Despite its legendary historical significance, the third-largest city in Turkey is proudly enlightened and profoundly cultivated. Garlanded by its eponymous azure-hued bay and vibrant seafront promenade that’s still as appealing as it once was when this ancient Aegean city was a Greek port, Izmir has been the home of Greeks, Armenians, Jews, and Turks through the centuries. It is precisely this vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity throughout the ages that have given the city its unique place in the world. Along with the rich and delicious multicultural cuisine, other compelling features include fascinating history museums, vibrantly diverse collections of art, and impressive bazaars. Exotic and sumptuously elegant, this picturesque city is steeped in history, yet rooted in modernity.