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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

Hacımemiş, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey

Hacımemiş

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

The gardens and architecture are a few reasons travellers visit Hacımemiş. Want to see more of the surrounding area? Alaçatı Çarşı and Alacati Marina are a few top sights nearby.

Hacımemiş
Tokoglu, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey

Tokoglu

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Tokoglu might not have many top sights, but Ilica Beach and Alaçatı Çarşı are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Tokoglu

Top hotels in Cesme

İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
5 out of 5
Boyalik Mevkii Ilica, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £40 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Aqua Toy City and Ilica Beach. Boyalık ...

4.2/5Very Good! (908 reviews)

"The resort are good for families.. the beaches and pools are great.. the services were slow and I don’t like it .. i booked B&B but when I reached the hotel it’s was only bed and they didn’t do anything about Overall the hotel is good"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

İlica Hotel Spa & Wellness Thermal Resort
Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
Alacati Mahallesi Cark Plaji Mevkii 8010, Cesme, Izmir
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £80 per night from 13 Oct to 14 Oct

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! (254 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 29 Aug 2020

Seya Beach Hotel - Alacati
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 £46 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aqua Toy City, Ilica Beach and Cesme Marina. Boyalık Beach ...

3.8/5Good! (630 reviews)

"Very nice and luxurious hotel,perfect location and very good staff ,very clean and comfortable rooms"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Cesme

Atrium Apart Hotel
Atrium Apart Hotel
ilica çesme, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £25 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"We were satisfied with everything. It's a great place with great personal"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Atrium Apart Hotel
Site Soley
Site Soley
7189 Sok. Germiyan District, Cesme, Izmir
The price is £73 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

Situated on the boardwalk, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Erythrai and within 9 miles (15 km) of Ilica Beach and Oasis Aquapark. Pazaryeri Mosque and Alaçatı ...

3.5/5Good! (6 reviews)
Site Soley, Cesme - Turkey

"We had many problems at Hotel Soley, First they gave us a very old house where the AirCondition was leaking and we had a pool of water right in the living room and we had to wait for two days that to be fixed then there was a very bad smell coming out of the toilets which they never tried to fix ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2017

Site Soley
Poseidon Alacati Villa
Poseidon Alacati Villa
Termalkent Sitesi, Havuzlu, Cesme, Izmir

Located by the sea, this family-friendly villa is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Erythrai and 10.5 mi (16.8 km) from Ilica Beach. Pazaryeri Mosque and Aqua Toy City are ...

Poseidon Alacati Villa
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.

Popular places to visit in Cesme

Cesme Castle
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Cesme Castle

4.5/5(8 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Cesme with a trip to Cesme Castle. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Top things to do in Cesme

Didim Private Transfer from Cesme hotels to Didim Adnan Menderes Airport
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Didim Private Transfer from Cesme hotels to Didim Adnan Menderes Airport

£139
Per adult
Cesme Private Transfer from Cesme hotels to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
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Cesme Private Transfer from Cesme hotels to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport

£85
Per adult
Izmir Urla&Seferihisar to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Private DepartureTransfer
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Izmir Urla&Seferihisar to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Private DepartureTransfer

£67
Per adult

Reviews of Cesme

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Its a great place for relaxation and highly affordable. Cesme Marina is pleasurable to visit and has a lot of good eating places with unique desert and coffee places also includes sone decent shopping places.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Oct 2019

Beaches don't have any restaurant nearby. Only the village Alacati is worth visiting and that too can be covered in one hour.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Amazing locals, amazing food, calm atmosphere in cesme overall, amazing views, great fishing/snorkling tours available, good bars along the sea view and most of all safe!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

There are very nice restaurants and boutique shops around the Marina.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Sep 2019

Only Alacati is nice place to visit in Cesme

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Sep 2019

Amazing town with amazing restaurants. Not particularly geared up to English guests but we loved it!

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