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İZMİR: BASMANE

basman1Basmane is the heart of the tourist experience for many İzmir visitors. Its centrepiece is the grand Basmane station which is served not just by main-line trains but also by the Metro and İzban which makes getting around very easy. The station is within five minutes' walk of hotels to suit all budgets, from the flophouses of Oteller Sokak to the smarter offerings of Fevzi Paşa Bulvarı.

Visitors to Basmane should certainly take a turn along picturesque old Anafartalar Caddesi, a road that loops round the bazaar from Konak before tripping its way east towards Basmane Station.

The bazaar is full of cruise passengers checking out the bargains but you may well have Anafartalar and Basmane to yourself. Here once grand houses are now stuffed with ultra-cheap hotels for long-stay residents down on their luck while cafes with two or three tables rub shoulders with greengrocers and hardware shops.basman2

On one corner stands the densely carved Dönertaş Sebili, one of the most impressive public water dispensaries to be seen outside İstanbul; in another the ruins of Romano-Byzantine villas that appear to have been destroyed during seventh-century Arab incursions are still being uncovered.

The remains of the Roman Agora, with an impressive water distribution system, lie just off Anafartalar Caddesi although perversely they cannot be entered from that side.

The southern end of Anafartalar where it starts to run through the Kemeraltı bazaar was once the Jewish quarter, with a number of old synagogues, especially on Havra Sokağı (Synagogue St). Most are in an appalling state of dereliction.

Sleeping

Antikhan Hotel

Baylan Hotel

Transport info

The station at Basmane is linked to the Metro and the İzban. There are also main-line train stations to places like Tire and Selçuk.

Bus no 302 runs from Basmane to the Otogar. Catch it on Gaziler Caddesi that runs beside the station; the stop is on the opposite side of the road. 

Nearby areas

İzmir: Konak

İzmir: Çankaya

 

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