Cesme

Travel Guide

This lively little resort town features a Genoese castle, an attractive seafront promenade, lots of reasonably priced dining options and nearby beaches.

A much-loved seaside getaway resort for Izmirians and Europeans, Çeşme possesses an attractive harbor area, several historic landmarks and a lively town center filled with shops and restaurants. Learn about the port’s Bronze Age, Roman and Ottoman history in its landmark Genoese castle and relax on secluded bays and in hot springs.

Get acquainted with local history at Çeşme Museum, housed inside a landmark 16th-century fortress. Explore the exhibits inside, which feature fascinating archaeological finds, including tools from the nearby Bağlararası Bronze Age settlement as well as Roman-era objects. Displays in the museum’s tower house focus on the pivotal Battle of Çeşme naval confrontation, which took place here during the Russo-Turkish War and resulted in the defeat of the Ottoman fleet. Outside the fortress stands the Statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa, a former slave who rose through the ranks to become an admiral after the Battle of Çeşme.

Explore the newer side of Çeşme with a walk around the modern Çeşme Marina. Marvel at the sleek yachts parked here. During summer, the marina buzzes with life as travelers fill its many restaurants and cafés.

Key to Çeşme’s appeal is its proximity to beautiful beaches. Head to lively Ayayorgi Koyu to party in beach clubs or rent snorkeling gear and charter a boat out to Mavi Koy, a serene cove with crystal clear waters. The area cannot be accessed by land. Try surfing with the wind and waves of Pırlanta Plajı. Ilıca Plajı, meanwhile, has thermal springs and mud baths and good conditions for windsurfers too.

To get to Çeşme, fly into the airport in İzmir, located about 60 miles (90 kilometers) away. Turkish minibuses, known as dolmuş, run regularly between İzmir and Çeşme. Ferries also run between Çeşme and the Greek island of Chios. The town itself is compact and easily walkable. Visit during the Çeşme Marina Wine Festival in August, when you can taste locally made wines from regional producers.

Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
Boyalik Mevkii 3200 Sokak No. 1, Cesme, Izmir
The price is AU$67 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Boyalık Mahallesi hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rooms Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Ilica Beach. Boyalık Beach and Ayayorgi Bay are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (447 reviews)
"Every thing was perfect but the room service was bad when answering the phone but good when they bring the stuff."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Boyalik Beach Hotel & Spa
Altin Yunus Cesme
Altin Yunus Cesme
5 out of 5
Boyalik Mevkii Kalemburnu, Cesme, Izmir
The price is AU$92 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Altınyunus Mahallesi hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Boyalık Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Ilica Beach. Rooms Beach and Aqua Toy City ...
3.7/5 Good! (416 reviews)
"The beach is amazing, the staff is professional."

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 2021

Altin Yunus Cesme
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
5 out of 5
Altinyunus mah 3435 Sok No. 25, Cesme, Izmir
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$87 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Altınyunus Mahallesi, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Aqua Toy City and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Ilica Beach. Boyalık ...
3.9/5 Good! (757 reviews)
"Location is good. Pool is very large and clean."

Reviewed on 23 Aug. 2021

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
AEGEAN Apartments - Bungalows
AEGEAN Apartments - Bungalows
Alaçati, Hurmali Küme Evler No.63, Cesme, Izmir
The price is AU$57 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated in Cesme, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Oasis Aquapark and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Ilica Beach. Pazaryeri Mosque and Alaçatı Çarşı are also ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Sehr sauber, Personal gut erreichbar kommunikation einwandfrei, lage ruhig jedoch alles in der Nähe zu erreichen.Wir haben 5 Nächte dort verbracht und sind sehr zufrieden gewesen.Jederzeit wieder und zu empfehlen!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

AEGEAN Apartments - Bungalows
Kekik Apart Otel
Kekik Apart Otel
16 Eylül Mahallesi, 3048 Sokak, No:11/A, Cesme, Izmir
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is steps away from Cesme Marina, Ayios Haralambos Church and Cesme Museum. Cesme Castle and Cesme Open Air Theatre are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Otel apart otel olarak geçiyor.Çalışanlar çok ilgiliydi kahvaltısı ortalama bir kahvaltıydı.Ama temizlik olarak güven verici odaya girmden koridordan temizlik kokuları sabun kokuları geliyordu.Çok beğendik bizim için temizlik çok önemli.Konum olarak Çeşme merkezde ulaşım rahat herkese tavsiye ..."

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2021

Kekik Apart Otel
Quattordici Residence
Quattordici Residence
16 Eylul Mah. 3014. Sk. No 77, Cesme
The price is AU$89 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Cesme, this beachfront residence is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Cesme Marina, Ayios Haralambos Church and Cesme Museum. Cesme ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"It was very clean, best view, very spacious, had everything we needed"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2019

Quattordici Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Cities near Cesme