The first thing that comes to people’s mind when thinking of Cesme in Turkey is probably its castle. Cesme (or Çeşme in Turkish) is located very close to the Greek island of Chios and has a prominent and restored fortress to testify to its glorious past. It is one of the main attractions of this city popular with day-trippers from both Izmir and Chios. Not to worry if you’re not into fortresses, glorious pasts or anything historical; you’ll have plenty more to see and do during your day in Cesme. And if you don’t mind heading a bit further afield, there’s a stunning hidden beach waiting for you as well. We’ll tell you how to get there in this post.
ÇEŞME’S PROMENADE, MARINA & BEACH
The fun part about seaside towns is that they almost always have a promenade, and often a marina and a beach. Now we love boats! So any place where we can sit and look at the waves playing with boats (or the other way around), is a happy place. The marina in Cesme is stylish and welcoming and naturally flows over into the promenade that leads to the cities’ beach. As this is often the case, the whole seaside stretch is packed with eateries and shops. This is where you will find familiar brands such as Starbucks or Burger King, but also Turkish restaurants that cater mainly to tourists. The beach is small, but charming, in a pretty bay.
THE AMAZING BEACH AT DELIKLI KÖY
Alright, we confess, technically speaking, this isn’t Cesme anymore. And the beach is not really hidden, as it is known among the locals. But there are no road signs to it, and you need to know exactly where you’re going to find it. It is pretty amazing though, with stunning white rock formations that will take your breath away. If you like relatively untouched beaches, you will love this one. Don’t expect any facilities, just expect to be wowed. The question is: how to find it? The answer? Use these coordinates: 38.229267, 26.342922.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT CESME IN TURKEY
Çeşme lies almost 90km west of Izmir. It’s a popular day-trip for holidaymakers in Chios who pop over on a ferry. Alternatively, you could do things the other way around and visit Chios for a day from Cesme. You can easily get to Cesme from Izmir by public transport. Check the Izmir – Cesme bus timetable here.
The city of Cesme, as well as the entire peninsula, offers a wide range of hotels and boutique pensions to stay the night. Also worth exploring is nearby Alaçatı (or Alacati in English) or the winery in Urla.
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