Top 10 Things to do in Menemen, Turkey

July 20, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Menemen (Greek: Μενεμένη), is a district of İzmir Province in Turkey as well as the district's central town. The district extends on a fertile plain formed by the alluvial soil carried by the Gediz River. Menemen's district area neighbors the following district areas from east to west; Aliağa and Foça to the north and Bornova, Karşıyaka and Çiğli to the south, these last two being among İzmir's metropolitan districts. Menemen district also has a 27 km (17 mi) long coastline in the west and neighbors Manisa Province to the east. The town of Menemen is located at a distance of 35 km (22 mi) from İzmir center (Konak Square). Settlement across the district is loosely scattered along the Greater Metropolitan Area of İzmir in the south and consists of isolated villages along prairies in the north, which results in an average urbanization rate of only 42 per cent. The economy still relies on agriculture and stock breeding in large part, although the production and export of leather, ceramic and other earthenware products, as well as potentially of plastic products, based in two separate and specialized organized industrial zones made important steps forward during the last decade. Menemen's earthenware pottery products are famous across Turkey since centuries. These two organized industrial zones as well as activities rebounding from the adjacent İzmir metropolitan area gain an increasing importance in the district's economy. Nevertheless, Gediz River, whose lower basin crosses Menemen plain to join the sea within the district boundaries still constitutes the lifeline of the region and matters relating to the river's flow as well as its present rate of rather high pollution is a matter of constant debate. The level of education is high in Menemen with literacy rate reaching 99%.
Restaurants in Menemen

1. Key Museum

Ozgorkey Cd #5 | Torbali, Izmir, Turkey +90 232 850 35 00
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Key Museum

Reviewed By jean - paul P - Kusadasi, Turkey

I went there because my son is interested in cars, because some friends asked me about it... so I wanted to discover myself. A bit hard to find, an unbelievable location in the industrial aerea of Torbali / Izmir. But WAWWWWW once I was inside, it is so impressive, so well maintained, so attractive... even for people (like me) who are almost not interested in cars..... A real discovery!

2. Arkas Art Center

1380 Sokak No:1, Izmir, Turkey +90 232 464 66 00
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Arkas Art Center

Reviewed By bos6116 - Memphis, Tennessee

This was my third visit to the Arkas Art Center in as many years and I intend to go back when I'm in Izmir. The exhibits are located in a two-story, moderate size building; staff is attentive. Entrance is free. On all occasions we were left to roam on our own; while there are no guided tours for individual visitors (that I am aware of), there are descriptions of the exhibited items as well as the collections in English and French as well as Turkish, which is very convenient. The exhibited items come from the Arkas private collection as well as from other European galleries, museums, etc. (have spotted some from the Louvre, Bibliotheque National, etc.). I find the exhibits to be well curated and informative, esp. if one is interested in Izmir, the Levant, and Anatolia. Overall, it's a little gem in the heart of the city.

Izmir, Turkey +90 232 439 09 99
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kordonboyu

Reviewed By doctorvox - Izmir, Turkey

Kordon, with its historical background is one of the most attractive places in Izmir. They say that two places are worth to watch the sunset: Rio and Izmir (Kordon). You can decide among several nice restaurants, cafes and bars waiting for you for an excellent sunset view there.

Izmir, Turkey +90 505 782 38 07
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4.5 based on 709 reviews

Alsancak

Reviewed By 2xhappy - Lancashire, England

Alsançak is a modern, cosmopolitan and bright bohemian district in downtown Izmir. The cafes and bars together with wonderful restaurants and unusual shops create a good international atmosphere where people from all over the world meet. I was served one of the best coffee's I've ever had outside of Italy. Highly recommended.

5. Izmir Wild Life Park

Ahmet Piristina Caddesi Sasali | Cigli, Izmir, Turkey +90 232 327 30 16
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Izmir Wild Life Park

Reviewed By AliHamidian - Karaj, Iran

Entrance for students is 2 TL and 5 TL for adults. It is far from city center but truly to worth to visit it. Please also consider the temperature of the outside before going because in summer it is pretty hot in July. Also bring your camera and buy something to eat and drink in the entrance because it is very large and there is no place to buy in all parts. This is necessary to get a map in the entrance.

6. Hisar Mosque

Kemeralti /Konak, Konak, Izmir, Turkey
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Hisar Mosque

This 16th-century mosque is the largest and oldest in Izmir. Of note are the interior decorations, pulpit and altar.

Reviewed By Citrus-Farmer - Turkey

This is a quality old mosque with tons of charachter, history and a warm welcome at Friday Prayers. Well worth seeking out.

7. MaviBahce Shopping Center

Mavisehir Mahallesi, Caher Dudayev Bulvari | Karsiyaka, Izmir 35540, Turkey +90 232 600 04 44
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MaviBahce Shopping Center

Reviewed By v v - Tabriz, Iran

very bid shopping mall with all of brands store. beautiful architecture and design Fountains and pools need to more cleaning and attention

8. Izmir Teleferik

Teleferik Mahallesi, Izmir 35330, Turkey +90 232 444 40 35
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Izmir Teleferik

Izmirlilerin, Balcova'ya her 10 dakikada bir kalkan belediye otobusleri ile gunun her saatinde ulasabilecekleri bir piknik alanı. Teleferik ile uc dakika suren ve enfes bir Izmir manzarasının eslik ettigi yolculuk ile tepedeki tesislere ulasılır. Dileyen et marketten alısveris yapıp kendin pisir-kendin ye bolumunden yararlanabilir, isteyen de restoranlarda yemegini yiyebilir. Temiz havada, Izmir

Reviewed By Daya101 - Tallinn, Estonia

What a bargain just 8YTL to go up and down, each journey takes about 5 mins and you will get some great views of the city and bay as you ascend. I was told we couldnt take food up to the top and we were searched on entry but most people seemed to have their own food and have a picnic. Food and drinks are available at the top from any of the many vendors. There is also an area for BBQing Im not sure how that worked if you have to rent the BBQs and buy the meat at the shop or just take your own. The scenery from the top really is beautiful so I highly recommend it. To get here take the Izban to F Altoy the final stop, take exit A to the bis station (Auto Gara) The first bus stop you see on exit is the one you need, take bus 169 and exit at stop TELERIFIK or just look out for the cables on the right of the bus and get off immediately after them and walk back 200M.

9. Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

Kuleli Sokak, Izmir, Turkey 38-25-8-04-27-07-43-32
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Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

This elegant monument which was built in 1901, decorates Konak Square and has become the symbol of the city of Izmir.

Reviewed By Daneshbod - Shiraz, Iran

The clock tower is a small monument at the centre of Izmir, It's not interesting by itself but the it has a nice surrounding with pigeons and Fountains. You can visit the seaside as well. Nice place to take photos.

10. Tarihi Asansor

Izmir, Turkey +90 232 293 47 77
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4.5 based on 850 reviews

Tarihi Asansor

Reviewed By mary elza w

Really pretty spot with two rustic elevators you take up a cliff, providing a nice view of the city. Climb further up some pretty stairs. Some restaurants are up top but we didn't try them.

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