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İZMİR: BORNOVA

bornov1Belhomme Evi, 1860

Old name: Bournabat

The northeastern İzmir suburb of Bornova was once a completely separate settlement joined to the rest of the town by a train. Today it's one of the smartest parts of towns where many of the huge mansions built for the wealthy have been converted to house departments of Ege University and other government offices. Some still retain lovely gardens and immaculate lawns. In many ways it's a little enclave of Western Europe in a sprawling Turkish metropolis.

There are no specific tourist attractions to draw you here but you may still enjoy strolling around for an hour or so admiring the grand houses and taking a quick look at the Anglican Church (usually kept locked).

Atatürk visited the fine Macropodere Evi in 1934.

Eating and drinking

One of the nicest places to go for a drink is Kafe Pi which is housed in an old Levantine house draped with wisteria in spring. There's lots of space inside and out. The menu mainly features the sort on international dishes popular with studenty types.

The old Bornova station on the far side of the bus stops outside the Metro station is shaping up to offer a chance of cafes too. Tren is already open offering a not dissimilar range of dishes. The railway branding extends to the toilets which are designed to look like carriages.

Sleeping

Hotel Villa Levante. Tel: 0232-343 1888

muratMurat Evi, 1880. Restored 2001.

Transport info

It's easy to get to Bornova from the centre of İzmir by Metro from Basmane or Konak

Bus no 505 runs from Bornova to the Otogar. 

 bornov3Pandespanian Evi (Yeşil Köşk), 1880s

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