This popular coastal town is located in the Izmir Region on the western tip of Turkey. Cesme (meaning fountain) has a reputation for being a health resort where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday whilst recharging your batteries. This reputation comes from the nearby thermal springs at Ilica which reach far into the sea. The therapeutic hot mineral springs are located on the coastline, on the beach. These springs have a temperature of 58C and are believed to hold curative properties.
The resort offers accommodation to suit all budgets including family-run guest houses for cheap holidays, hotels, villas and pensions. Cesme also offers yachting holidays for those wishing to spend their time sailing on the crystal clear blue Mediterranean Sea.
Cesme Castle acts as the centre piece for the surrounding authentic Turkish restaurants, cafes and tea houses. Some of the best restaurants are found along the waterfront where diners can enjoy a romantic meal as they watch the sun setting across the sea.
The town’s miles of golden sandy beaches makes it very popular with visitors looking for beach holidays in the Mediterranean. South of the town is the long golden sandy beach of Pirlanta Plaj and Altinkum Plaj (Golden Beach) which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Pirlanta Plaj is extremely popular with surfers. The white sandy Buyuk Plaj Beach is popular with families due to its calm shallow waters which are warmed by natural thermal springs. Clark Plaj with its shallow waters is also very popular with families looking for a safe place for the children to swim. The remote, windswept beach of Alacati is popular with water sports fans including wakeboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts. Cesme plays host to International windsurfing competitions every year. Scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing are also very popular water sports in Cese. There are also beaches in the area with private beach clubs including the Seaside Beach Club at Piyade Cove.
Away from the beach you can enjoy an exciting visit to the Sunday market in Cesme and the Saturday market in Alacati. At the markets you can haggle with the vendors for Turkish rugs, leather goods, fake designer clothes, gifts and souvenirs, spices, fruit and vegetables. For a great day out the whole family will love a boat trip to the nearby Greek island of Chios and island hopping boat trips to explore the beaches and enjoy some snorkelling at the local islands. There are lots of day trip opportunities when holidaying in Cesme including visits to Sardis, Hierapolis and Pamukkale where ancient ruins can be seen alongside the mountains with frozen waterfalls. Other historical sites that are worthy of a visit whilst on your holidays to this popular resort are the ancient ruins at Pergamon and the museums at Izmir.
Cesme enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with long hot dry summers and mild wetter winters. The summer holiday season here lasts from April to October with temperatures averaging 28C and 300 days of sunshine. The peak season of July and August sees temperatures reaching 29C and a glorious 14 hours of sunshine a day. Sea temperatures during the peak season maintain a very pleasant 23C. Even September sees daytime highs of 26C and 11 hours of sunshine a day. Winter sees mild weather with the coolest month being January and the wettest month December.
For fantastic sun-filled holiday packages to Turkey you can’t go wrong with a relaxing break in Cesme.