Izmir - the capital city of Aegean region and the third biggest city of Turkey - is a great point to start our trip. Connected to very important highways and being a coastal city, it gives inspiration for an adventure by the sea. It is a great city to visit also, and I recommend you do so if you have an extra day. I must mention that the young crowds like to hang out in Küçük Park (Small Park) in central Bornova. Hotels are cheap, foods and beverages are cheap, and people are warm (even hot)!
The famous Ephesus is also nearby and waits to be visited! The Great Library is still standing with its magnificence!