The ancient city of Izmir has been a place of historical and cultural significance over the last 5,000 years. Nestled in the corner of the Aegean Sea, remote workers come to enjoy coliving spaces and a different kind of city life.
One of the seven wonders, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is easily both the city’s and country’s most famous landmark. There are many other ancient cities to explore in the surrounding area. There are some delightful beaches and the calm waters are a great opportunity for those who want to try surfing.
The climate in Izmir is nice - winters are wet and mild, with temperatures in the mid-50s while summers are hot and very dry, reaching the high 90s.
When leaving their coliving space, digital nomads can enjoy walking around the city so they can see all the sights. In the summer an affordable taxi is preferable to avoid the sometimes unbearable heat.
Eating around Izmir is as enjoyable as the rest of the country. Along with grilled fish, octopus, and meat, there is much to taste. Gozleme is a great comfort food and a must-try in town - it’s made from grilled sheets of dough and stuffed with anything you could dream of - there are hundreds of versions to try!
Here are some fun facts about Izmir:
- Nearly 2 million tourists visit the country every year
- It is the second fastest-growing metropole in the world
- After being captured around 600 BC, it ceased to exist as a city for nearly 300 years until Alexander The Great or one of his lieutenants refounded it
- Homer, author of the Odyssey is said to have been born here
- The city saw rapid growth after WWII following the opening of a NATO headquarters there
- The Virgin Mary is said to have spent her last days in Ephesus
- Some believe that Noah’s Ark washed up in Turkey