if you go
GETTING THERE

Turkish Airlines offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Izmir, Turkey.

WHERE TO STAY

Wyndham Izmir Ozdilek

Inciralti Street No. 67, Balcova

011-90-232-292-13-00

www.wyndham.com

A good five-minute drive from the city center, but many of its 219 rooms have panoramic views of the water. Rooms from $100.

Key Hotel Izmir

Architect Kemalettin Street No. 1, Konak

011-90-232-482-11-11

www.keyhotel.com

In the heart of the city, close to Izmir’s biggest bazaar and the upscale shopping center Konak Pier. Rooms from $171.

WHERE TO EAT

Sakiz

Martyr Nevresbey Boulevard 9, Alsancak

011-90-232-464-11-03

www.sakizalsancak.com

Scrumptious seafood, live traditional folk music, unpretentious and perfect. Entrees start at $18.

Sir Winston Tea House

Dr. Mustafa Bey Enver Caddesi 20

011-90-232-421-88-61

Pop in on a cold day for dozens of varieties of tea, coffee, salads, pasta and sandwiches. Entrees start at $15.

WHAT TO DO

Pamukkale

A three-hour-plus drive from Izmir, but well worth it for the moonscape of travertine cliffs. Open dawn to dusk. $9 admission fee.

Temple of Athena

Top of the hill in Behramkale village

011-90-286-217-67-40

The temple is the pinnacle of the charming twin villages of Behramkale and Assos. 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., $3.50.

INFORMATION

www.goturkey.com

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