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İzmir, Turkey

A guide to the best places to run in İzmir,

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İzmir is the third largest city in Turkey and one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean sea region. It’s a popular visitor destination owing to its cultural heritage sites, location on the Aegean Sea, and sunny weather. There are some terrific options for running in İzmir, with many kilometers of waterfront paths, some lovely parks, mountain trails just outside the city.

The best place to run in İzmir is along the series of waterfront paths — some 9 km along the Kordon, and 6 km across the bay along the Karşıyaka Waterfront, which includes numerous small parks. At the south end of the Kordon, we also love running paths in Engelliler Park, then aling the water to Inciralti Beach Bridge. For a great park run, enjoy the palm-lined paths of Kültürpark İzmir, which can be combined with the nearby Kordon or our Old Town/Archeological Sites tour. For those who want some hills and trails, the best bet is the National Forest in Balçova. Further outside İzmir are numerous mountains and forest preserves offering lots of trail running options.

All of our routes are accessible via İzmir’s excellent public transport system, which includes a subway, tram, and buses. Runners should note that summer weather is sunny and hot, with daytime temps consistently in the 30-35C range.

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Karşıyaka Waterfront Path

İzmir, Turkey

Across the bay in Karşıyaka, there's another scenic promenade along the Aegean Sea that makes for a scenic run. The path runs for 6.3 km between the Mavişehir marina and Muammer Aksoy Park. Terrific water views, several parks, and some sites.
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Kültürpark & Waterfront

İzmir, Turkey

This large, landscaped park featuring several km of tree-lined paths and fountains is a great spot for a run in central İzmir. We've put together a 5 km loop combining the park with a section of the Kordon waterfront promenade.
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Old Town İzmir & Key Sites

İzmir, Turkey

Create your own 'runseeing' tour of key archeological sites and the winding, narrow streets İzmir old town, between the Cankaya and Konak subway stations. Go early before the markets & crowds. Can combine with Kültürpark & Kordon waterfront paths.
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İzmir has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm to hot, dry summers. Summer is sunny with nearly no rainfall, with temperatures in the 30-33C (86-91F) range and warm nights. Winters are pleasant for running, with daytime temps averaging 15C (60F) and nights dipping to 6C (mid-40s). Most of the 730mm (29 inches) of rain falls in the winter months.

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We recommend staying near old town or the waterfront to take advantage of the best running options in İzmir. You can also stay in one of the hotels across the bay in near the Karşıyaka Waterfront.

There are outlets of several running apparel chains in İzmir. Opsar Sport is another good option. See the overview map.