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Cesme
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Cesme

This lively little resort town features a Genoese castle, an attractive seafront promenade, lots of reasonably priced dining options and nearby beaches.

A much-loved seaside getaway resort for Izmirians and Europeans, Çeşme possesses an attractive harbor area, several historic landmarks and a lively town center filled with shops and restaurants. Learn about the port’s Bronze Age, Roman and Ottoman history in its landmark Genoese castle and relax on secluded bays and in hot springs.

Get acquainted with local history at Çeşme Museum, housed inside a landmark 16th-century fortress. Explore the exhibits inside, which feature fascinating archaeological finds, including tools from the nearby Bağlararası Bronze Age settlement as well as Roman-era objects. Displays in the museum’s tower house focus on the pivotal Battle of Çeşme naval confrontation, which took place here during the Russo-Turkish War and resulted in the defeat of the Ottoman fleet. Outside the fortress stands the Statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa, a former slave who rose through the ranks to become an admiral after the Battle of Çeşme.

Explore the newer side of Çeşme with a walk around the modern Çeşme Marina. Marvel at the sleek yachts parked here. During summer, the marina buzzes with life as travelers fill its many restaurants and cafés.

Key to Çeşme’s appeal is its proximity to beautiful beaches. Head to lively Ayayorgi Koyu to party in beach clubs or rent snorkeling gear and charter a boat out to Mavi Koy, a serene cove with crystal clear waters. The area cannot be accessed by land. Try surfing with the wind and waves of Pırlanta Plajı. Ilıca Plajı, meanwhile, has thermal springs and mud baths and good conditions for windsurfers too.

To get to Çeşme, fly into the airport in İzmir, located about 60 miles (90 kilometers) away. Turkish minibuses, known as dolmuş, run regularly between İzmir and Çeşme. Ferries also run between Çeşme and the Greek island of Chios. The town itself is compact and easily walkable. Visit during the Çeşme Marina Wine Festival in August, when you can taste locally made wines from regional producers.

Where to stay in Cesme

Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
Boyalik Mevkii 3200 Sokak No. 1, Cesme, Izmir
The price is $164 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Nestled on the beach, this Boyalık Mahallesi hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rooms Beach, Ilica Beach, and Cesme Marina. Boyalık Beach and Ayayorgi Bay are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (429 reviews)
"Every thing was perfect but the room service was bad when answering the phone but good when they bring the stuff."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
5 out of 5
Boyalik Mevkii Ilica, Cesme, Izmir
The price is $212 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aqua Toy City and Ilica Beach. Boyalık ...
4.2/5Very Good! (960 reviews)
"The hotel was overall very good. The beach and its amenities were excellent. The staff and service was great. The only downside was coffee. It needs to be fixed."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
Alacati Mahallesi Cark Plaji Mevkii 8010, Cesme, Izmir
Nestled on the beach, this Cesme hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Alacati Marina, Delikli Koy, and Halk Plaj. Alaçatı Çarşı and Pazaryeri Mosque are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (278 reviews)
"Very professional, flexible and friendly management. They do their absolute best to make you happy. Very rare find - I stayed in all rhe alacati hotels and seya has the best management"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2020

Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Atrium Apart Hotel
Atrium Apart Hotel
ilica çesme, Cesme, Izmir
The price is $52 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aqua Toy City and Ilica Beach. Boyalık Beach and Rooms Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
4.4/5Excellent! (24 reviews)
"We were satisfied with everything. It's a great place with great personal"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Atrium Apart Hotel
Luxury Villa in Alacati / Ilica With Private Pool and 1000sqm Garden
Luxury Villa in Alacati / Ilica With Private Pool and 1000sqm Garden
Cesme, Izmir
Situated by the sea, this resort is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Aqua Toy City and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Ilica Beach. Rooms Beach and Boyalık Beach are also within 3 mi ...
Luxury Villa in Alacati / Ilica With Private Pool and 1000sqm Garden
Pool and BBQ ,family Friend ,7 bed
Pool and BBQ ,family Friend ,7 bed
Cesme, Izmir
This Cesme villa is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Erythrai, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Ilica Beach and Oasis Aquapark. Pazaryeri Mosque and Alaçatı Çarşı ...
Pool and BBQ ,family Friend ,7 bed
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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