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“Awesome view, use caution when going here.”
Review of Kadifekale

Kadifekale
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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.
Reviewed August 14, 2012

I decided to venture out to see this on my first day in Izmir. I went to Konak bus station and then got bus 33 to Kadifekale.

I got off at the end of the line and it was pretty scary. (Granted you could get off earlier by the polis and walk) Anyways, I got off at the end and walked back to the site. It was quite deserted and only a few people were out. Maybe this was because it was Ramazan or maybe not. Nevertheless I ventured alone towards the fort. When you get to the fort it has an awesome view at the top and it is free to get in to.

I would just like to say use EXTREME caution when going here alone (especially if you are a woman). I mean I am 25 yr old man and I was little nervous when I saw a group of 7 teenagers, and smaller groups of homeless looking men. I am sure they were fine, as most people in Turkey are. But just be careful, don't bring a lot of money or valuables.

PS you can also buy souvenirs here. They may however be cheaper at other places!

3  Thank PresPJ
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

Sunday afternoon at Kadifekale!
All the senses are awakened. If you leave yourself, you will experience something unique.
If you never came in contact with the balkan gypsies, you may be scared, feel threatened, or whatever. But if you have a previous experience, you know that these people, these kids running, playing soccer, these ladies baking bread are people that face life with a different philosophy. No better or worse... Just different.

The view, besides the beautiful sunset, hides many historical aspects. The Kemal carved mountain, the Smyrna bay, the Lysimachus castle.... Sometimes you have to dig deep, so to find beauty. But once you re there, you know that the trip was worth all your efforts.

If you go to Izmir and missed Kadifekale, then you missed a big part of the things that this journey had to offer you. And take a walk round these narrow streets, because this "mahala" is a live museum. It's not only the view.... Never was.

You may see much more beautiful sunsets. But a sunset, charged with history, life, emotions? Kadifekale is one of a kind....

4  Thank nikos m
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

You may find it very interesting,colored people-generally gypsies- all around,smell of mussel and rice cooking at every house for the street sellers -2 TL or less than 1 Euro for 30 of them in a pack-and try !!!!!!!!,,western half of the surrounding 1-2 flat houses are cleared away for the sake of a forest park which is in the beginning years,a huge castle and 3 mosques nearby,from the parking area platform the city view is under your foot,try not to step away from your group,watch your pockets and cameras,prefer taking the municipal touring bus and keep on board,expect lots of adrenalin washing your vessels

4  Thank COYDRCOY
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

I was in there with my group of friends.. We watched sunset from there and it has the best wiew of Izmir top of it.. Sunset is amazing but be careful when you go dont be there at late of night..

2  Thank leotrakya
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We were there about ten o'clock in the morning and the place was quiet and charming. There is a very nice view and you can buy many sort of souvenirs.

1  Thank Elise5055
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