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Kadifekale, Izmir

Product availability in this area may be impacted by the recent earthquake. Please contact your local travel authority for updates and guidance prior to booking.

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Cuidado con los vendedores ambulantes que frecuentan el castillo.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kadifekale is an ideal spot for archaeology and history buffs.
  • Visit Kadifekale during the day, and not alone, as there have been safety concerns about the neighborhood in general.
  • The site is free to enter.
  • Expect little to no information on-site.
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How to Get There

Kadifekale is located at the top of Mount Kadifekale on Laleli Mahallesi in Izmir, just east of the city’s Konak district. Expect about ten minutes in a car from the center of town.

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When to Get There

While Kadifekale is open all day, year-round, go during the morning since travelers say the neighborhood feels less than safe at night. Come to Izmir from June to August when the weather is pleasant and the rains are infrequent. While it does get hot during the day, at night you are rewarded with cool sea breezes. Late May/early June, come for the prestigious International Izmir Festival.

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Ancient Smyrna

When Alexander the Great conquered the ancient city of Smyrna (now Izmir), he relocated it atop Mt Pagos (now Kadifekale). Inside the castle’s fortified walls were beautiful buildings, a glittering city that poets related to the goddess Cybele, the Great Mother of the Gods and Protector of the City, who possessed the sea at her feet and a crown in the shape of a building.

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