Konak Square

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Public squares sometimes referred to as the city's heart, are typically bustling with activity and colorful individuals. Observe the activity at Konak Square and search for hints of its lengthy past. It's a terrific spot for unwinding, people-watching, and sunset viewing.

Along with the Izmir Museum of Arts & Sculpture, the neighborhood is home to various other intriguing structures and monuments.

Things to do at Konak Square:

  • Recognize the place for its landmarks:

It's a popular area day or night near the Kordonboyu beachfront and just next to the Kemeralti Market.

The little yet lovely clock tower serves as the area's focal point.

It was built in 1901 and is most likely Izmir's most recognizable monument. The Square, which Gustave Eiffel designed, is home to governmental structures, businesses, eateries, and cafés.

  • Deep dive into the history of the city:

Since Konak is Izmir's central location, the plaza is the city's busiest area.

The Vali Konak (Governor's Mansion) of the Province of Zmir is where the Square gets its name (konak means mansion in Turkish.)

  • Visit the holy site for spirituality and more:

Konak Mosque, also known as Yal Mosque, is a mosque in the Turkish city of Izmir. Its unusual octagonal shape and ornate tilework have earned it recognition as a municipal icon despite its tiny size. Visit the Yali Mosque and the fascinating clock tower before strolling across to the Museum of Modern Art to view avant-garde works by well-known painters over time.

  • Get fascinated by the picturesque shoreline:

A popular destination to catch a boat for breathtaking views of the coast and Izmir is the Konak Pier, located at the Square's eastern end overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Appreciate the art and architecture of the place: The Ege University Cultural Center, which houses an opera theatre, a museum of modern art, and a music academy, is located at the southern end of the Square.

Visit it in the evening to enjoy the Opera House's incredible performance.

  • Stroll around in the alleys of traditional markets:

Izmir's pedestrian zone is a stunning area!

There are shops everywhere, a lot of people, and a lot of flavors and scents. Take a stroll down to the bazaar from the plaza; after you pass through the impressive entryway, you'll be in a shoppers' paradise. The old market section of Izmir, Kemeralti, with its numerous shops, mosques, and synagogues, is close by. Enjoy bargaining for a reasonable deal at the enormous array of booths selling anything from handcrafted trinkets and souvenirs to traditional Turkish food and clothing.

  • Eat as the Turkish do: 

The Aegean Sea is very close by; therefore, many great fish are available. Take advantage of the numerous fantastic eateries, both informal and upmarket, if you enjoy seafood like fish, octopus, mussels, and shrimp. Fresh fish and various varieties of seafood are served at the city's meyhanes (restaurants that sell alcohol, especially the famed raki), along with meze (small dishes both hot and cold).

More formal sit-down meat-focused restaurants, such as Alsancak and Bostanli, to mention a couple, serve premium meat cuts along with complimentary fruit and tea. This is a wonderful place to go for sweet delicacies if you want to sample a variety of mouthwatering lokum (Turkish pleasures).

After that, head to the waterfront for a much-needed beverage and snack.

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Address of Konak Square

Izmir Turkey

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  • Monday
    Open 24 Hours
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  • Wednesday
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  • Thursday
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  • Friday
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  • Sunday
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