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Address: Izmir, Turkey
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This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and...

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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mostly ruins but spectacular views

it's well worth making the hike up to kadifekale as not only do you get to walk through some interesting neighbourhoods, but the views over the city and bay once you get there are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The view is not that great, but I guess it is a good spot to take pictures of the Atatürk sculpture, if the sky is clear. However the "castle" was very disappointing. It is barely better than a wall and some stairs. The area doesn't feel safe.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

it's well worth making the hike up to kadifekale as not only do you get to walk through some interesting neighbourhoods, but the views over the city and bay once you get there are stunning. there isn't much left of the castle itself, but the views make it worth it.

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Bialystok, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Do you want to see İzmir bay and almost whole city ? If yes, this is the best place to do it. The castle is believed to be constructed by one of the commanders of Alexander after Alexander had a dream when he was taking a nap next to Pagos hill. The castle and town in it is also believed... More 

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Thank Mert U
Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Highlight of Izmir! Climbing up the stairs of this district which has the same name as the castle with it's charming favela atmosphere was one of our best travel experiences so far. It's many stairs and the colourful houses create a great spirit which passes on to you immediately, which my photos hopefully proof. Of course it is partly trashstrewn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I have been to many places izmir but i must say this is my favourite. Sure it's not well looked after and its situated in an outskirt of the city, but it still has more than enough to offer to enjoy it; the gate,the cisterns, views on roman aquaducts, a little market and an overall sight on the city, particularly... More 

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Thank Kevin V
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Its an interesting, fairly steep walk through the labyrinth of alley ways of beautiful colourful historical homes from Basmane at the base of the hill up to Kadifekale. The view from the castle area is fantastic and you can find women from regional areas selling their traditional work

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Thank Kelli S
Manalapan, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

You have a great view of Izmir from the castle. The castle looks really old, and there is not much to see, but it is amazing to think that Alexander the Great built it.

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Thank Proclaimer1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This place is very good view when you look at Izmir from the top. It is better than old time now. You have to visit when you arrive Izmir

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Oklahoma City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I use to take tours of people who newly arrived Izmir up to the top of the hill to review this place. Best view of Izmir you're going to get!

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Great views of the city and bay but not worth the walk through a rather ropey area. Take a taxi for 15 liras from basmane gar.

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