This is the most liberal, relaxed and joyous city in Turkey. Izmir is populated by people ever since they've appeared on the Anatolian plateau. If you are interested in a more specific information, then you should know the first Greek city was built on the site of today's Izmir three thousand years ago. It became famous throughout Hellas - and indeed the whole world - for its the most famous native. He was the blind singer, named Homer, who, in fact, became the father of the whole European literature. Of course, Izmir is too rich in history and monuments to name only Homer among its prominent citizens. We can read about Izmir in the Acts of the Apostles - the holy book describes the community life of the city - and the city is in the heart of the medieval history of Byzantium. Here John the Evangelist who wrote the Apocalypse was born... After Izmir became a part of the Ottoman Empire, the city prospered and became even richer and more famous. This port of amazing beauty, surrounded by coves and bays, is a true stunning spectacle. The coastline of Izmir is one of the most beautiful in Turkey (which in turn is a true champion among all Mediterranean countries in this respect). Monuments of the Hittite, Roman, Crusader Kingdom, which existed here for decades, Byzantium and Ottoman Empire - with all this, Izmir has long been one of the centers of sightseeing tourism in Turkey. Besides the history of the city, it attracts with its beautiful climate - truly Mediterranean - and great shopping opportunities.