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Address: Izmir, Turkey
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Izmir Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #32 of 66 Attractions in Izmir
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Durban, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Not much of an attraction. Nothing but a broken castle wall actually, BUT definitely the most amazing view of Izmir. Just be wary of the kids begging as son as you exit the taxi. Pay them any attention and you hounded for the entire visit. Give them money and they look at you like "Is this all you going to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Well, actually we were searching another place, that one which has anciet lift and panoramic view too. So we just walked in town and desided to go upward. In theese scary "favelas'. It was a sunny day and btw wednessday or something, so there were almost nobody in favelas and it happened to be an interesting place actually. So we... More

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Izmir Province, Turkey
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221 reviews 221 reviews
141 attraction reviews
395 helpful votes 395 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is not a lot left of these ruins but they are still worth a visit. There is great views of the city and if you are there on a clear day you can see for miles. Watch out for the sheep being slaughtered on the side of the road at the top of the hill and also don't walk... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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87 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It WS had enough to find directions to the site but worst of all there are no actual workers in there as it is a free site. Being swamped by begging children and no general information readily available ...disappointing. Its also in a shocking neigbourhood which again not an issue but be mindful

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

From all over Izmir you can see the castle standing proudly on top of the hill, and so you get excited about seeing what one would expect is a grand spectacle. The trip up is an adventure, we caught a bus from the Konak station, you can ask around and someone will point it out. Entry is free, but this... More

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Kadifekale was a bit of a disappointment . Very poorly kept with a huge amount of rubbish floating about . If it wasn't for the incredible view and some poorly signposted ruins it could be mistaken for the local rubbish dump.

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Heraklion, Greece
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

A. Very nice views of Izmir & the port, but the site doesn't have much of archaeological interest aside from the cisterns, which you can't enter. B. I'm amazed how many folks say to "exercise extreme caution," etc, merely judging by the appearance of the folks they passed or saw. None of these reviews mentioned any actual problems encountered, merely... More

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13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great place to visit not too big but its interesting and has great views. Akso lovely resturants all around the area. Just explore also there is a frwat market downtown, however not too easy to find but just follow the people with fruit and u will find a very big market on the oposite side of the Mountain. Great place... More

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Chania Town, Greece
5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Nice place for a panoramic view of Izmir. You can enjoy some refreshments coffee etc. It is interesting to visit it

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15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Besides the edifice itself which includes both 'up,' fortified walls, and 'down' cisterns and storerooms, the view from the top of the castle--of the sprawling city and the sun glistening in the Bay of Izmir is well worth your time and effort. Kurdish women clerk souvenir consession booths where you can purchase a vast array of items including sturdy woven... More

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