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Perched on the Aegean Sea, Izmir is Turkey’s laid-back city and the major urban center on the Aegean coast. Settlement in Izmir stretches back thousands of years, and layers of its history are visible in the streets where modern architecture coexists with ancient ruins. Its rich culinary and dining culture includes the many fish and meze restaurants (meyhane) that fill up nightly.

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