Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (1713-1790), (Hasan Pasha of Algiers) was an Ottoman grand vizier, Kaptan Pasha and an army commander of the late 18th century. He begun his naval carriere as a sailor wirh the Barbary Coast pirates based in Algiers (thence his name, Cezayirli meaning from Algiers in Turkish) on the service of Bey of Algier. He rose through the ranks of the Ottoman naval hierarchy.
He was a fleet commander during the Naval Battle of Chesma (Cesme) and could extirpate the forces depending him from the general disaster for the Turkish navy there. In the Russian-Turkish War of 1787-1791, Hasan Pasha, then 85, was commanding the Turkish troops in the beginning of the campaigns and was killed in combat in 1790.
His statue garnishes today Cesme, along with that of the lion that he had domesticated while in Africa and that he took along with him everywhere, creating quite an impression.
Alas the web site is well out of date but it gives you an idea and at the office in town were big free brochures giving you lots of local info, alas now a bit smaller.
Opening times Monday to Friday 08.30-12.00, 13.00-17.30
Restored and almost disappointing but the views are worth it. Built in 1508 during the reign of Sultan Beyazit 2nd and displays some artifacts from Erythrai and around in the archaeology museum. Also a small naval museum just near the entrance also, which is probably the best bit.
Entrance is 2ytl for adults.
See travelogues for more pictures and views from the castle.
Many day cruises charge average of 20,000,000 TL and itenrary is similar to below.
-Donkey Island (40 wild donkeys on an island) There isn't much to see besides the donkeys.
-Black Island (nice swim)
-Blue Lagoon (nice swim and view)
choice between Chicken/Beef or Fish.
You pay for beverages.
Live DJ and dancer if you're lucky.
All along the waterfront you will also find Turkish Gulets (wooden sailing boats) touting their daily cruises, mainly to the Donkey Island and taking in swim stops at secluded lagoons where you can cool off and dive in crystal clear Aegean waters. The price for the 8-hour cruise includes lunch, which is typically Barbecued Fish, Bread, Salad, Fruit and wine or a soft drink but meat and chicken dishes are also available.
If you opt for a cruise, it is advisable to take some Sun protection, a Hat, Sun Oil and Sun Block, preferably waterproof. 8 Hours on board with little or no shade is a lot of exposure to take. During the cruise you will also get a chance to snorkel so if you have the equipment take it along. One final word of caution is please be wary of Sea Urchins. If you have them wear swim shoes, Urchins are painful if you step on them and the spines are difficult to remove. If you do fall foul to an Urchin attack do yourself a favor and seek expert advice.
Budget permitting, you can also hire a Gullet for the day in which case you can cruise the lagoons at your own pace Swim, Scuba, Fish and Relax. The captains know the surrounding waters like the back of their own hands and are able to advise what is of interest
The Castle is now used to house an Exhibition Center / Art Gallery, Restaurant and Bar whilst the Karavan Saray is a Hotel and Restaurant. It’s worth taking a walk around the Castle or even having a meal or drink in there, the place is full of atmosphere and there is a collection of Cannons, Stone Cannon Balls and other weaponry to interest the kids.
For the more adventurous ones, breaking away from the main shopping street you can find a warren of side roads and alleyways to explore and take in the architecture of Old Cesme. You needn’t worry too much about getting lost though, just head towards the sea and you will soon recalibrate your position.
During the day there are plenty of places to visit, in and around the Cesme Peninsular, Historical Villages, Thermal Pools and Secluded Bays. In the larger settlements of Alacati, Dalyan and Ilica you can find shopping and all manner of water sports. Further afield but within easy reach of a day trip you can find Ephesus, the House of the Virgin Mary, Bergama and the cosmopolitan City of Izmir.
I am thinking some of you are going, "What the heck is a beach club?" Well in the last 3-4 years Turkish enterprenuers came up with this idea that are great for many domestic tourists, who wants to be hanging out in a private/isolated beach along with certain type of selected crowd. Since the gap between the rich and the poor is getting bigger and bigger in Turkey every day, the people with more money are willing to spend more in these certain places, that makes them feel more comfortable. One of the best ways to seperate these two kinds of crowds are to have these beach clubs in locations where you can't access easily. You need to drive there to begin with, and once you get there, you'll usually have to pay a cover charge and go through the friendly & professional bodyguards. One more time - these places are charging excessive amounts of money for drinks and food, so it only attracts people with certain amount of money and are willing to spend it there with no problems. Seaside Beach Club is just one of them.
Down by the harbour, you can arrange a boat trip anytime you like. And I must say that you have to try this! Its very cheap and you get some great food on the trip. You also meet a lot of places where you can swim. The people on the boats are very great and very helpfull. Dont miss it!! Its a must if you go to Cesme!
If you go to Cesme I can recommend this hotel Bayram Otel. Its small but it has a lot of charme and the people who work there, are so nice and friendly. You feel like living among your family. Dont let the size afraid you. You are defently going to have a great time if you stay there.
Cesme is a city, where all the rich turkish people are staying in the summer holiday. It is a city that has a lot of charme and a lot of good food, beaches and attractions just around the corner. You cannot miss this if you are going to Turkey!
Ilica beach (Buyuk plaj) is the best when it is not so windy and when there are no waves. It is so clear, so white and very comfortable sands. The sea is so shallow for about 200 feet, you can play water sports and fool around while you are still enjoying the water. I will not trade Ilica beach in a nice day to even Hawaii beaches..!! (I lived in Honolulu for 1.5 yrs now, trust me, I know what I'm talking about)
The beaches of Cesme are ideal for water sports. Especially Alacati is famous for its good location for wind surfing.
The best beaches in the area are Pirlanta Plaj and Altinkum which are located in the south of the center.
I found this statistics from a website. It should give you and idea why I consider Cesme's weather better than any where else in the world that I've been to. (Including Honolulu and Southern California) I don't remember it ever raining (or a day without major sunshine) between May and end of September. This fact is the reason for majority of the restaurants, cafes, bars and discos to be open air. All summer long everyone plans for all kinds of weddings and parties never having to worry about the possible percipitation. I remember when my American frined Richard came to Cesme he found this very odd and kept on asking me what if it rains? what's going to happen to all these equipment and all the preperations? I naturally responded, "It just never rains in summer".
Ilica beach in Cesme gets a lot of wind. This also causes up to 1-2 foot waves, unlike any other beach in Turkish coast in Aegean and Mediteranean sea that I've seen. One more major characteristic of Ilica beach is that it probably has the warmest waters in Turkey at any given time. This is due to the hot springs in and around Cesme.