Izmir is a major port and Turkey's 3rd most populous city - following Istanbul and Ankara (country's capital). The city has a metro area of approx 7340 km2 (2834 ml2) and population around 2,9 million.
Izmir port is located on a sheltered gulf of Aegean Sea (eastern Mediterranean) and surrounded by mountains on all sides. This busy modern industrial and commercial city has tree lined central boulevards. The port is also used as the gateway to Turkey's ancient sites Ephesus (among the world's largest religious and archaeological sites) and Sardis (ancient city of Asia Minor).
The city has an Archaelogical Museum with an unique collection of finds from the area. The city bazaar is second only to Istanbul's. Outside the city cruise ship tourists can visit Cesme Peninsula featuring picturesque villages and beautiful beaches. The Kucuk Menderes River valley features some lovely old towns.
The city (as Smyrna) was established in the 11th century BC. It was seized by the Ionians before 688 BC. In the 7th century BC, the city was devastated by the Lydians, in the 4th century BC restored by the Macedonians and later conquered by the Romans. The city was part of the Byzantine Empire during the 4th century AD, and in the period 11th-14th centuries was ruled alternately by the Turks and Byzantines. In 1415 it became part of the Ottoman Empire. After WW1 (1914-1918) the Greeks claimed Izmir, but in 1922 they were driven out by the Turkish forces.
The city boasts a busy schedule of exhibitions, congresses and trade fairs. izmir's local festival and the fair are held in the compound of the huge inner city park (Kulturpark) during September's first days. The International Izmir Festival (mid-June until mid-July) is held annually since 1987. During the festival, world-class performers (orchestras, soloists, dance companies, musical groups) give live concerts and recitals at various venues in the city and its surrounding areas, such as the ancient theatres at Ephesus and Metropolis (close to Torbalı).
The Izmir cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Izmir, Turkey.
If you lose the Izmir location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.