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.
Expect long, hot summers and mild, wet winters.
Izmir Airport (ADB).
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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.
You’ll be spoilt for choice here when it comes to beaches; Çeşme’s 29km coastline is home to some of the finest stretches of sand and water the Aegean Coast. Ilica Beach is one of the most popular; the white sand is stunning, but this place is also famous for its natural thermal springs, some of which are in the sea. It’s also a great spot for windsurfing; the conditions are perfect for it. You’ve also got Pirlanta Beach, which is around 6 miles from the centre of town and an absolute paradise for surfers.
With landmarks and museums aplenty, you’ll never be too far from a historical attraction. In the centre of town, there’s a striking 14th century fortress. As you enter, you’ll learn about its importance during times of war, and see unearthed remains at the Museum of Archaeology. If you want a glimpse into the region’s ancient history, head to the city of Íldirli to see a selection of Early Bronze Age remains. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants serving fresh fish. Or, perhaps you’d prefer a local favourite: the kumuru sandwich, usually served up with Turkish sausage, cheese and tomatoes. It’s delicious, the kids will love it, and it’ll keep you going for the rest of the afternoon as you explore the winding alleyways and cobbled streets.
Surrounding this beautiful town, you’ll discover miles of stunning countryside to explore. You can make your way through the lush grass and trees on foot or by bike. And if you’re energetic enough to climb the hills, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views over the bay and beyond when you reach the top. Plus, the terrain will be much easier to tackle on the way back down! Wear comfy shoes, as the going can be steep and rocky in places; it’s not the right terrain for flip flops or high heels!
Nature lovers: From secluded coves to natural springs, Çeşme is brimming with natural beauty that’s ready and waiting for you to explore, and there are plenty of countryside trails to follow, too.
History buffs: You’ll love learning about the town’s Bronze Age past and the rise of the Ottoman Empire, as pass through historic remains around town. Go and see the beautifully restored castle, which dates back to the 14th century.
Foodies: Forget about end-of-the-night kebabs; head for the harbour where you’ll find juicy Turkish sausages and fresh seafood galore. If you feel like sharing, order a tasty meze platter.
Language: Turkish, with English spoken in most of the tourist spots and hotels.
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY).
Local time: Cesme is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. The transfer time to Cesme is 2 hours.
Flight time from UK: The Cesme flight time is 4 hours.
Visa & health: Before visiting Çeşme Izmir, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for visas and health recommendations and advice. You can apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
Temperature: Low 30s (°C) in the peak summer.
Best time to visit: Travel in the springtime, when it’s mild but not too hot.
Book Çeşme holidays before the summer season kicks in to enjoy warm spring temperatures in the mid-teens (°C). When the peak season arrives, you can expect glorious highs of 33 (°C) and there’s little to no chance of seeing rain; no wonder it’s the most popular time of the year to hit the beach. It’s slightly cooler in autumn, and winters remain pretty mild. But rain is likely at this time of year, so remember to pack a brolly.
On foot: It’s really easy to explore the resort and its attractions on foot. Find the main square and marina close to the castle, and just follow the street signs if you’re unsure where to go.
By dolmus: You’ll find these local minibuses running in Çeşme, Turkey, and it’s an affordable way to get to the surrounding resorts. Services run to Izmir every 45 minutes or so.
Alacati Herb Festival: Held every year in April, this event welcomes spring’s arrival, and you’ll have the chance to sample a wealth of traditional dishes using fresh herbs from the region.
Çeşme Sea and Music Festival: First held in 1989, this festival is a celebration of Turkish culture. You can expect world music performances, a swimming race, cocktail parties and more. It takes place at the end of June or in the first week of July.
Çeşme Marina Wine Festival: At the end of August or the beginning of September, you’ll have the chance to sample hundreds of types of wine from various producers, you’ll want to take it slow. There’s a series of concerts to enjoy, too.