The small Turkish town of Cesme is widely known in narrow circles of military history buffs. It was on its shores in the summer of 1770 that the Russian Mediterranean squadron virtually destroyed the Turkish fleet during the Peloponnesian uprising of the Greeks against the Ottoman Empire. The liberation struggle of the inhabitants of the Pelopones peninsula was then actively supported by the Russian emperor. Today, the Turkish resort looks quite peaceful and is popular with fans of beach holidays. On its shores, divers also become frequent guests - the sea here is so clean that you can do underwater research throughout the swimming season. If you are looking for something to see in Cesme in moments free from marine entertainment, focus more on the neighboring major resorts. There are few attractions in the town itself, but Ephesus and Bergama, rich in interesting places, are quite accessible from here for day trips.
The old town in Cheshma winds its narrow streets along a hill and runs to the sea. Its quarters are protected by ancient fortress walls built at the beginning of the 16th century during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Bayezit II. The construction of the fortress was dictated by vital necessity: in 1472 and 1501, military units of the Venetian Republic attacked Cesme and tried to capture the city.
Initially, the castle was built at the very edge of the water, but the gradual retreat of the sea as a result of alluvial deposits of soil led to the fact that today the fortress rises at a sufficient distance from the coastline - about 200 meters to the west.
On the plan, the castle has a rectangular shape. The walls are reinforced with six bastions, and ditches that were once filled with water were dug on three sides of the castle perimeter. The fortress walls are made of ashlar. Their width in places reaches several meters. Cogs crown the top of the walls, and to get inside the fortress, visitors pass through one of several preserved gates.
You can look at the Cesme fortress both with a guided tour, and during the music festival, which is arranged at the resort annually.
The Cesme Museum cannot boast of too much exposure, but everyone who is interested in history will be interested in looking at its collection.
The museum operates in the north tower of the fortress, which is the architectural dominant of the historical part of the city. It was first opened in 1965, and the main theme of his exposition was ancient weapons. Unfortunately, due to the peculiarities of the climate, high humidity was noted in the premises of the fortress, and ancient exhibits were transferred to other museums in the country, where more suitable conditions were created for them. But the Cesme Museum continued its work, reorienting to another specialization.
Today, the museum exhibits exhibits found during archaeological research in Cesme and the surrounding areas. In one of the halls, viewers are presented with artifacts dating from the Roman and Byzantine eras - terracotta figurines, ceramic items, oil lamps, jewelry. Part of the exposition is dedicated to archaeological rarities found during excavations of the ancient city of Erifra. You will see coins and amphorae, items made of silver and clay.
The organizers of the museum paid great attention to the battle of Cesme, which forever changed the balance of power in the Mediterranean and became the beginning of the Greek liberation uprising from the Pelopones. On the stands of the military hall there are maps and posters, flags of the ships participating in the battle, and objects found on sunken ships.
Hassan Pasha Monument
The fate of the Great Vizier and the Ottoman Kapudan Pasha, Gazi Hassan, was very unusual, and his current contribution to the development of the military affairs of the Ottoman Empire is still being studied in detail by the current cadets of naval academies. The son of a slave from Georgia, he was bought on a slave market by a Turkish merchant who raised a boy along with his own sons.
Ghazi Hassan received the nickname Jazirli for service in Algeria, and one of his main battles was the very battle of Cesme. The finest hour of the future Great Vizier of the Ottoman Empire struck at the moment when the commander of the Turkish fleet went ashore and Gazi Hassan had to take responsibility. Later, he founded the Turkish Naval Academy and led the military operations of the Turks at the initial stage of the war with the Russian Empire in 1787-1792.
In Cesme, at the entrance to the fortress, there is a monument to Jesirli Gazi Hassan Pasha. The great vizier is depicted with his hand lion, whom he brought from Algeria. The author of the sculpture is Academician of the State College of Fine and Applied Arts of Turkey Haluk Tesonar. The master cast Hassan Pasha from bronze in 1974.
One of the well-known dozen Ionian cities of Asia Minor, Erifra was located on a small peninsula two dozen kilometers northeast of modern Cesme opposite the Greek island of Chios. Erephra, according to ancient historians, was founded by Cretan colonists who left the island. In the VII century. BC e. The eruphras reached their peak and entered into the Panionic Union. In the 4th century BC e. Alexander of Macedon entered the city and the city, thanks to him, became free from any alliances and obligations.
In the second century BC e. Eerifra thrived and traded wine, timber, goat meat, and skins and millstones with the surrounding regions. The latter were "branded" goods from Erifr and were delivered to various cities in Greece and the Roman Empire.
During the period of special prosperity, the townspeople built many temples, shrines and luxuriously decorated villas.
After the destruction and earthquakes, most of the structures turned into ruins, but you can still look at the former splendor in Erifra today. During the tour from Cesme you will see the fortress walls of the Hellenistic period, the ruins of the amphitheater, the remains of Byzantine buildings. The most significant monuments of ancient architecture in Erifra are the Greek theater, the altar for sacrifices and dating from the II century. Roman villa with mosaic flooring.
Typical residential buildings in Cesme and surrounding cities are called Sakız. They are built in the same style, which was adopted by the Turks in architecture from the 19th to the middle of the 20th centuries. Built over a century ago, Sakız houses are still successfully used in small resort towns along the Aegean coast.
These buildings are characterized by fairly narrow overall dimensions of the front facade. Usually a house has two floors, on the second - most often there is a balcony in the shape of a rectangular bay window with carved cornices. The minimum space inside the house provides a natural temperature balance - a special microclimate is created in Sakız houses, which makes it comfortable to feel both in the summer in the heat and in the winter, when the humidity is quite high.
The purest water of the Aegean Sea, beaches of grandiose length with sand of impeccable cleanliness rightfully made Cesme one of the best places for recreation. The absence of any noticeable currents gives the peninsula the status of a paradise for surfers. Particularly convenient for this are Altinkum and Pirlanta - the beaches of the southern part of Cesme.
Genoese fortress Cesme
Cesme Central Square with a complex name Kumhuriyyet-Maidany famous for its beautiful flower ensembles and ancient buildings. Three main streets of the city depart from it. Esplanade Street runs along the coast, then goes to a small fishing port and, continuing along the beach, reaches a cape called Uchburunlar.
In the center of Cesme rises world famous eponymous city Cesme fortress (or Genoese fortress) was built in the 14th century by the Genoese and in 1508-1509, restored and partially rebuilt by Sultan Bayazid II. In the 17th century, the fortress was destroyed by the Venetians, but in the 18th century it was restored by the efforts of the Turks. At first, the fortress was very close to the coastline, but thanks to the development of the city, today the fortress is moved away from the sea by several blocks. There are many Ottoman features in the architecture of the fortress, the southern gate is very beautiful. The architect of the fortress - the famous Ahmed-oglu Mehmet created the fortress on the territory of approximately eleven thousand seven hundred square meters. The fortress is divided into external and internal parts. Three sides of the fortress are framed by a moat, as well as two ramparts. The fourth part during construction was adjacent to the coastline. The inside of the fortress is protected by a third rampart, in which there are two passageways leading to the central courtyard.
Cesme fortress was used as a military base and a trading port for the seaport. Inside the fortress is the Archaeological Museum, which is open for tourists to visit. Ancient exhibits found in Eritrea are exhibited here (open for excursions from Thursday to Sunday, working hours are 8.30-12.00 and 13.00-17.30, entrance is paid). The fortress also has a small museum, an ancient theater and a fashionable restaurant with sea views.
Cesme is also famous for its two-story caravanseraibuilt during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. The building is built in the shape of the letter "P", with a large and beautiful courtyard. Currently, the caravanserai works as a comfortable hotel.
To the north of it, in the old quarters, is a 17th century Greek basilica Agios Aralambos. The building was built of stones; an art gallery is now open on the second floor of the church. The ancient basilica has many preserved frescoes. Various meetings, presentations and conferences are held here.
Agios Konstantinos Church was built in the village of Alacati at the end of the 19th century. The church was later rebuilt and given it the status of a mosque called the Pazareri Mosque. The church is built of stones. The temple has both internal and external arches. In the western part there are two-storey vestibule galleries. In front of the altar is a beautiful marble iconostasis made by a skilled craftsman. The first floor of the gallery is limited to an arcade, where now there are small shops. In the galleries, a women's chapel has been tripled. The flooring of the courtyard is made of black and white stone in the form of a geometric pattern.
The Anatolians, once the rulers of the city of Cesme, had an interesting tradition of building open fountains. Fountains were needed in order to make it easier to transfer heat to the population, as well as for an aesthetic purpose. There is a legend that it was thanks to the fountains that the city was named Cesme.
Cesme also attracts tourists with its resort complexes and spa centers located along the bay. Here you can relax, improve your body, you can arrange shopping, go in for sports. In addition, it is in Cesme that the best surfing center of Turkey is located, as winds blow constantly near Cape Fener.
For lovers of mineral springs, we can advise you to go to Yıldzha and Shifne, where you will have at your service thermal baths and pools, unique springs. Mineral waters of Cesme are not inferior to the best sources of the Caucasus and Germany.
Historical and geographical characteristic
The city of Cesme does not have such an interesting ancient history as Izmir or Side. The city was founded in the 11th century BC. as one of the Ionian ports on the eastern coast of the Aegean. The ancient Greeks called it Kissos, and the Romans called Ziese. In 190 BC in the bay, the Romans defeated the fleet of the Seleucid ruler Antiochus III. The modern name comes from the Persian language and means “fountain”. Ancient Ottoman fountains are really scattered throughout the city. In the Middle Ages they were ruled by the Byzantines, Arabs, Seljuk Turks, again the Byzantines, and by the 15th century the Ottomans took control of the region.
In the Ottoman period, one significant historical event occurred near the city of Cesme - a naval battle in 1770. At the same time, two notable buildings were built - the castle under Sultan Bayazid II and the caravanserai at Suleiman the Magnificent.
At the beginning of the 20th century, wealthy residents of Izmir began to buy country houses and residences in it. The city became a major tourist destination by the end of the 20th century. It is loved not only by foreigners, but also by the Turks themselves, including the intelligentsia and officials. This affects the average cost of hotels, the city is known as a fashionable resort. In the 21st century, it has earned a reputation as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world.
In addition to tourism, its specialization is the extraction of marble and lime, as well as raising livestock, production of lamb, wool, meat and milk.
Near Cesme, pistachios are grown and made from them jam, desserts, ice cream and sauces. The coastline around the city has a length of 90 kilometers, in the vicinity of the city there are many bays, beaches, thermal baths.
It is useful to know the distance in kilometers to the nearest cities:
- Izmir - 85.
- Bodrum - 320.
- Marmaris - 340.
- Canakkale (Troy) - 420.
- Antalya - 540.
- Istanbul - 590.
- Alanya - 670.
- Ankara - 690.
- Trabzon - 1520.
Cesme is interesting in that it has many twin cities, including in the countries of the former USSR: Semey. Aktobe, Serpukhov, Talas.
Bay near the city
Cesme has a Mediterranean climate, that is, a combination of cool and rainy winters with dry and hot summers. The average temperature in the city ranges from 8-11 degrees in the winter months and in March. In November and April, it is 15 degrees, and in the warm season - from May to October, the spread can be from 28 to 38 degrees. Peaks in July and August. In the hottest years, the temperature in summer can be 42-43 degrees. From November to March, negative temperatures are also possible.
Precipitation falls mainly between November and April. In this season, the number of rainy days is from 8 to 12. In May and October, on average, 5 rainy days, and in the summer and in September - 1-2. Most precipitation falls in December - 140 mm, by March their amount drops to 75 mm. In April and October, the amount of precipitation is approximately the same - 43-45 mm. In summer, only 2 mm of precipitation may fall, in July, for example.
When is the best time to travel to Cesme? For windsurfing, the most favorable time is July-August, when the wind is stronger, but in general the season lasts from June to October. The same months are suitable for swimming, but it should be remembered that in summer the heat and the highest prices for the night, and in October - the velvet season. Just for the purpose of exploring the city in Cesme, you can come for a couple of days in April, when it is moderately warm.
The color of the sea near Cesme
How to get there
Despite its small size, this small city can be reached in three ways.
Apart from the nearest Izmir, it is convenient to get to Cesme by bus from Istanbul. The trip will take 7-8 hours, the ticket price will be from 1000 rubles. With famous carriers, for example, Ulusoy and Metro, it reaches 1400. You can get to Izmir for 800 rubles, there are much more flights, because the city is large. There are also many flights from Ankara, about 1000 rubles per ticket.
Cesme ferries depart from the neighboring Greek island of Chios. The trip takes about an hour, and a ticket costs 25 euros one way and 40 euros round trip. Sometimes large cruise liners call at the port. As a rule, in the warm season, from June to October. The terminal for them is located at Atadag Caddesi. 20 minutes from the castle to go.
Cove with ships
The nearest airport is Izmir. He alone is one of the largest in Turkey. It lands regular and seasonal flights. The latter include, for example, Turkish low-cost airlines Freebird and Pegasus Airlines. They operate flights from provincial Turkish cities and unusual European capitals, such as Sarajevo. The airport accepts flights from many countries, from Ireland in the west, Finland in the north, Saudi Arabia and Oman in the south and to Iran in the east. From the countries of the former USSR, one can fly to it from Kiev and Baku. One of the most unusual seasonal flights is from the resort town of Salalah in southern Oman.
From the airport you can come to the city by taxi, shuttle, metro and bus. A taxi ride costs about 500 rubles. Buses No. 200, 202 and 204 and the Havas shuttle run to the city center. The bus ride will take 60-90 minutes, and the trip will cost from 100 to 250 rubles.Not far from the terminal is the platform of the underground metro line. On this type of transport, you can also get to the center of Izmir, and then in Cesme you need to go by bus, it costs about 100 rubles.
The airport itself is modern and beautiful. It has two terminals - international and for domestic flights. At the airport there is a hotel, lounge areas, parking, duty-free.
Due to the small size of the city, the choice of public transport is minimal. Only taxis and minibuses dolmush. The latter sometimes travel to the suburbs, that is, the villages of Ildyry, Alachaty, which are most interesting for tourists.
Cesme panorama at night
Where to stay?
Cesme has a fairly large selection of hotels for every taste. One of the best is Radisson Blu Resort & Spa. It has two pools, indoor and outdoor, as well as a spa. The hotel is located 5 kilometers from the old town. For prices for overnight stay, it is one of the most expensive in Cesme - from 165 euros.
Mai Hotel is 500 meters from the castle. It has a gift shop and guests can rent cars and bicycles. In the high season, two nights for two guests in a budget room will cost about 9000 rubles with breakfast (700 rubles). This room has a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, iron, mosquito net, refrigerator, towels, slippers, heating, clothes dryer. The room is decorated in a marine style, in white and blue tones, for example, white walls and a blue headboard.
There are also rooms with a balcony and a large bed (“queen-size”) and Deluxe with two beds - a single and a double. Three people can be settled in the latter. In the high season, two nights for two guests cost 15 thousand rubles.
Villa Fanti is 200 meters from the fortress. It has a bar, a private terrace, bike rental. The rooms are decorated in retro style - white walls, lights and antique mirrors, wood-like bathrooms. The hotel prepares good coffee; the view can open to the sea and the city.
Of the boutique hotels with few rooms and a patio, Marissa is worth mentioning. It has a beautiful retro-style design, such as a “lock” and several other options. It serves a great breakfast.
Hotel Cesme Marina is useful for tourists because it is adjacent to the yacht club, supermarket, laundry, shops and restaurants. It has everything necessary for living.
From cheap places to sleep, it is worth noting the Mari Gold Hostel. You can spend the night in a common room (male or female) with air conditioning, a mirror and a shared shower. On the territory there is a courtyard for breakfast and parties. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi. Breakfast costs $ 5, and a transfer to the airport costs $ 7.
One of the features of Cesme hotels is that the staff in them rarely speak Russian. This resort is different from others that are popular with Russian-speaking tourists (Antalya, Alanya, Kemer).
Alacati also has a good choice of overnight stays. For example, the Yukari Hotel has only 4 guest rooms, but the building is 180 years old! The small Hotel MaSaLa has six rooms, while the Alacati Kapari has 22, but it has a new building in 2011, built with a pool, fitness and spa. Umit Ev Hotel offers an organic breakfast (products from its own garden), boat excursions and a free shuttle service around the beaches.
There are many catering establishments in Cesme. If the price does not include meals, you can have a meal in one of the following establishments:
- Dodici An institution with traditional Ottoman pastries. In it you can order ice cream, chocolate, coffee.
- Burger King and Starbucks. A popular food chain, American fast food.
- Baba Pizza. Italian pizza in turkish style.
- Ferdi Baba, Verano and Kopru Bistro. Mediterranean Kitchen.
- Komsu Firin. Bakery.
- Kumrucu Huseyin and Kofteci Ramiz. Turkish cuisine.
- Sir Winston Pub. Irish Pub.
Among the inexpensive catering establishments in the blocks north of the castle, it is worth noting the following:
- Rumeli Pastanesi. Open from 10 in the morning, they have inexpensive ice cream, from 15 rubles per spoon.
- Fatih. Open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., it serves various options for pita cakes with fillings.
Near the embankment there are more reputable establishments where you can try warm Kumru sandwiches. They are made from bread with garlic, salami, Turkish sausage, fried cheese, tomatoes. Vegetarian versions with green pepper come across. Ketchup and mayonnaise have not been added to them. From local ice cream it is interesting to try options with honey, almonds and black currants.
Cesme is not the best place to shop. Due to the resort specialization of the city, prices may be higher than Istanbul. However, there is a certain variety in retail outlets. Tobacco products are available at Ak Marin Tobacco, and children's clothing is sold at the B&G Store. Men's items are sold at the Bluemint store. Jewelry can be purchased at Crush Fine Jewelry, and sunglasses at Cio Marina. D&R sells books and music, while Green Parrot sells children's goods.
Samples of Turkish decorative art can be bought at Istifci and home textiles at Madame Coco. Various items and accessories are sold at Pianura Marine, Polo Garage and Paul & Shark. In Cesme there are supermarkets of chains popular in Turkey - Carrefour and Migros. They can buy products for everyday food and take home with you as a souvenir, for example, a kilogram of tea. In Turkey, a solid assortment of souvenirs: spices, sweets, tea and coffee, clothes and dishes, cards and books.
Ancient buildings in the city
Attractions and entertainment
The main attraction of Cesme is the castle, which was built at the turn of the XV and XVI centuries by Sultan Bayazid II. The fortification has been perfectly preserved; it looks photogenic at sunset. The castle has six towers, a moat on three sides and battlements. Inside it are two historical museums. The subjects of the expositions are archaeological finds from the nearest ancient Greek cities and materials on the events of the Russian-Turkish war. The castle also hosts various events, for example, the International Music Festival in early July.
The square in front of the castle is decorated with a statue of Jesirli Gazi Hassan Pasha. He was one of the commanders of the Ottoman fleet in the Chesme battle and died 20 years after it. The admiral's statue is set next to the sculpture of his beloved lion.
Next to the castle is the building of the Ottoman caravanserai, which was built a little later, already at Suleiman the Magnificent in 1528. Now it has one of the boutique hotels in the city.
The building of the Greek Orthodox Church Agios Charalambos was built in the 19th century and is now used for temporary exhibitions, presentations and conferences.
Opposite the castle on the pier at the customs office is a tourist information office. It is open all days of the week from approximately 9 am to 5 pm. There you can get free brochures with information about the region's attractions.
Old Cesme Street
From the castle you should take a walk to the marina of Cesme Marina. It was built in 2011 and is equipped with a 90-meter breakwater. Then you can continue walking around the old city. At the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, many neoclassical buildings were built in it.
One of the inconspicuous sights of Cesme is the monument to Chuck Bay. He went down in history as the creator of the first Seljuk fleet in 1081. The monument should be sought on a hill near the cemetery. Lane 2208 from the D-300 highway leads to it. A turn should be sought near the supermarket Migros and Cesme Marina.
In addition to sightseeing, in Cesme you can swim and sunbathe on the many beaches, as well as diving, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Of the beaches it is worth noting Altinkum in 9 kilometers of the city and Pasha-Liman near healing springs.
Discos are held on the shore of Ayia Yorgi Bay, and other popular nightly entertainment is boat trips around the islands.
Not far from the city is the village of Alacati. In it you can admire the old windmills and modern windmills, as well as windsurfing. There is a school on the beach where they teach this sport. Not far from Alacati - in the village of Ilija there are thermal springs, their temperature is 58 degrees.
Yldyr is located 20 kilometers northeast of Chemshe. It is suitable for a day trip. The ruins of the ancient Greek city of Eritrea have been preserved in Yldir. They are scattered over a large territory and cover a hill with a beautiful view of the sea. The city itself is still little affected by the tourist boom, but it has a pebble beach, several hotels, a cafe and a fish restaurant.
Beach in Cesme
What else do you need to know about vacation?
Depending on the purpose of the trip, in Cesme you can spend a couple of days and stay longer to windsurf, visit the festival, take a ferry trip to the island of Chios. It will be interesting to travel to neighboring cities - Izmir, Kusadasi and Selcuk.
Aegean Sea near Cesme
In Cesme there are enough places, hotels and cafes, with Wi-Fi. You can call Russia using the options of mobile operators, for example, “Zabugorishte” from MTS or “My Abroad” from Beeline.
How to get there
It is best to get to Cesme by plane, while there are flights both from Moscow and from St. Petersburg. It is quite difficult to get to Cesme by car, bus and train.
To get to Cesme by plane, you should use the Adnan Menderes International Airport, 16 km from the neighboring city of Izmir.
From Moscow to Izmir you can fly to:
- charter flight of Royal Flight and Ural Airlines, the price is from 150 USD one way and from 300 USD round-trip.
- flight with a transfer in Istanbul by Pegasus Airlines (Sheremetyevo) and Turkish Airlines (Vnukovo), the price is from 100 USD, as well as the low-cost airline Onur Air (Zhukovsky) - from 70 USD one way.
From St. Petersburg to Izmir you can fly:
- flight with a change in Istanbul by Turkish Airlines (Pulkovo), price - from 190–220 USD one way.
- with a transfer in Baku from Azal (Azerbaijan Airlines) - from 100 USD one way.
This airport has several daily flights to Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya. Ticket prices on current dates can be found here.
It’s not easy to get to Cheshma from Russia by car; most of them do not dare to make this trip because of its complexity and duration.
There are two daily ferries from Cesme from the Greek island of Chios, the trip takes a little more than an hour and costs 25 EUR one way or 40 EUR round trip, there are tickets with an open return date of 50 EUR. In order to get to Chios without a Schengen, you must first go to a travel agency to apply for a visa 3 days before the trip.
When is the season. When is the best time to go?
Cesme is located on the Aegean Sea, which means it has a completely different atmosphere and climate than the Mediterranean resorts. The best time here, of course, is summer, from July 1 to October 1, when the water in the sea and the weather are as favorable as possible for a beach holiday. In high season, there are a lot of people on the beaches, but on the huge main beach of Ilica there will always be a couple of completely empty places. I would advise you not to deny yourself the pleasure of swimming in warm sea water from late July to late September, when it is at its highest temperature.
If you want to get a cheaper tour, it is better to go in September, October and May. And even in November, the water is also suitable for swimming.
Cesme in the summer
In the summer, Cesme is a hot, dry resort, and the real heat begins around July 1. The standard summer season (according to the sensations for the Russians) begins around May 1, while the water in May-June is still cool, it is warm only in July-September. Therefore, I repeat: the best time to come to Cesme is from July 1 to October 1.
Cesme in the fall
If you do not like hot summers, then it is better to come to Cesme from September 15 to November 1, when the water in the sea is warm in summer, but the weather is not so hot. At this time, most restaurants and entertainment venues are still open, so you can enjoy the same amenities as streaming summer tourists.
Cesme in the spring
Spring in Cesme is not the best time to relax, as the water begins to warm up only in mid-June. Nevertheless, tourists begin to come and go swimming around April 1, although the water at this time is cool. It’s better to say that all of March and all of April are still not the summer months in Cesme, and you should plan your vacation, at least at the beginning of May, May holidays.
Cesme in winter
In the winter, Cesme is not favorable for tourism, so from December 1 to March 1 it is better not to plan your vacation here. True, some come here to celebrate the New Year or just take a walk along the streets, buy souvenirs and ride a yacht. In winter, the average air temperature during the day is + 15 C, the water temperature is not suitable for swimming.
Areas. Where is better to live
Cesme is an amazing city for relaxation and life! It is very small in essence, but the amount of investment in the reconstruction of old buildings in some places, in expensive hotels and infrastructure is so large that it seems that this city came down to us directly from heaven.
Cesme is very clean, bright and well-groomed, the beaches here are cleaned, even the farthest. True, not everything is so idealistic, and the local ghetto can wait for you at luxury hotels. So it is best to choose a hotel or villa for rent in the tourist area.
In Cesme there are three main areas, all of which are used for leisure by tourists:
- Tourist area - I advise all vacationers who have arrived for 7-14 days, since it is most convenient to travel with children here, the legendary Ilica beach is nearby, there are no old buildings,
- Alacati is suitable for romantic persons who do not shy away from provincialism.
- I would not recommend the center of Cesme for a stop, as it is quite old and groomed.
Below you can see my list of options for living in Cesme by type:
- Room rental in a regular hotel - from 30 to 100 USD per day for a double room, in a good hotel - from 100 to 250 USD per day.
- Rent apartments in the hotel (two or three rooms) - from 80 to 200 USD per day for two or six.
- Renting a villa with a swimming pool or a villa with a swimming pool for two owners - from 70 to 500 USD per day for 6-10 people, usually 3 or 4 bedrooms, in modern style - from 300 USD per day, up to 300 USD - Turkish traditional.
- Renting an apartment from a private owner for a long time through a real estate agency - from 200 USD (600 TRY) per month for a small apartment with an annual contract or 600 USD (1800 TRY) for a villa with a pool and nice furniture per month with an annual contract.
- Most families vacationing in Cesme rent a villa with a swimming pool for the season (4–6 summer months, pay about 10,000–30,000 USD (30–80 thousand TRY) for rent, including utilities, use of the pool, etc. At the same time , the annual rent is only 20-30% higher than the summer one, that is, you pay almost the same amount for 12 months of rent as for 4-6. For example, to rent a luxury villa 4 + 1 (not in the center, but new, with luxurious furniture), you need only 10 000 USD per year and 9 000 USD for 6 months.
Further you can see what pros and cons are in each district of Cesme, and also look at what a standard street looks like in this area.
Cesme Tourist Area
The tourist district of Cesme is located in the bay, stretched along the coast. It is perfect for families with small children. Score: 8 out of 10 points, the best place near the beach Ilica (Ilica). I would advise you to stay here!
Best of all, in my opinion, settle in a hotel in Tourist area Cesme on the first line, which will allow you to use your own beach. And an ordinary street in the tourist area looks like this.
Advantages of living in this area:
- many hotels have their own beaches, and the beaches themselves are the largest in the city,
- if you want to rent a villa, here you will find a huge number of options with pools and near the beach,
- the district itself is very well landscaped, there are many flower beds, trees and greenery, good sidewalks,
- next to the most popular and beautiful Cesme beach - “Ilica” (Illica),
- This area is very popular with wealthy Istanbul and metropolitan residents of Turkey, the resort is a family resort.
Cons of living in the area:
- living in this area will cost more.
Cesme Alacati is a historic district with narrow streets, buildings in the traditional Turkish style, many beautiful boutique hotels and restaurants, as well as villas with pools. True, the area itself is very provincial and poorly equipped, which is worth keeping in mind! I would not advise him to live in Cesme. Rating: 5 out of 10. This is the best street in the area.
Advantages of living in this area:
- interestingly restored buildings,
- mini-hotels are usually decorated as villas, which gives a feeling of luxury on the territory, but not behind it,
- A large number of authentic Greek-Turkish culture cafes and restaurants.
Cons of living in the area:
- far to the beaches, you have to ride a minibus,
- 80% of the Alacati area has not yet been restored, the area itself is an ordinary Turkish village, many destroyed houses, empty plots, neglected villas.
Cesme Center - undesirable for tourists
The center of Cesme is a district with a marina (marina) and a port. The center here is not the best district, but, on the contrary, the oldest and most groomed. There is only one beach within walking distance of Tekke and it is very small. Rating: 5 out of 10 points, in my opinion, it is better not to choose to relax. It looks like an ordinary street in the area.
Advantages of living in this area:
- for a long period (a year or two) in the Center you can rent an apartment at a cheap price.
Cons of living in the area:
- one beach, small - the center of Cesme is full of old, not yet restored buildings, poor local houses,
- there are only a couple of tourist streets, few restaurants and cafes.
What are the prices for vacation
Below you will see the pricing policy of the resort of Cesme, which may surprise you not for the better, since the resort is more expensive than, for example, Kemer or Alanya.
- The cost of living in an expensive hotel is 200 USD, in an inexpensive hotel - 120 USD, in one of the cheapest hotels - 50 USD.
- The cost of lunch in an inexpensive restaurant is 10 USD (30 TRY), dinner in an expensive restaurant is 30 USD (100 TRY), lunch with meat in a traditional Turkish cafe is 3 USD (10 TRY).
- The cost of excursions is from 15 USD to 45 USD.
- The fare for a taxi in the city is 5 USD, for a bus in the city - 1 USD.
You can get acquainted with the prices for Cesme hotels here, I usually book on Booking. If you prefer living in private apartments, you can look at offers and prices here.