŞME

Çeşme is 80 km away from İzmir. And Çeşme has an area of 260 km2, its population is 39.243 as of 2014.

Çeşme has many beaches such as Şifne, Küçük Liman, Pırlanta, Paşa limanı, Ilıca beach, Çiftlik, Altınkum, Çatal azmak, Sakızlı bay, Tekke beach and Ayayorgi.

Çeşme Castle and the Caravansary are two of the important historical assets of Çeşme.

Gumwood trees that were discovered for the first time in Çeşme 6000 years ago are of importance for the region's economy. 

Çeşme kumru (a kind of sandwich), and gum jam are associated with Çeşme.

There are 6 five-star hotels in Çeşme. These hotels have 1.843 room and 4.143 bed capacity.

In additions to the hotels there are 43 facilities with touristic certificates, 146 municipality supervised hotels, 52 villas and aparts, 90 hostels and 245 facilities in Alaçatı that makes the total of 576 facilities with 11.465 room and 26.214 bed capacity.

Some of the tourism supplies of Çeşme are hotsprings in Ilıca and Şifne; Ilıca, Pırlanta and Altınkum beaches, Windsurfing facilities in Alaçatı, the famous Çeşme Castle and Museum, fountains and mosques from Ottoman period, Erythrai ancient city in Ildırı Village, Çeşmeköy and historical remains in Bağarası region, seafood and windmills that greet its visitors through the road to Çeşme.

Furthermore, the natural beaches in Ildırı Region where bays of Büyük Port and Paşa Port along with Ancient Erythrai is located is also a suitable area of camping, attracting both local and foreign tourists.

ÇİĞLİ

Its area is 97 km2 and has a population of 176.864 as of 2014.

In Turkish, to "çiğ" means to rain lightly. Because the green fields of this area was constantly exposed to light rain, it was named "Çiğli", which can be roughly translated as "the place where light rain drops".

People of Turkish origin who have emigrated from Yugoslavia was accommodated in Çiğli.

"İzmir Bird Sanctuary" is largely in Çiğli.

İzmir Bird Sanctuary is the center of world's all birds.

The Bird Sanctuary that hosts bird species such as flamingos, Dalmatian pelicans, herons, swallows and kingfishers is a suitable natural habitat for birds with its reeds, islands and peninsulas that stretch along an 8 km2 area.

In the Bird Sanctuary there is also a building for visitors, bird museum, stationary binoculars, bird observation towers and tandem tour bicycles.

There are three little hills in Bird Sanctuary called Lodos Tepe, Orta Tepe and Poyraz Tepe.

The view of saltpans, Homa Lagoon and Gulf of İzmir is extraordinary on top of these hills.

In the area of the three hills the Ancient City of Leukai is located and is registered as first degree archaeological site. Sazlıklar is registered as a first degree protected site.

Çamaltı Salt Marsh which provides 60% of Turkey's salt demand is in the borders of Çiğli.

Wildlife Park of İzmir also attracts the attention of and is visited by especially the local tourists.

İzmir Wildlife Park is open to visitors every day throughout the year.

DİKİLİ

Its area is 541 km2. Dikili is 118 km away from İzmir and as of 2014 has a population of 41.999.

Dikili is located in the north of İzmir.

The district neighbors Ayvalık, Bergama and Aliağa.

Dikili has a coast near Aegean Sea facing Greece's Lesbos Island.

There is a 20 km long beach in Dikili and 22 km long beach in Çandarlı.

Dikili has a high tourism potential in terms of both beach and thermal tourism.

Dikili is especially visited by local tourists.

Dikili has a historical background that dates back to fairly old periods.

Pitane is an ancient settlement located in this district.

Today, works excavated in Pitane are exhibited in Bergama Museum of Archaeology.

Çandarlı Castle built by the famous grand vizier of Murad the Second Çandarlı Halil Pasha attracts the attention of local tourists.

Crater lakes and caves in Merdivenli and Denizköy in the district, and forests reaching Madra Stream are natural values of Dikili.

Famous for its delicious fish Dikili, where high quality olive and olive oils are produced, has the potential to be an important place in terms of gastronomy tourism if it’s utilized.

Boarding houses and boutique hotels are common accommodation facilities in Dikili.

FOÇA

Its area is 228 km2 and its 70 km away from İzmir.

As of the end of 2014 its population is 30.002.

It’s surrounded by Menemen and Çandarlı Gulf.

Foça takes its name from seals.

Foça is associated with seals and windmills.

There are two residential areas in Foça called Eski Foça (Old Foça) and Yeni Foça (New Foça). Historical sources indicate that Yeni Foça got its name from the Genoa Castle that the Genoese established for alum trade.

Ancient City of Phocaea is in Foça's borders.

Also Foça has the theater from the Hellenistic period, the Temple of Athens and its sanctuary, the Port sanctuary that is assumed to belong to Kybele and the Persian Mausolem known as the "Stone House" located in 7 km east of Foça.

Walls from Byzantine, Geno and Ottoman periods, Fatih Mosque (Built in the name of Mehmet the Conqueror) and Şeytan Hamamları (Devil's Bath) are some other touristic attractions in the district.

Most of the caves that are used by seals in Foça are in the islands. Entrance to the caves where seals which reproduce hardly and rarely is prohibited. Therefore, siren rocks that are largely inhabited by seals were declared as a protection site.

There are 4 holiday resorts, 20 hotels, 9 boutique hotels, 5 apart hotels, 5 motels, 31 hostels and 4 camping zones in Foça, making up 3.822 bed capacity.

GAZİEMİR

Its area is 63 km2 and as of 2014 has a population of 130.870.

Gaziemir got its name from Gazi Umur Bey.

International İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, Aegean Free Zone, Space Camp Turkey and İzmir's new fair site "Fuar İzmir" are in the borders of Gaziemir.

Having been established in 337 thousand square meters of land in world standards, Fuar İzmir is considered to be a milestone in the rise of investments on Gaziemir's hotels.

There are four touristic facilities in Gaziemir; two with investment certificate and two with operations certificate, which makes up a total of 268 room capacity.

GÜZELBAHÇE

Its area is 110 km2 and its 24 km away from İzmir.

As of the end of 2014 Güzelbahçe has a population of 28.470.

It neighbors Urla, Seferihisar and Menderes.

Güzelbahçe is a part of one of the twelve Ionian cities Klazomenai (Its center is in Urla).

In the 16th century Kağızman Turks inhabited Güzelbahçe.

In the 18th century due to a plague outbreak people have migrated to Aşağı Çarşı area where they have settled in the past.

Later on, migrants and Christian Greeks have settled there.

In time regular streets and inns had been built in the area called Aşağı Çarşı.

With the rise of the population of Greeks, Yeni Mahalle (today known as Çelebi Mahallesi) had become a second residental area.

In 1893 some of the Muslims that lived in Creta settled in Güzelbahçe as immigrants.

After the population exchange in 1912, the Greek that used to live there left, and Muslims from Creta took their place.

Güzelbahçe's tourism supply is met by beaches, İnkaya Cave, mountain bikes, motocross, ecotourism-oriented mountain walking activities, fish and meat restaurants and breakfast halls.

KARABAĞLAR

Its area is 37 km2 and as of 2014 has a population of 473.741.

It neighbors Gaziemir, Buca, Konak and Balçova.

The name of Karabağlar (Black Vineyards) comes from the black grape vineyards that used to be in Emrez and Aktepe.

Kavacık Mahallesi in Karabağlar which is one of the oldest settlement places of İzmir has a tableland and mountain tourism potential.

Today, the house of the famous writer Reşat Nuri Güntekin who has written the novel Çalıkuşu has been turned into a library. This place attracts especially the local tourists.

KARABURUN 

Its area is 415 km2 and its 100 km away from İzmir.

As of the end of 2014 Karaburun has the population of 9456.

Karaburun is a peninsula.

Hundreds of bird species live in Karaburun including Audouin's gulls.

Seals also live in Karaburun along with Foça.

Karaburun is the second place for monachus monachus (Mediterranean seals) to live and reproduce in after Foça.

There are significant bays in Karaburun.

Some of these bays are Sıcağıbükü, Kumburnu, Çatalkaya, Mordoğan, Ardıç, Kaynakpınar, Boyabağı, Akbük, Eşendere, Saipaltı, Yeniliman, Denizgiren, Eğrililiman, Dikencik and Gerence.

Karaburun is also important in terms of gastronomy tourism as it is important for sea tourism.

Healing herbs, tens of varieties of thymes, sages and especially artichoke grow in Karaburun. 

Daffodils are associated with Karaburun.

Karaburun, the place where Homer called "windy Mimas", is a peninsula where all the winds of the world blow through. With its navy blue sea, richness in iodine and phosporus, 23% oxygen rate, untouched wilderness and cultural heritage it’s a heaven on earth with a high tourism potential.

Some of the places that are worth seeing are: Mordoğan bay, Manal Bay, Mordoğan Pier, Ardıç Bay, Kaynarpınar Pier, Gerence, Karareis, Tuzla, Eğri Pier, Badem Bükü, Hamza Bükü, Kum Bükü, Kuyucak, Dolungaz, Bozköy Altı, Yeni Liman, Bodrum, Olcabük and Esendere Bay.

In Büyük Ada close to Karaburun, there are graves from the Roman period. 

The deserted Sazak Village, which was built with Greek architecture is also in Karaburun. Karaburun's stone houses and windmills are important in terms of tourism.

There are eight sites in Karaburun, 5 of which are natural sites and 3 of which are archaeological sites. These archaeological sites are Büyükada, Ancient Stone Quarries and Castle Ruins.

KARŞIYAKA

Its area is 63.45 km2 and as of 2014 has a population of 325.717.

Karşıyaka is neighbors to Bayraklı, Menemen, Bornova and Çiğli.

Karşıyaka's historical name is Kordelya.

The grave of Zübeyde Hanım, mother of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is in Karşıyaka.

Bostanlı Fine Arts Park Museum of Archaeology is a touristic value of Karşıyaka.

Protected historical mansions in the coast of the district are also worth seeing.

The most important ones among these mansions are: Uşakizade Latife Hanım Mansion which belonged to the Latife Hanım who is the wife of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and where Zübeyde Hanım lived in her last days, Durmuş Yaşar Köykü which was built by Alyottis from İzmir in 1914, Van Der Zee Mansion which was built by the famous friend of the Turks Heinrich Van Der Zee, and Penetti Mansion which was built by the Italian family Armando Penetti and was gifted to Dede Penetti.

KEMALPAŞA

Its area is 658 km².

Its neighbors with Turgutlu, Manisa, Bornova, Torbalı and Bayındır.

It got its name after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk accommodated in the district.

The district is closely associated with cherries.

There are 21 immovable cultural heritages and 27 sites in Kemalpaşa. 19 of these are archaeological, 6 natural and 2 historical.

Cultural heritages in Kemalpaşa are: Ancient Nymhaion Castle, Karabel Monument, Ulucak Mound and Emet Bey Mosque. With its mountains covered with trees, plateaus, picnic areas and historical ruins Kemalpaşa has very rich cultural and natural assets.

Cherry Festivals conducted in Kemalpaşa and Bağyurdu attract the attention of local tourists.

Kemalpaşa is the first and only example of these kind of activities with its Alaş Koumiss Production Farms and Middle Eastern Turkish Cuisine. Kımız Farm is visited by especially the local tourists.

There is one accommodation facility with tourism management certificate. This facility has 116 room and 232 bed capacity.

KINIK

Its area is 426 km2 and its 120 km away from İzmir.

According to the data from 2014, its population is 28.072.

It is neighbors with Bergama and Manisa.

It got its name from Kınık clan of Oghuz Turks.

The district has a history dating back to the Roman periods. The district is thought to have been built on top of the settlement called Gambreion from the first age.

Temple of Sibel in Karadere Forest and other ruins indicate that Kınık has an old history. 

KİRAZ

Its area is 585 km2 and it is 142 km away from İzmir.

As of 2014 it has a population of 49.971.

The name Kiraz comes from Kleos.

Historical artifacts such as Hisar Castle, Kaleköy Walls, Yağlar Castle, Kayacık Hisar Castle, Aydınoğlu Mosque, Suludere Mosque and Baths, Suludere Fountain, Şemsiler and graveyards in Karaburç villages are known to be in Kiraz.

KONAK

Konak's area is 24.384.385 m2. It's neighbors with Buca, Bornova, Karşıyaka, Karabağlar and Balçova.

As of 2014 Konak has 385.843 residents. But in the morning its population is over one million.

Clock Tower is in the Konak Square and is associated with Konak.

It’s a district characterized by its works from the ancient times, Ottoman period, and most of all the Republican period.

As İzmir's center of culture, art and entertainment; Konak is a place highly frequented by local and foreign tourists.

Homeros and Meles River, Kadifekale of Alexander the Great, Rome Agora, the government office that was built in 1872 which is a symbol of not only İzmir's but also Turkey's liberation, İzmir's symbol Clock Tower which was built by Grand Vizier Mehmet Said Paşa for the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamit the Second's reign in 1901, the monument named "İlk Kurşun Anıtı" of journalist Hasan Tahsin who fired the first shot to the Greek Army during the occupation of İzmir and died becoming the symbol of Turkish resistence are all located in Konak.

Konak is both a central and historical district with works dating back to ancient times, Ottoman period and Republican period such as Yalı Mosque, National Library (State Opera and Ballet House), Büyük Kardıçalı Inn, Havra Street, Başdurak Mosque, Kemeraltı, Ali Paşa Square and Şardıvan, Çakaloğlu Inn

Because of its central location and being a center of culture, art, entertainment and media Konak has a large tourism potential that attracts both local and foreign visitors.

Among Smyrna excavations in İzmir's center Agora, Kadifekale and Altınpark excavations still continue.

It's one of the few districts that are identified with its deep-rooted historical places that contains traces of history such as Ferry Port, Yalı Mosque, Ankara Palas, Anafartalar Street entrance, Askeri Kıraathane, National Library and especially the Sarı Kışla. 

Konak is the main entrance of Kemeraltı. The starting point of all local transportation vehicles of İzmir is the Konak Square.

There are 55 accommodation facilities with tourism certificates in Konak. Konak has 3 five-star, 14 four-star, 15 three-star, 11 two-star, 2 private and 10 boutique hotels. These facilities have a total of 3.843 room and 7.745 bed capacities. In addition to that, 10 facilities with investment certificates have a total of 936 room and 1.933 bed capacities. 

Cruise ships visiting Alsancak Port largely accelerate the tourism of the district.

MENDERES

Its area is 775 km2 and its 20 km away from İzmir.

Its neigbors are Torbalı, Seferihisar, Konak, Buca and Selçuk.

Ahmetbeyli-Özdere-Gümüldür have a 43 km coastline.

Bed capacity of operation and investment certified facilities in Menderes is 8.398. There is one thermal facility with 60 bed capacity. Also two five-star hotels serve in the district.

The waterfalls in the Değirmendere regions attracts especially the local tourists. There are nine blue-flag beaches in the district.

Furthermore, Roma hot springs consisting of two rooms carved into a rock in Deliömer, ancient cities of Claros, Lebedos, Notion and Kolophon are considered a part of Menderes' touristic supply. Kasımpaşa Shrine in Menderes also attracts local tourists.

MENEMEN

Its area is 665 km2.

As of the end of 2014 the district's population is 148.662.

It is neighbors to Manisa, Foça, Aegean Sea, Aliağa and Çiğli.

There are no facilities with tourism investment certificates, tourism operation certificates or accommodation certificates in Menemen. There are villages suited for agritourism.

Larissa, Temnos, Lefke, Panaztepe, Neon Nikos, Nionithon, Palaudis and Taşhan are among Menemen's touristic values.

NARLIDERE

Its area is 63 km2 and as of 2014 its population is 64.599.

It is neighbors to Balçova, Güzelbahçe and Konak. And it is surrounded by Çatalkaya and İzmir Gulf.

The coastline of the district is mostly inhabited by high- income families who have summerhouses there.

There is an Olympic pool in Narlıdere. This Olympic pool was built due to 23th Universiade which was held in İzmir.

There is one operation certified thermal facility with 636 bed capacity in Narlıdere.

In addition to thermal, health, culture, religious and ecological tourism potential of the district; restaurants and tea gardens on the coast also serve and attracts local tourists.

ÖDEMİŞ

Its area is 1.086 km2. It is 113 km away from İzmir.

As of 2014 its population is 129.407.

Its protected architecture and the fact that the grave of Imam-ı Birgivi Mehmet Efendi is in Birgi makes Ödemiş an important religious tourism destination. Çakırağa Mansion in Birgi is one of the best examples of old architecture.

Ancient cities of Hypaipa and Neikaia have recently been getting more and more attention with its historical remains. A number of mounds and the remains of Tumulus will be opened to tourists in the future.

Gölcük and Bozdağ are one of the most beautiful gifts of nature given to Ödemiş. 

There are no touristic facilities in Ödemiş. However, some of the municipality certified facilities are considered to be qualified to serve people who participate in touristic activities.

There are 9 municipality certified hotels with 245 room and 475 bed capacities, and 250 restaurants in the district.

There are 5 hostels (Yayla, Irmak, Aktaş, Gölcük, Davilla Hostels) with 94 bed capacities, Döner Otel with 80 bed capacity, and two restaurants in Bozdağ.

Bozdağ Ski Resort is the only ski resort in Aegean Region. It is the only center of winter tourism in the Aegean Region with its 60 bed capacity.

In the Gölcük Street where Gölcük Lake with its great view is located, there are two hotels with 100 bed capacities, 5 restaurants, and summer houses.

Gölcük Lake with an area of 814 acres is 8 km away from Bozdağ and visited especially by local tourists. It is also a camping destination for sports teams. 

SEFERİHİSAR

Its area is 386 km2 and it is 45 km away from İzmir.

One of the most important city states of Ion Civilization, Teos is located in of Seferihisar.

Seferihisar is a member of Cittaslow.

Seferihisar is a sea town that neighbors Menderes, Urla and Güzelbahçe.

Seferihisar has a significant amount of potential in terms of tourism supply.

In the framework of İzmir's EXPO 2015 and 2020 motto "Health for All", Seferihisar stated its aspiration to be a "Town of Health". 

There are roads suitable for cycling and walking in Seferihisar.

Antique baths of Seferihisar; Cumalı Ilıcası, Karakoç Kaplıcası and Kelalan Kaplıcası is active and attracts especially the local tourists.

Seferihisar has a developed sea tourism.

Tourism of Seferhisar is one day trip oriented. The number of local tourists who accommodate in Seferihisar is much lower than foreign tourists. Foreign tourism is conducted under tour connections of coastal facilities.

Airai, Teos, Lebedos and Myonnesos are historical identities of Seferihisar.

  • Lebedos, Myonnesos and Heraklia remains of Teos.
  • Sığacık Castle made by Parlak Mustafa Pasha at the suggestion of Piri Reis.
  • Ağa Mosque, Çarşı Mosque, Hıdırlık Mosque, Turabiye Mosque, Güdük Minare Mosque, and Sığacık Mosque and Madrasa remaining from the Ottoman Period.
  • Herekuyu, Karakuyu, Çınar, Azmak and Eyüboğlu Baths are historical and touristic values of Seferihisar.

95% of Teos is still underground, when all of it is brought to light it is thought that Seferihisar will go through a considerable rise in tourism.

There is a marina in the district. Teos Marina serves in Seferihisar Sığacık with both capacities of 480 on the sea, 80 on land 80 on the canal dock.

Along with using hot springs for health, sports and rest; their usage as mud baths, and for massage and underwater massage, shower etc. should also be taken into consideration and investments on cure centers should be accelerated.

SELÇUK

Its area is 295 km2 and as of 2014 has a population of 35.281.

It is neighbors with Torbalı, Tire, Germencik and Kuşadası.

Its former name "Ayasuluk" was changed to "Selçuk" in 1914.

It’s one of the rare touristic districts with an airport.

House of the Virgin Mary, the largest open-air museum of the world and the ancient city of Ephesus which was included in 2015 UNESCO World Heritage list, one of the seven wonders of the world Temple of Artemis, the church and tomb built in the name of one of the apostles of Jesus St. Jean, Church of Virgin Mary where the council meeting in 431 AD took place, Seven Sleepers Cave, Selçuk Castle, aqueducts, hundreds of magnificent Turkish works of art such as İsa Bey Mosque dating back to the periods of Aydınoğlu Principality, Selçuklu and Ottoman Empire, Keçi Kalesi (Goat Castle) located in Belevi Street, Belevi Mausoleum, Selçuk Ephesus Museum, Çamlık Locomotive Museum, Anadolu Museum of Life, Şirince with its traditional architecture, wine special to the village and foods are tourism potentials of Selçuk that attract local and foreign tourists.

Because Selçuk is located near the coast of Aegean Sea, it's important in terms of sea tourism. Pamucak coast is 11 km long. Pamucak is 8 km away from Selçuk, 6 km away from the ancient city of Ephesus.

TİRE

Its area is 792 km2.

It's 82 km away from İzmir's city center.

According to the 2014 address based census Tire's population is 81.315.

In Tire's north Küçük Menderes Plain, south Aydın and Aydın Mountains, east Ödemiş, and west Selçuk is located.

Prominent historical places in Tire are Ali Baba Monastry, Ali Efe Inn, Ali Han Mescid, Buğday Dede Mescid, Molla Arab Mosque, Tomb of Alamadan Dede, Sır Hatunlar Council, Tomb of Balım Sultan, Tahtalı Baths etc.

Theolos mausoleum, Kayistiros Tombs, Kurt and Doğanciyan Hermitage, Yeni (Mathius) Han and Yoğurtoğlu Complex are among important tourism supplies of Tire.

Tire Market attracts especially the local tourists.

TORBALI

Its area is 603 km2.

It is neighbors with Torbalı, Bayındır, Tire, Menderes, Buca, Kemalpaşa and Selçuk.

It's 45 km away from İzmir's city center.

As of 2014 Torbalı's population is 150.127.

The name of Torbalı is thought to be derived after "Metropolis" which is also called Triyanna or Tripolis.

Ancient city of Metropolis is an important tourism center of Torbalı.

Seyir Köşkü (Mansion) of Sultan Abdul Hamid is an important work from the Ottoman period.

In Metropolis which means "the City of Mother Goddess" a cult cave named "Metter Galeria" dedicated to Mother Goddess has been found in Uyuzdere, the skirts of Gallerion Mountain. Figures of the Mother Goddess, embossed bowls, oil lamps and offerings have been found through excavations.

URLA

Its area is 728 km2. The district is 35 km away from İzmir's city center.

Urla got its name from "Urli" which changed over time.

Being a coast district, Urla has a 75 km long coastline.

Menteş Bay, Malgava and Balıklıova are important tourism centers of Urla and attracts especially the local tourists.

In the Karantina (Quarantine) island where osteopathic hospital is located, there is Klazomenai which is one of the 12 Ionian cities.

There are 15 beaches and 12 islands in Urla.

Karantina, Pita, Koyun, Güvercin, Eşek, Hekim, Kösten (Uzunada), Yılanlı, Pınarlı, Kel, Adacık and Taş islands are the most famous islands.

Urla is rich in terms of thermal resources.

There is a thermal tourism supply in Özbek, Gülbahçe and Malgaca.

Urla is rich in terms of archaeological and historical sites.

There are Ionian, Roman and Byzantine remains in Tavşan Island in the vicinity of Özbek, in the Çarpan Gulf.

Fatih İbrahim Bey Mosque and Baths are also among historical works that are still used today.

Furthermore; Bademler Village Theater and Toy Museum, Karantina (Quarantine) Island and Quarantine Building, Tomb of Samut Baba, underwater excavations, elephant fossil beds, Pier parkway, stone houses, street of antics and art, its cuisine and art, and islands are also among Urla's touristic values.

Anatolia's oldest Olive Oil Workshop which has 2600 years of history is in Urla.