Cesme Travel Guide

  • Ilica Beach
    Ilica Beach
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    Deck chairs, Umbrellas and the beach
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Cesme Highlights

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     Amazing beaches 

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     very crowded in summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     Amazing City 

Cesme Things to Do

  • The former Temple of Apollo.

    Climb the Theatre steps to the Acropolis to see the remains of a Greek Church and a former Temple of Apollo. The view of the Aegean bays and islands is spectacular from up here.

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  • Ancient Erythrae, the Ancient Greek...

    Visit the village of Ildiri, site of ancient Erythrae, renowned for the worship of Hercules.It is a few kilometres from Cesme.

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  • Dolmus to Alacati

    The minibus leaves from just through the main street of Cesme to Alacati fare 2.50 TL. When you get off the Dolmus turn right towards the windmills for the main areas.

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  • Cezayirli Hasan Pasha

    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...

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  • Tourist information

    Alas the web site is well out of date but it gives you an idea and at the office in town were big free brochures giving you lots of local info, alas now a bit smaller.Opening times Monday to Friday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, 13.00-17.30Saturday 09.00-12.00,13.00-17.00

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  • The Castle

    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...

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  • Castle

    Cesme Castle was built in 1508 by Ottoman Sultan Beyazit II. Walk around and check out the museum. Admission is charged.You can see it behind the customs office in the picture.

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  • Cruises

    Many day cruises charge average of 20,000,000 TL and itenrary is similar to below. Island Hopping: -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)Lunch:choice between Chicken/Beef or Fish. You pay for beverages. Entertainment: Live DJ and dancer if...

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  • A cruise......

    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...

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Cesme Restaurants

  • Local excellent food.

    Imren restaurant is in the main street of Cesme, close to the city's square.It is really popular with experienced staff, and a garden at the back.A pleasant atmosphere, low and excellent music that allows you to rest and enjoy your meal. It is worth visiting. I as always love the starters and the restaurant had various starters to choose from.I...

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  • Dont Miss the Fresh Seafood!!!!

    Dalyan is not the name of a restaurant. It is a gulf- lagoon close to Cesme. Think about...a small lagoon is surrounded by beautiful vacation homes on the hills and local fresh fish restaurants around the lagoon! Gorgeos at nights! At the weekends, it is harder to find a seat! It is a fashion in Cesme....to go to Dalyan, and eat fish! Fish!!!...

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Cesme Nightlife

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  • Cesme by Night

    Take a night stroll in the city of Cesme. The city is beautifully lit and you will love watching the coloured trees in the main street, and the Palm trees in the central square.The old Greek church of Aghios Charalambos is used as an exhibition centre now.

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  • not any specific name

    Nightlife is something else, Cesme boasts an indigenous population of 20,000 which swells to closer to 300,000 during the summer months. Cesme is also a favorite spot for Izmir's society to hang out. During the school holidays and at weekends, Izmir literally empties into Cesme and the surrounding region. This accounts for the numerous modern Bars...

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Cesme Transportation

  • Boats to/from Greece

    There are several boats to Greece, currently at 18.30 every evening, but sometimes in the mornings as well. They cost around 35 euro one way, 50 return fare (incl. taxes etc.). The boats are small but can take several cars, just come to the Customs house abit earlier.When in Chios (the Greek island opposite side) ask for information at the seafront...

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  • Chartered flights to Izmir

    If you wish to travel to Turkey and visit Izmir it is sure that you will want to explore Cesme as well. It is not very far, and below you will find information on flights coming to Izmir from the UK.Charter flights to Izmir (Adnan Menderes Airport) depart on Wednesdays and Thursdays from several UK airports.British Airways (www.ba.com) cheduled...

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  • Hire the BEST Tour Guide in Cesme !

    If you wish to have a private tour to the best parts and hidden treasures of Cesme, get in touch with David whom I consider to be a very experienced guide, trustworthy, and a very good and careful driver. Mr. David Chadwick and his wife Elaine will help you explore the Cesme Peninsula and beyond, in their air conditioned car. He is an excellent...

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Cesme Shopping

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  • Carpets and souvenirs

    I don't have any particular shop to point out, but generally speaking Cesme town itself is a "compact" and "bustling" collection of Souvenir, Leather, Carpet, Clothing, Footwear and Jewelry stores. You can buy anything according to your needs and taste. Expect to pay much less than in a European country, and be prepared to make a bargain.

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  • Carpets and Turkish Art.

    Cesme's prices are much cheaper than Istanbul. There are a whole assortment of Turkish products to buy. When buying carpets offer them half of what they ask and settle for 35 to 40 % of the retail price.

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Cesme Local Customs

  • Tea is Turk's favourite refreshing drink

    The local custom here is Tea drinking.Actually I was curious why they drink tea in hot climates, and I found out when on a trip to Egypt that these countries drink tea to be refreshed.We Europeans don't realize that if we drink something very cold...thinking that it will refresh us we accomplish just the opposite. We are refreshed in seconds the...

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  • Drinking Tea.

    Tea is drunk any time, all the time by Turks, and now me. It is taken from a small glass, the cost is usally 1 TL [ 42 p ], but did pay 0.50 TL and 1.50 TL. The local name for tea is Cay.

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Cesme Warnings and Dangers

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    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

    Cesme is located in Aeolian coast, and that means... wind. It is constant, in the beach, sometimes pleasant some other too strong.

    Though not strong enough to compromise the bath, water sports must adapt to that reality, and are frequently suspended.

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    • Windsurfing

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Cesme Tourist Traps

  • Dalyan traps

    Going to Dalyan was a small and pleasant trip from our hotel, and it is the best place to eat seafood. Fresh, tasteful, served with sympathy. But... after all this years travelling I didn't like that the fish was offered us without any reference to the price. There were prices in all menus, but the fish price was... a secret. And it all ended as...

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  • Beware when you buy Jewels in Turkey

    Don't get carried out when you find out that you can purchase jewellery in a very low price.It can be fake. Be sure to buy from a central shop, and see the number of carat written at the back. Avoid buying jewells from streets.I recommend that you get a garantee of the item you buy, and a receipt at well. If you are afraid to purchase jewells at...

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Cesme Off The Beaten Path

  • A Beach Club-Restaurant that will amaze...

    Paparazzi is found in a superb location with a blue flag bay and a jetty set in natural surroundings. Its beautiful surrounding gardens with daisies, grape vines, and bougainvillea makes it unique in its kind. It is an example of how a Beach Club-Restaurant business can ran without spoiling the nature or creating noise. It is a very popular spot,...

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  • Ilica Beach

    One of the most beautiful beaches in Cesme.An endless sandy beach with white sands and turquoise waters.

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  • The popular Altinkum Beach

    Don't miss spending at least a day at the popular beach of Altinkum.White sands, and crystal turquoise waters.

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Cesme Favorites

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    Leather jacket

    by greekcypriot Updated Jun 2, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Bargaining is a must in Turkey.
    I would advise that you do practice this (sport). You never know.
    You can bargain on jewells, carpets, leather bags and coats, even in smaller shops.

    I have heard that the owners of such shops expect you to bargain, so the price you hear can at lest go down to 35 even 40%.

    Good luck!

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