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Colors of Izmir - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Izmir, Turkey Izmir is the city that, according to a legend, was the birthplace of famous ancient Greek writer Homer. Nowadays, this city is an amazing example of mixing modern trends and centuries-old traditions. Izmir has always been a multinational city because it was located on a crossing of important trade routes. Naturally, this has made an impact on the national character of local people. Locals are hospitable and ready to help in a minute of need. Politeness, good nature, patience – these are typical qualities here. Of course, tourists will be treated this way only if they do not break local laws. That is correct about every country, and Turkey is no exception.
Unlike many popular resorts in Turkey, which offer travelers beach rest only, Izmir is characterized by numerous theme parks and beautiful gardens. Fans of shopping will simply not find a … Open
For some travelers, local people may look somewhat slow, but that is only an impression. Locals are not slow but relaxed because of their positive approach to life. They do not like to hurry when there is no particular need to hurry. Of course, they will not be late for an important meeting, but the way they prepare for that meeting may look somewhat slow. At the same time, locals can sometimes be a bit irresponsible. Sometimes they may not keep their word (even though they will try to do that), but that happens only because locals honestly believe they can fulfill the promise.
For indigenous people, such words as “family” and “friendship” are not mere sounds but main treasures in their lives. Residents of Izmir also have a wonderful sense of humor. Several words and phrases in Turkish said by foreigners will surely make local people pleased. At the same time, almost everyone in Izmir speaks English, and there is nothing strange in that fact. Izmir is a popular resort destination so there are always many foreigners here. Also, keep in mind that refusal to an invitation of a local to visit his or her house is a sign of offense. Tourists shouldn’t do that. Copyright
1. A large part of beaches of the resort are municipal. Only some of them belong to hotels. Entrance to public beach is free, and the rental of beach equipment will cost you a small amount … Open
Even local cuisine is quite multinational – it perfectly combines Greek, Cretan, and Turkish traditions. Fish, shellfish, and greens are the main products here. During your vacation in Izmir, consider trying such dishes as İnegöl köfte (patty cakes made of minced meat with sesame seeds), Çiporta (stewed zucchini with beans and chicory), lamb meat cutlets with pepper and tomato sauce, pie with poppy seeds, shrimps with mushrooms, baklava, and locum. Among alcoholic drinks, travelers may be interested in trying Raki (anise vodka), locally brewed beer, and wine.
Ancient Smyrna (antique name of Izmir) attracts numerous tourists with festivals that are not rare in the city. For example, fans of jazz prefer to meet in March because this is the time for Izmir European Jazz Festival that traditionally takes place in Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi. Popular jazz- and bluesmen from Western Europe arrive in Izmir to entertain everyone who wants to listen to quality music, watch films and artistic performances, and participate in master-classes. This festival has an incredibly friendly atmosphere that never ceases to attract new guests.
During the month of June and several days of July, all vacationers have an opportunity to visit such a popular event as the International Izmir Festival. This is one of the largest events in the region that always brings together many popular musicians. It is an honor for many of them to become a participant of the festival because the event is internationally famous. During the International Izmir Festival, it is possible to listen to all music genres from opera to hard rock. Visitors can also watch theatre performances. The festival takes place in concert halls, theatres, and cultural venues of the city. As the number of concerts and shows is really big, don’t forget to check the schedule in order not to miss anything interesting.
IZMIR BAY TURKEY In the middle of March, Manisa, a town located not far from the motherland of Homer, hosts one more interesting festival called Mesir Macunu. The date of this festival is connected with the Islamic holiday of Nowruz. Mesir Macunu is one of the best events to get acquainted with the local culture and see the traditions of cooking the healing sweet paste (according to a legend, this paste cured mother of Suleiman the Magnificent from a deadly disease). Of course, the event is impossible to imagine without dancing shows, music concerts, and a procession of people wearing historical costumes. In order to become “lucky”, it is recommended to stand closer to Muradiye Mosque and catch Mesir that is believed to have healing properties.
İzmir is famous for its colorful markets and trading centers. Lovers of shopping will definitely not feel bored here. In the northern part of Izmir, is found a miniature market of Societe … Open
As Turkey is a Muslim country, all Islamic holidays are honored and widely celebrated. Among the most important holidays, it is important to mention the Holy Month of Ramadan, its final called Eid al-Fitr (also known as Seker Bayrami), and Eid al-Adha. Ramadan is, actually, not the best time for entertainment. All Muslim people fast during this month, and many entertainment venues can even be closed for Ramadan. The last day of the holy month is the time to visit the cemetery in order to honor the deceased ancestors. Other religious holidays are merrier and are often celebrated in public or together with family members.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Izmir
♥   St. John’s Cathedral, Izmir, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Meryem Ana Evi, Bülbüldağı, 58.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Survived castles around Izmir
♥   Castle 'Castle of Mytilene' Mytilene, 92.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Izmir

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