Cesme travel guide

Weather and climate

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. 

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Çeşme Turkey is best for…

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.

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Fast facts

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/.

Holiday destinations related to Cesme:

  • Kusadasi
  • Ozdere
  • Getting around

    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.

    Events

    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.