Top Tourist Places to Visit in Cesme, Turkey, Europe

Top Tourist Places to Visit in Cesme, Turkey, Europe

Cesme is a popular resort town functioning as the administrative centre of Çeşme district in the İzmir province of Turkey, located around 90 km west of the provincial capital, Izmir and 670 km southwest of the country’s largest city, Istanbul. Lying on the westernmost end of Turkey at 38°19′ N 26°18′ E, Cesme is one of the parts of the Turkey’s tourism industry holding many spectacular white sandy beaches, fountains and most importantly Çeşme Castle.

Kite-boarding, windsurfing and sunbathing are the favorite water sport activities of tourists visiting the town during summer months.


History of Cesme:

The name Cesme literally means ‘fountain’, denoting fountains dating back to the Ottoman period placed all around the town. In its long history, Cesme was once the site of the war between Russians and Ottomans in 1770. The Cesme Castle is the historic identity of Cesme.’


How to reach Cesme?

Cesme is served by the Adnan Menderes Airport in Izmir with scheduled flights from Amsterdam, London, Tehran, Munich, Moscow, Paris, London and other global destinations. The airport is located around 95 km away from Cesme, which can be crossed by bus or taxi with a cost of TL 10 (by bus).

From Istanbul, it takes around 8 hours to Cesme by bus service.

Bus is the common way to get around Cesme and rental cars are also accessible.


Culture, Shopping and Food in Cesme:

Cesme is considered as the world’s 3rd best surfing resort and popularly called the Turkey’s windsurfing capital. Alaçatı is a town around 8 km away from Cesme where the big Surf Festivals are held annually with lot of specialties.

Artura Gallery in Cesme where visitors can pick colorful and variety of artworks at reasonable prices.

One can find many cheap restaurants just north of the Cesme Castle while the splurge restaurants are located near the Cesme Marina.

Some nice food corners in Cesme are:

  • Medcezir Cafe
  • L’Escargot Restaurant
  • Dost Pide & Pizza
  • Ferdi Baba Restaurant


Things to do in Cesme:

  • Kiteboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Sunbathing
  • Visiting theme parks


Places of interest in Cesme:

Cesme Castle:

Being a symbol of the town, the Cesme Castle is the most important tourist attraction of Cesme, situated in the heart of the town. Originally constructed in 1508, the castle gained prominence with the renovation made by Sultan Beyazıt. It is allowed for visitors 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-5:30 pm every day. Entrance fee is 5 TL.


Çeşme Marina:

Recently established marina village (2010), Çeşme Marina is home to around 400 berths measuring a length of 60 meters which is guarded by a 90 meter breakwater. One can also see many modern and traditional shops and cafes in the village.


Historic part of Cesme:

The historic part of Cesme is packed with numerous well preserved Greek neo-classical buildings dating back to the end of the 18th century. Visitors are allowed to visit them with a prior permission.



Located around 5 km east of Cesme, Ilıca is an area with full of world class resorts, beaches and thermal springs. The beach at Ilıca stretches up to 1.5 km with the opportunities of windsurfing and kite-surfing.


Cesme Museum:

The Cesme Museum was founded to display the history and culture of the town to visitors with well preserved artifacts and artworks. It is located inside Cesme Castle.


List of other places of interest in Cesme includes:

  • Aqua Toy City
  • Fun Beach Club
  • Kultur Cafe
  • Sera Beach
  • Alacati Go Kart
  • Ramo Beach


Best time to visit Cesme:

Like the rest of holiday resorts in Turkey, Cesme can be experienced best during the summer months between May and September.


Accommodation options in Cesme:

There are around 300 hotels in Cesme and all of which have modernized, with tourist facilities like TV, free internet access, spa, sauna and doctor on call service. Some nice recommended hotels in Cesme in Turkey are listed below:

  • Beyevi Hotel
  • Vintage Boutique Hotel Alacati
  • Panda Alacati Hotel
  • Cumbali Konak
  • Alacati Tas Otel
  • Imren Han Otel ve Konaklari
  • TashMahal Alacati
  • Sardunaki Konak Otel
  • Kamer Suite & Hotel
  • Moy Otel Alacati
  • La Capria Suite Hotel
  • Alacati Marina Palace Boutique Hotel
  • Casaoliva Hotel
  • Hotel Doga Garden
  • Port Hotel Alacati

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