Located on Turkey’s west coast, Izmir is Turkey’s third largest port and, with a recorded history of over 4000 years, has a vast and captivating cultural legacy. The city also has a wonderfully liberal, laid-back reputation – in no small part a spin-off of the many contemporary arts and music festivals hosted here each year. At Izmir’s heart lies its historical centre, the ancient district of Konak, where you can indulge in premium retail therapy at the bargain-rich Kemeralti Market. The delightful marina promenade is the perfect place to enjoy spectacular sunset views and delicious cuisine at one of the many restaurants and bars. There are both calm waters, ideal for training in watersports, as well as rougher coastal waters to challenge more advanced surfers. Make sure to visit the Balcova Springs, just ten kilometres west of the city.