CHESME THE FORMER GREEK VILLAGE OF ERYTHRAE
"Two Busy Days of Touring in Cesme"
After breakfast we visit “Ildiri” which was another Greek Ionian city called
“Erytrai” built around the 11th century BC.
At first I thought that we would spend one night with our friends and leave early the following morning, but we were told that the ferry from Cesme to Chios does not leave earlier than 6 o’clock in the afternoon. So we are having 2 whole days with the company of our friends.
We are guests visiting our British friends, David and Elaine who live here.
David is waiting for us at the port. (Hugs and Kisses)……! We get in the car leaving behind the rather reserved resort centre of Cesme, and David wants to show us a bit of the coastal area and his little village “Ciftlikkoy” before driving us home. Life here is easygoing, with a few small shops, a bakery, some restaurants overlooking the Aegean, and a picturesque harbour. No wonder that our friends have picked this place !!
This place here is very popular and the old town (Alacati) still has Greek houses built before Turkey was founded.
Latest settlements started the 18th century. Ancient Erythrae was renowned for the worship of Hercules.
"Erythrae - Greek Village"
We climb up the Theatre steps to the Acropolis to see the remains of a Greek Church and a former Temple of Apollo.
The village is renowned for the worship of Hercules.
We have some spectacular views over the Aegean bays and islands.
We drive next to the popular beach of Ilica with white sand and lovely beaches.