Çeşme lies (~ 80 Km) west of Izmir on Turkey's Aegean coast, it is within easy reach of Izmir or Adanan Mendres International Airport (via a modern 6 lane highway) and can also be reached by ferry from the Italian port of Brindisi, or the Greek Island of Chios (in Turkish called Sakiz)
The name Çeşme (“Cheshme” derived from the Turkish word for Fountain) has always been a popular summer resort for the residents of nearby Izmir and over recent years the “secrets” of Çeşme have been discovered by an ever growing number of European tourists.
The region is a combination of rich agricultural land enclosing unspoiled turquoise bays with beaches of fine white sand and (as its name suggests) natural hot water springs.
Even though its history is largely unclear, information gathered from excavations and research done in the ancient city of Erythrai place its establishment around 3000BC.
If you decide to come, without any prompting, you will immediately feel at ease. The location is marked by cesme castle which is just in few meters neighborhood.
Cesme is just 10 mn by car to Alacati , ancient stone built structures, and their modern counterparts, bear testimony to the steady winds that have favored this region for centuries. Indeed, Alacati is a very special place. By day you'll enjoy the myriad of activities: wind-surfing, kiting, the beaches, and the historic surroundings. Then in the evening, when you return home with sun-warmed skin, the town is transformed into a chic, classy experience. Dresses come out, and fancy footwear is donned (despite the cobble streets). You'll sit amongst the ancient homes, in ancient streets, enjoying the distinctive food and flavors, while marveling at the beauty of this unmatched locale. Not to be missed is the spectacular Saturday market!
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