Most people who visit our beautiful town of Kusadasi have never really travelled beyond the cities limits unless it was with a planned excursion. I came as a tourist for many years and the only experience of Izmir I had was at the airport.
Having made friends in Kusadasi who lived in Izmir and who where always asking me to visit – I always declined as I was nervous of making the journey on my own. However, I bit the bullet and decided to visit after being given instructions on how to get there and where we would meet. It turned out to be a really simple journey and I thought that this month I would like to share with our readers as to how easy visiting Izmir really was.
Kusadasi Otogar is easy to get to (ask anyone) and the coach to Izmir runs literally every hour. The price is approximately 35TL return and once you get on the coach you will be pleasantly surprised by the experience. A steward in a suit and bow-tie will offer you water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits and cakes; which is included in the price. You have a monitor in front of you where you can listen to the radio, watch television or films and you can also use the company’s free wifi.
One hour later you arrive at Izmir’s main bus station. Do not be put off by the hustle and bustle, when you exit the bus, ask where you get the service bus into the city and you will be given directions. This is also included in your ticket price.
Enjoy the 15 min trip, and your bus will drop you off at the Başmane. From here you are only a few minutes’ walk from Izmir’s main Bazaar, Kemeralti. You should just surrender to this area; wander aimlessly, get hopelessly lost, browse the stalls and breathe in the atmosphere – Kemeralti is a different world compared to the streets of Alsancak. While Alsancak makes sure it is the epitome of modern, secular Turkey, Kemeralti is where you come to view the evidence of Anatolia’s century’s old trading traditions.
Explore further, you are not far from the sea and from Konak Square where you can get the ferry across to the popular Karsiyaka region of the city which is a shopper’s paradise. There are many other places to visit in Izmir and after being here once, I am in no doubt that you will return.
Source: Ege Eye