Izmir is said to have derived its name from Smyrna, the beautiful queen of the Amazons, the legendary female warriors.
The city of Izmir is situated on the western coast of Turkey with a population of four million. It is a major port, a centre of tourism, industry, commerce and agriculture. Izmir is within easy reach of most European and Turkish cities by means of excellent transport facilities including airport, railway and port.
The city is one of the oldest settlements of the Aegean coastline with its history dating back to the first half of the third millennium BC. It has been inhabited by numerous civilisations such as Hitties, Ionians, Lydians, Romans and early Christians among others.
Today Izmir offers a variety of historical attractions including the Roman Agora, Ottoman mosques, the Agamemnon thermal springs, and the Archaeological Museum. Major historical sites such as Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Teos, Miletus, Didyma and Aphrodisias are within a few hours’ drive to Izmir.
The Izmir International Fair, other national/international professional fairs, free trade zone and the prestigious technoparks make Izmir a bustling commercial centre.
Aegean cuisine, dominated by olive oil, offers a variety of Ottoman and Mediterranean dishes reflecting the cultural diversity of Izmir.