Kadifekale
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This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and city in the 4th century BC. Roman and Byzantine engravings can still be seen on the remaining walls.
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OCD American 🇺🇸
United States136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A great historic fortress and castle with a green courtyard and lots of paths to walk around. The view from the top of the castle walls is amazing. The entrance is free and we enjoyed walking in the green ancient tree and grassy area. The courtyard cafe is very cheap and we enjoyed the afternoon in this historic spot.
Written 14 August 2023
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Maryam
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Alexander defensive castle
in the beautiful ancient city named Smyrna ( izmir ) … mostly recommended not getting there by walk… the complex route is unsafe and so exhausting…. We used google map to navigation… unfortunately we had not any other option and been disguided by, but as we got there we found there was a bus station ( num 33) from Konak station directly take you to there… and also found that the izmir # archeological and cultural museum on the returning way to Konak metro station , you could have 2 visit in one trip 😉 so get konak metro station then take the bus num 33 to kadifekale , on the way back by the same num 33 bus , put off at the museum station …it’s a little colder than the city center… hope you have a excellent historical visit
Written 19 April 2023
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium13,378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Cool historic fortress, high on the hill, overlooking the city of Izmir, the views from here are truly breathtaking... and the entrance is free!
Written 20 October 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Visiting the Kadifekale fortress is pretty much off the beaten track for an ordinary Izmir visitor. It's not in the prime tourist area, but right because of that you'll be rewarded with some great local experience if you decide to visit.
The fortress, better say the remains of it, is on top of the hill among big local neighborhoods. It's very interesting to walk up through that area seeing ordinary local life (felt safe all the way).
The fortress dates back to 3cBC built by ancient Greeks and used later by their successors - Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. What you see today is pretty much neglected, which is a pity. Entry is free.
However, unlike the fortress, the views are great. Looking towards downtown you can see the whole Izmir bay, while turning around inland you capture huge poorer neighborhoods looking like south America's favelas. When looking at that side you'll spot a huge Ataturk portrait carved in mountain rock above the highway which is very impressive (read that review).
Written 20 October 2020
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Kashkin
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very nice place to walk, with great view to city. Not too many people or restrictions gives you opportunity to be relaxed
you can also see carpet makers inside.
Written 17 February 2020
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squirrelflies
Singapore, Singapore229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Took the public bus 33 all the way to the last stop. Thereafter, we had to walk up many flights of stairs through the neighbourhood, or you can choose a steep slope to get there. Walking through the neighbourhood was interesting but it does look ghetto so just keep a look out of your surroundings.

When we got to Kadifekale, it looks like just another park and was disappointed. However, things got better when you are able to get atop the castle walls and walk across it. Beautiful view of Izmir and glorious acorns you can appreciate on the trees. The park could do better with more storyboards but otherwise its nice to have a stroll or a picnic. Thereafter, you could take bus 35 at another bus stop to get to Konak Square.
Written 31 January 2020
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Mohit
Noida, India337 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Go there only if you have a lot of spare time in hand. I actually wanted to visit the museums but there was restoration work going on in the museums at Konak square in December 2019 so I decided to go to Kadifekale instead. Although there were a lot of mixed reviews but since there was a direct bus from Konak bus station to Kadifekale I decided to go there.

That's probably one of the best things, that you get a bus which will drop you right at the entrance of the fortress. There is no entrance fees as it is just a small settlement surrounded by walls. You can also take your vehicle inside. The interior is, unfortunately, not that great. It seems this was not supposed to be a "tourist destination" in the first place but started coming here and gave it reviews and it became one. There is absolutely no maintenance here. There are some signs telling you a little history about the place but they are minimal. There is trash everywhere and in the evening locals come here with there stoves and cook food. So there is too much smoke.

There are side towers and you can climb both of them although you can get the uninterrupted view of Izmir city only from the left tower. Once again, once you go up you will see a lot of empty plastic bags and bottles everywhere. There are also some local vendors selling souvenirs inside the fortress just below the left tower.

There is also a huge flag hoisted here which is probably the biggest Turkish flag hoisted in entire Izmir. Overall you can spend half an hour here walking through the interior and checking out the views of the city from up the tower. Then catch the same bus back to Konak.
Written 11 January 2020
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IftekharA-Sep2016
1,555 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Built in the 3rd Century BC, this Castle was built to protect the city. There is not much inside but the view of the city was nice.
Written 28 November 2019
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It's a nice excursion. The so-called "castle" is actually a "fortress", meaning an empty area surrounded by fortified walls. It is on the top of the hill called Pagos, which dominates the city: the hill is higher than one would expect from the bottom, and I imagine that its altitude is about 300 meters. From the fortress there are tremendous views of the city (which is right below), to the bay of Izmir and to the surrounding mountains, and the visit to this place is amply justified by the exceptional panorama that can be enjoyed.

The fortress was built around 3 centuries BC, during the Hellenistic period, probably by Lysimachos, the successor of Alexander the Great. The fortress was then used by the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans, who partly renovated the walls. The ramparts are still intact and they look really impressive. The interior is very large, about 600 by 200 metres, but now it is empty, except for the ruins of a former cistern.

On the side of the hill sloping towards the city there is the Kadifekale district, where slums, disused buildings and patches of land covered with rubble can be seen. The area appears rather unsafe, especially at night, and in my opinion it is not advisable to reach or leave the fortress on foot or wander around. A taxi from centre to the castle costs between 2 and 4 €, depending on the starting point (November 2019). There is also bus no. 33 which takes you there from the Konak metro station. Access is free. The visit takes less than an hour, just long enough to walk along the perimeter walls and take a look at the panorama. Inside the fortress there are some stalls selling ethnic clothes, carpets and similar things. There is a taxi rank at the fortress.
Written 20 November 2019
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Türkiye6,528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
This castle was actually a walled city with a town inside but only the walls remain now. Inside, it is a park with a Cistern and on some days, there is a local market, mostly women selling rugs, bags, clothes etc. The view from the top is like looking at a map of Izmir. The neighborhood may not be nice but now they are modernizing the place, demolishing the old houses. We came by car, so we had no problems but taking a taxi would be a good idea when I look at the reviews of those who walked up.
Written 27 September 2019
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