kordon1Hard though it may be to believe it but one of the highlights of your trip to Turkey could actually turn out to be a fish supper eaten in one of the many restaurants that line the Kordon in İzmir, the landscaped promenade that skirts the Bay of İzmir and is perfectly poised to scoop some superlative sunsets. Kordonboyu Balık Pişiricısı is one of the best if you can manage to land a table there.

Once upon a time this part of İzmir was lined with the imposing stone hotels, shops, cinemas, cafes and clubs of old Smyrna that caused the city to be called "the Pearl of the Levant". Almost all of them were lost of the fire of 1922. Only a handful of old houses including the old French, German and Greek Consulates survive as well as a house that now serves as an Atatürk Museum. The old French Consulate now houses the Arkas Sanat Galerisi with changing exhibitions of art and craftwork. 

At the northern Alsancak end of the Kordon huge concrete struts that were intended to carry a flyover along the waterfront stand as a memorial to man's stupidity. 

The landscaped part of the Kordon runs out at Cumhuriyet Meydanı, a large empty space dominated by an equestrian statue of Atatürk on the site of the lost Grand Kraemer Hotel. Around it are grouped some of the city's finest modern hotels. 

The Kordon extends as far south as Konak where a pier designed by Gustave Eifel now houses and small shopping and restaurant complex.


Hotel Kilim. Tel: 0232-484 5340

İzmir Hilton. Tel: 0232-497 6060

Mövenpick Hotel. Tel: 0232-488 1414

Swissotel Büyük Efes. Tel: 0232-414 0000


Transport info

The Kordon is within easy walking distance of Alsancak, Basmane and most central districts. Phaetons wait to carry visitors along it to Cumhuriyet Meydanı and Konak. 

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