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

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
5 out of 5
Altinyunus mah 3435 Sok No. 25, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £65 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aqua Toy City, Boyalık Beach and Rooms Beach. Ilica Beach ...
3.8/5Good! (704 reviews)
"Location is good. Pool is very large and clean."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2021

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
Biblos Alacati
Biblos Alacati
Alaçati Mahallesi, 18012 Sokak 2/A, Cesme, Çesme
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £308 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Cesme, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Alacati Marina, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Alaçatı Çarşı and Ayayorgi Bay. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)
"The service is beyond perfect…loved the architecture along with the different atmosphere in each section..well designed room"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

Biblos Alacati
İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
5 out of 5
Boyalik Mevkii Ilica, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £74 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aqua Toy City, Boyalık Beach and Rooms ...
4.2/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"Ilica hotel in Cesme Turkey is an amazing hotel with great accommodations and great beach. The service is amazing . Recommend it to everyone highly"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2021

İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
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.
Azize Palas Apart
Azize Palas Apart
16 Eylül Mahallesi, 3047/1 Sokak, 25/3 C Blok, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £30 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
Situated in Cesme, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ayios Haralambos Church and Cesme Marina. Cesme Castle and Cesme Museum are also within 10 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great stay in a brand new apartment
"Super clean and brand new. I stayed in the downstairs studio - I think there were 6 other apartments. Building was well insulated and stayed comfortable at night, lots of good restaurants within walking distance and super friendly managers"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Azize Palas Apart
Atrium Apart Hotel
Atrium Apart Hotel
ilica çesme, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £37 per night from 25 Sep to 25 Sep
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 miles (3 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (25 reviews)
"We were satisfied with everything. It's a great place with great personal"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Atrium Apart Hotel
Aegean Apartments - Cesme
Aegean Apartments - Cesme
2122/1. Sk., Cesme, Izmir
The price is £38 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Cesme, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cesme Open Air Theatre, Cesme Castle and Cesme Museum. Ayios Haralambos Church and Cesme ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Très bien, propre et calme"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

Aegean Apartments - Cesme
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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