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Izmir which locates at the coastal side of Aegean Sea and western side of Anatolia Peninsula lies through the gulf which is also called as Izmir. Izmir which is the third biggest city of Turkey with its 12 thousand square kilometers of surface and which is the second important port of country is one of the oldest centres of population of the Mediterranean basin.
Recent archeologic studies revealed that history of city goes back to year of B.C. 6500. The city experiences periods of Amazon, Luwian, Leleg, Ionia, Lydia, Persian, Helen, Roman, Emevi, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman for 8500 years. Izmir which conserves coastal town identity from the start of inhabiting has been meeting point for people from different cultures, languages and religions at the every period of history. This historical inheritance can be watched by tens of ancient cities and structures such as Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, Pergamon and Theos.
Kemeralti which is the oldest living bazaar of the world with its 600 years of history is the most lively bazaar where every kind of requirement is met at the heart of Izmir. The city has a very lively social life with its recreation areas, parks, culture-art and sports centers, sea tourism and thermal tourism facilities.
The coastline of which lenght is 40 kilometers and which locates at the center of Izmir is always colorful and vivacious. Rent a bicycle system is also served at the bicycle road which lies through the coast line. It is possible to reach easiliy to coastal towns which have distances between 50 and 100 kilometers to the city centre by public service vehicles in addition to bicycle. 190 kilometers of Ephesus-Mimas Bicycle Road which has 773 kilometers lenght in total and which is determined between Cesme port and Seljuk Artemis Temple is in accordance with EuroVelo (European Bicycle Network) standards. All kind information about 15 bicycle tracks in this line can be accessed through mobile applications and web site.
There are various transportation possibilities to Izmir which is the nearest city of Turkey to the Europe via airway, seaway and highway. Public transportation within gulf city Izmir is easy; ferry and rail systems are active.