Mobile in Izmir: car trip between the ancient and modern
Izmir on the Aegean coast is the third largest city in Turkey. The Adnan-Menderes-Airport is located about 18 kilometres south of the city and is served by many European airlines. At TUI Cars you can book your hire car before you travel, and then pick it up at the car rental firm of your choice in Izmir without any waiting. Are you planning to go on exploratory trips on rough terrain? Then you should think about hiring an all-wheel drive vehicle. For driving around the downtown area, on the other hand, a practical, compact urban car is best, whereas for tours along the coast the best choice is a cabriolet. Today, Izmir is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a long and fascinating history. Not all historical sites lie directly in the city, which is why hiring a car is a good idea. Car ferries serve the port of Izmir. Traffic is busy in Izmir; so to avoid the city traffic you can take the Otoyol 30 motorway aka Otoyol Beltway.
Izmir: holidays between ancient sites, bazaar and modern shopping precincts
Start your tour of the city in the port of Izmir. You should stop and park your hire car at the old clock tower, built around 1901 by Sultan Abdulhamid II. Continue to Agora with its impressive ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, when the city was called Smyrna. In the local open-air museum you can find out about the history of the place and get a glimpse of life in ancient times. If you like to shop, you will find a rich selection of hand-knotted carpets and handcrafts at the most beautiful bazaar in Turkey: Kemeralti Bazaar. The Bornova Shopping Center with its ample parking facilities lies some seven kilometres outside the city centre. Fancy a dip in some cool water? You can quickly drive to the seaside resorts of Cesme and Kusadasi near Izmir in your hire car.
Travel safely with TUI Cars
Did your hire car get dented or break down? No problem. At TUI Cars the price already includes an all-round care-free insurance package with fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver. There is nothing to stop you carrying on your car trip. After all, there are many important historical sites to be visited near Izmir. About 100 kilometres to the north you reach Pergamon, where you can visit the ruins of the ancient acropolis that towers high above the city. Tourists are drawn to the Sanctuary of Trajan, which was built from white marble and finished in the 2 century AD. If you leave Izmir by car in a southerly direction, after about 75 kilometres you will reach Ephesus, the most visited city ruins in the world.