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26 July 2007

Tip for the weekends: Teleferik


Surprisingly green Area in the City of Izmir: Teleferik (cable rail way)

In the area of Balçova, a district of Izmir, near the Princess Hotel and opposite of the Economic University, one can find a small piece of heaven in the otherwise busy city of Izmir. Many of our Turkish friends didn't even know this place! With a cable railway you go up a steep hill, and can enjoy fantastic views of the bay from your cabin. Even the salt lakes on the opposite side of the sea can be seen!


So what is there to do? When you go out of our cabin, you come to a plateau where several cafes and restaurants are located where you can have a drink or meal at reasonable prices.If you are the adventurous type, you can have your own BBQ!! You don't have to bring anything! A small supermarket is also there where you can buy fresh vegetables and all kinds of meat. Staff from the supermarket bring a BBQ set to your table (for free) and your work can begin! Important to mention is that no food or drinks can be taken ın the cabins! They check your bags... So there is not really a pick nick opportunity, but there are many tables and wooden benches. The view on the dam is spectacular and you would not expect the hills to be so green mid Summer! On Sundays it can be quite crowded with local people. We went on a Saturday and it was not packed at all that day. The price of a return ticket is 2,50 ytl per person.


How to get there?
Follow signs going to Balçova: when you come from the city centre: drive along the
big supermalls of Kipa and Agora. At a big roundabout you will see a sign that says Teleferik'. Continue straight ahead untill you see on your left the Economic University Campus; try to park your car on a free parking space 20 meters before the Teleferik area.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Greetings! I am brand new to Izmir, living in the Goztepe area. Your post about Teleferik sounds wonderful! My family and I would like to make a trip there very soon. Do you need to book a cabin? How is it done? THANKS so very much for your blog..it is terrific!
Cheers,
Julie Dotterer Hanna, teacher, American Collegiate Institute

Jakkel said...

I went there, and it was very nice, although I would really like to have a chance to leave the railed area, and go exploring on my own, but I guess the view have to make it up for that.
You don't have to (and cannot) book a cabin, and the price is reasonable ca. 2 lira, and discount for öğrenci (students). But there can be quite a queue sometimes, we had that after sunset, everyone wanted to go home at once.

Sigurd, exchange student at IYTE