Perched on Turkey’s western coastline overlooking the deep-blue Aegean Sea, you’ll discover this sunny seaside destination. From golden, sandy beaches to the castle in the heart of town, Çeşme holidays have a lot to offer. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush green countryside. Take your time relaxing on the shoreline before wandering through the narrow streets past traditional Turkish houses. Then make your way to the bustling harbour where you’ll find a superb selection of seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day.
Things to do
If all you want to do on Çeşme holidays is spend long days on the sunny beach, then this place has exactly what you need. If you really want to unwind, then a trip to the natural springs is in order, where the hot bubbles are guaranteed to unknot tired muscles. Beyond the glorious coastline, there’s lots to keep you busy. Çeşme has a rich and fascinating history that’s sure to get you interested in ancient times all over again, and your first port of call must be a visit to the castle in the centre of town. If you want to head out into nature, you’ll find lots of country trails on your doorstep, so lace up your boots and get walking.
Çeşme is home to several stunning beaches situated along the beautiful coast and is lapped by the shallow, clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Recline on sunloungers and under parasols along the soft, golden sand and take in the picturesque views of the turquoise waters glistening in the sunshine. Water sports are a popular activity down by the beach and its shores have become a world class windsurfing spot as the nearby hot springs drive a warm breeze across the water.
History and culture
Çeşme was first colonised as a health resort due to the famous thermal springs that are said to have therapeutic healing qualities. Traditionally, Çeşme means fountain in Turkish. It was called this because the Ottoman navy used to anchor here to get fresh drinking water. The natural beauty of the green countryside gives the traditional town a unique charm and laid-back atmosphere. Çeşme is also ideally placed if you want to explore the archaeological sites of Aegean, some of which are ruins of buildings that were destroyed in the Great War of Independence in 1923.
Çeşme is an upmarket coastal town with a lively yet modest nightlife. The beach clubs are extremely popular, which host a range of day parties and transform into buzzing nightclubs in the evening. If you travel in August you may be around for the Çeşme Marina Wine Festival where you can indulge in various wines produced across the country and listen to an eclectic choice of music. As dusk falls, enjoy a delicious seafood meal amongst the stunning scenery along the harbour and by the beaches of Çeşme.