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Turkey is quite a popular holiday destination for the British due to its beautifully clear waters and warm climate. I stayed just outside Izmir for two weeks and I have to say that I have no intention of returning there again. Don't get me wrong - many people go there and find it a most beautiful place for a holiday and indeed you may love it. Well let me tell you why it was not for me. I actually went out there after being invited by a friend of mine, who is Turkish. Most of the holiday was spent by the beach which is perfect for me because I like to relax in the sun when I'm on holiday - for me there is nothing better. The sea is gorgeous...so clear that when we went out to deep waters you could still see straight to the bottom. I can't stand waters where they are full of rocks and seaweed so the sea around this part of Turkey I can tell you is perfect. It is relatively cheap to eat out over there, compared with prices over here, and ofcourse you can buy cheap clothes too over there too. The downside of Izmir is the fact that there really isn't much else to do apart from go to the sea. The people there are not over-friendly. In fact if you are a young lady and intend to travel to this place, let me warn you to be very careful. The men are really not the kind to be trusted - I found them to be very offensive and they do have a habit of treating women as objects of their desire, whether you want it or not. This happened on more than one occasion so it was not a case of just one rotten apple! Also the police over there hassle young people in cars, so if you are out and about in a group in a rented car remember to take your passport - they require you to show ID on request. This is something I didn't like very much....not a very relaxing atmosphere. All in all I found it slightly below average in comparison to other places I have visited, and to be honest I have no real intention of returning.
"Formerly Smyrna, city and seaport in western Turkey, capital of Izmir Province, at the head of the Gulf of Izmir. İzmir (Ottoman Turkish: إزمير İzmir, Greek: Σμύρνη Smýrnē, Armenian: Իզմիր "Izmir", Italian: Smirne, Ladino: Izmir, without the Turkish dotted I) is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country's largest port after İstanbul. It is located in the Gulf of İzmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the capital of İzmir Province. The city of İzmir is composed of 9 metropolitan districts. These are Balçova, Bornova, Buca, Çiğli, Gaziemir, Güzelbahçe, Karşıyaka, Konak and Narlıdere. Each district, and often also the neighborhoods within, possesses distinct features and a particular temperament (for detailed information, see the articles on these districts). The 2000 population of this urban zone was 2,409,000 and the 2005 estimate is 3,500,000. Izmir is one of the chief seaports of Turkey and is served by several railroads. It is also a commercial and industrial center."