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Çeşme Turkey

Çeşme - TurkeyThroughout the years Çeşme has always been a cherished location for country houses and secondary residences for the more affluent inhabitants of İzmir. Çeşme has gained considerably prominence in recent decades making it one of Turkey's most noteable centers of international tourism. Hotels, marinas, bars, restaurants, boutique hotels, pansiyons and other tourism facilities for holiday visitors are in abundance in Çeşme as well as in the surrounding towns and villages. Not to mention numerous exquisitely pristine and popular beaches. The town of Çeşme lies across a strait facing the Greek island of Chios, which is only a few miles distant with regular ferry connections between the two, as well as larger ferries from and to Brindisi, Ancona and Bari, Italy. The prominent ancient Çeşme Castle dominates the city skyline and a few paces south of the castle, there is an Ottoman caravanserai built during the early centuries of the Ottoman conquest in 1528 by order of Süleyman the Magnificent, which is now restored and transformed into a boutique hotel. The imposing but redundant 19th century Greek Orthodox church of Ayios Haralambos is used for temporary exhibitions. Along some of the back streets of the town are old Ottoman and Greek houses, as well as Sakız architectural-type residences of more peculiar lines of interest to tourists out for a quick stroll.

The nearby holiday resort town of Alaçatı draws throngs of tourists each year as well as four other villages which are destinations of note in the area. Ildırı on the coast towards the north, which is notable for being the location of ancient Erythrae, and three others which are a little less travelled: Germiyan, Karaköy and Ovacık. Alaçatı is a unique Aegean town on the western coast of İzmir Province in Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills. It has now made its name prominent in the world of windsurfing with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady winds and excellent hospitality. Alaçatı is situated only 10 kilometers or 6 miles from Çeşme or a short 15 minute drive by car. Karaburun is the name of a district and a town named Karaburun in the İzmir Province neighboring Çeşme west of the city of İzmir. The Karaburun area is comparatively much less visited than Çeşme located to its south, although it provides a break for those who want to escape the trials of mass tourism. The coasts of the Karaburun Peninsula have beautiful bays and pebble or sand beaches as yet mostly undiscovered by outsiders. Another holiday destination is Urla which is a coastal town and the center of the district of the same name in The İzmir Province. With İzmir at a distance of only 35 kilometers or 22 miles, an important part of the population of Urla is also composed of affluent residents who commute into the city of İzmir every day. Access to and from İzmir or Çeşme, an international center of tourism 45 kilometers or 28 miles from Urla, has been greatly facilitated by the building of a six-lane highway, but the Urla district still manages to preserve an overall feel of a pleasant suburb and resort.

Ilıca is another holiday resort area 5 kilometers west of Çeşme. Ildırı is on the coast to the north and is famed for its thermal springs, which is the very meaning of its name. Ilıca started out as a distinct settlement towards the end of the 19th century, initially as a retreat for wealthy people escaping from İzmir during the summer holidays. The Ilica area is one of the oldest parts of the Çeşme didtrict. In the past, before the development of Alaçatı, it was the wealthiest part of Çeşme due to the affluent people of Izmir who used to have summer residences there. Present day Ilica is the location of the Ilica Spa & Wellness Resort Hotel with an excellent beachfront location and 263 comfortable and finely decorated guestrooms. All equipped with amenities such as large balconies with views over the garden and to the ocean. It also offers luxurious gourmet restaurants and bars serving delicious tastes of Turkish and international cuisines.


Region: Aegean
Province: İzmir Province
Beach: Yes
Marina: Yes
Hotels: Yes
Airport: Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport
English language website: www.cesme-information.com
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