We went from Side on a tour bus to this city, it is so vast you need at least 3 days to explore it all. Being disabled I could not get down to the harbour but my partner did and really enjoyed it. The city was so clean and walking through Republic Square we eve saw the tram lines being swept. As with all tours they are spoilt by factory visits which normal people cannot afford to buy the products.
The city is split in two as with the old and the new, the old still has some cobbled streets as they originally were. Some building were boarded up as under Turkish law they have to be restored to how they originally were, some people did not have the money for the work so they are left.
There is still one gate intact the entrance to the old harbour under the glass walkway through the gate you can still see the chariot tracks dating back to Roman Times
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