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Travel Guide to Cesme

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  • Turkey
  • İzmir
  • 0000 km²
  • Lira
  • Turkish
  • 00000 million
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General Information About CESME

The area of Cesme is in the form of a peninsula that is to the west of Izmir. Cesme, which is located at the westernmost point of Turkey, has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in recent years. The city had a population 33,050 permanent residents, however approximately 200,000 during summer months. Located at approximately 80 km from Izmir, Cesme is an area that is very easy to reach thanks to the modern roadway network. The area, which has sunshine around 300 days of the year, is an important touristic destination. Furthermore, the thermal water that is available in almost no other holiday resorts is available in certain parts and facilities. Cesme hot springs contain a high level of sodium chloride, magnesium sulphate, and calcium bicarbonate, and the water has a pH of 6.5. These waters are heated and used for treating rheumatic, dermatological and gynecological diseases.

Cesme is surrounded by small islands that can be visited and explored on various boat trips on offer. Alacati, Ildiri and the ancient city of Erythrai too are accessible from Cesme and worth a visit.

Transport

The most popular public transport alternative is minibus which has an extensive network across the region. Locals call them “dolmus” and use them regularly. The numbers of seats in a minibus are limited to 14, but they generally pick more than that. You may have to stand on your feet and this can make your trip a little bit uncomfortable, but luckily it doesn’t take so long. There are no certain locations such as minibus stops to pick you up or drop you off. You just need to hail and get in. There are four dolmus routes which cover nearly all the sections of Cesme.

As everywhere around the world you can use a taxi in Cesme, but is a resort town, so keep in mind that the cost of a taxi is quite expensive (like in other resort towns of Turkey). In most cases 3 times more expensive than say in Izmir city. All taxis in Turkey are equipped with taximeters but after midnight we recommend to ask driver the cost before the trip as the cost may be higher in comparison to daytime.

Nature and beaches

There are many kilometers of golden sand beaches around the peninsula with enough variations for everyone to choose a favorite, although they may need to organize transport to reach it. Pirlanta Beach is a long sandy beach just southwest of the town while nearby Altinkum Beach (Golden Beach) is one of the finest in the area. Çark Beach offers shallow gentle seas that are perfect for children. Buyuk Beach in Ilica is clear, shallow with white sands and water warmed by the local thermal springs, but it can get windy at times. The wind never stops in remote Alaçati which is one of the finest windsurfing venues in the world, with a school and professional competitions. If you prefer to hang with the in-crowd, pay your money and spend the day at one of the exclusive beach clubs, of which the Seaside Beach Club at Piyade Cove is the best known.

Weather

The weather is very warm during June, July, August; high 30s, sometimes reaching 40 degrees. The average temperature during September is 26 degrees which might be a better time to visit if you are not a fan of hot weather.In winter, the average temperature is +12 ... 14 at night +8 ... 10. Most rain from November to March.

sports in cesme

About Sports in CESME

If you are an active person Cesme will give you exactly what you’ve been searching for with plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, scuba diving, and other wide facilities of water sports offering right on the beach.

Cesme is known as the windsurfing and kite-surfing capital of Turkey, and the third best surfing resort in the world. Especially Alacati offers the ideal location for surfing, and this is where all the surfing schools are located and the Surf Festivals take place in Alacati every year. Alacati is unique as the depth of the water do not go deeper than 1 meter for over 700 meters off shore and the area receives heavy winds.

Popular GYM in Cesme

Mekan İsmi 1
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 417 02 01
Mekan İsmi 2
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
cesme history

Cesme Culture and History

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History

The urban center and the port of the region in antiquity was at Erythrae (present-day Ildırı), in another bay to the north-east of Cesme.

The town of Cesme itself lived its golden age in the Middle Ages when a modus Vivendi established in the 14th century between the Republic of Genoa, which held Chios (Scio), and the Beylik of Aydinids, which controlled the Anatolian mainland, was pursued under the Ottomans, and export and import products between western Europe and Asia were funneled via Cesme and the ports of the island, only hours away and tributary to Ottomans but still autonomous after 1470. Chios became part of the Ottoman Empire in an easy campaign led by Piyale Pasha in 1566. In fact the Pasha simply laid anchor in Cesme and summoned the notables of the island to notify them of the change of authority. After the Ottoman capture and through preference shown by the foreign merchants, the trade hub gradually shifted to Izmir, which until then was touched only tangentially by the caravan routes from the east, and the prominence of the present-day metropolis became more pronounced after the 17th century.[10] In 1770, the Cesme bay became the location of naval Battle of Chesma between Russian and Ottoman fleets during Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774).

Cesme regained some its former lustre starting with the beginning of the 19th century, when its own products, notably grapes and mastic, found channels of export. The town population increased considerably until the early decades of the 20th century, immigration from the islands of the Aegean and the novel dimension of a seasonal resort center becoming important factors in the increase. The viniculture was for the most part replaced with the growing of watermelons in recent decades, which acquired another name of association with Cesme aside from the thermal baths, surfing, fruits, vineyards, cheese, tourism and history.

Historical city center

The town itself dominated by Çeşme Castle. While the castle is recorded to have been considerably extended and strengthened during the reign of Ottoman sultan Bayezid II, sources differ as to their citation of the original builders, whether the Genoese or the Turks at an earlier time after the early 15th century capture. A statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, one of the naval commanders of the Battle of Chesma is in front of the castle and the Pasha is depicted caressing his famous pet lion and facing the town square. The battle itself, although ended in Ottoman defeat, had seen Hasan Pasha pulling out honorably after having sunk the Russian flagship Sv. Evstafii, together with his own ship, after which he had to follow the main battle from the coast before joining the capital by way of land, where he rapidly rose to become a distinguished grand vizier.

A few paces south of the castle, there is an Ottoman caravanserai built in the early centuries of the Ottoman conquest in 1528 by order of Süleyman the Magnificent, and it is now restored and transformed into a boutique hotel. The imposing but redundant 19th century Greek Orthodox church of Ayios Haralambos is used for temporary exhibitions. Along some of the back streets of the town are old traditional Ottoman houses, as well as Sakız house-type residences of more peculiar lines, for the interest of strollers.

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Local tastes and cuisine

Turkey is rightly famed for its cuisine, which is rich and savory, not particularly spicy-hot, with abundant use of vegetables (which makes vegetarians happy.)

Turkish cuisine is often regarded as one of the greatest in the world. Its culinary traditions have successfully survived over 1,300 years for several reasons, including its favorable location and Mediterranean climate. Contrary to common belief, Turkish cuisine is generally not spicy (though this varies throughout the seven regions). Seasonings and sauces, although frequently used, are simple and light and do not overpower the food's natural taste.

National Turkish Drink is Ayran; this drink made from yogurt and makes fresh even in the hottest days. National alcoholic drink of Turkey is Raki. This drink made from anise and there is a special tradition how you have to drink it. The first in the special glass you are putting half of glass Raki, ice and then putting some water. It’s changing the color and become milky white. Next to the Raki mostly serve grilled fish, white cheese or goat cheese and greens with olives.

Obviously, we recommend the kumru sandwich at least once during your stay in Cesme. Kumru — a kind of local warm sandwich. Tasty, it is made with a special bread originally stuffed with salami, Turkish garlic-flavored sausage (sucuk), grilled cheese and tomatoes; nowadays a vegetarian version is also available if you ask for it, prepared without the sausage and with the addition of green pepper.

In Cesme, for centuries the island has been famous for its export of products from the Mastic trees, also known as Chewing Gum trees. Sap from the trees is harvested in August and is used for making liquor, gum, soda, snacks, toothpaste, medicine and more don't lost a chance to try some spatial delicious from it. The sought after mastic products make fantastic gifts and souvenirs from your trip.

cesme nightlife

Cesme Nightlife

All the beach clubs in Cesme transform into nightclubs once the sun goes down and the most popular of which are located in Aya Yorgi Bay. Check out Sole Mare, Marrakech, Shayna, Babylon and Paparazzi which all have a capacity for around 3,000 people. Although the clubs open early crowds don't arrive till after 11pm and the usually close just before sunrise. Alacati has the Masquerade and Okuz Clubs that open and close at the same time.

There are many bars in Alacati and several located in Ilica's Yildizburnu like the No. 15 bar that we highly recommend as its a great place to sip a glass of wine whilst looking out on a stunning view and listening to the cool jazz music that's played there.

Popular Bars in Cesme

 

PAPARAZZI

Palace Adress, Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
SHAYNA
Mekan adresi Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
SOLE MARE
Mekan adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
ROUGE
Mekan adresi Tel. : +90 000 000 0000

Famous Clubs in Cesme

 

BISOU ALACATI

Palace Adress, Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
NAR’s
Mekan adresi Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
CAFE IYI
Mekan adresi Tel. : +90 000 000 0000
 
MAKA
Mekan adresi Tel. : +90 000 000 0000

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Pırıl Hotel, Cesme Çeşme İzmir

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Piril Hotel ‘The Smiling Face of Çeşme’ opened in July 2004. Piril Hotel is situated in the centre of Çeşme

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