Wandering the streets of Cesme in Turkey

The first thing that comes to people’s mind when thinking of Cesme in Turkey is probably its castle. Cesme (or Çeşme in Turkish) is located very close to the Greek island of Chios and has a prominent and restored fortress to testify to its glorious past. It is one of the main attractions of this city popular with day-trippers from both Izmir and Chios. Not to worry if you’re not into fortresses, glorious pasts or anything historical; you’ll have plenty more to see and do during your day in Cesme. And if you don’t mind heading a bit further afield, there’s a stunning hidden beach waiting for you as well. We’ll tell you how to get there in this post.

The Castle's Minaret

The Castle’s Minaret

Çeşme’s renovated fortress

Missing Cesme’s majestic castle is impossible. This landmark dominates the coastline of this small-scale city attractively. Build in 1508 by the Ottoman ruler Beyazit II; it features several courtyards and has a military past. This fortress is not in ruins, it is restored and home to the Archaeology Museum. While the museum is not big, it shows some interesting pieces from excavations carried out in the area such as ceramics, bursts and a collection of coins. There is a small entrance fee to be paid, but the 360° views alone are worth it. So, promise us you won’t leave Cesme without conquering the many steps and stairs of the castle.

Outside The Castle Walls

Outside The Castle Walls

The Inner Castle

The Inner Castle

Çeşme’s old town: Greek houses meet new vibe

From the castle, you’ll walk right into the old town; a maze of buzzing and narrow streets filled with restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenir stalls, and former Greek houses. Amidst the shops is the Ayios Haralambos Church, which is alternately used as a concert venue, handicrafts market, exhibition space, or something of the sort. This part of town is perfect for shopping or having a Turkish tea or coffee in one of the many cafés. It is remarkable how old and new have found a balance here while keeping an authentic feel.

Cesme Old Town

Cesme Old Town

Çeşme’s promenade, marina & beach

The fun part about seaside towns is that they almost always have a promenade, and often a marina and a beach. Now we love boats! So any place where we can sit and look at the waves playing with boats (or the other way around), is a happy place. The marina in Cesme is stylish and welcoming and naturally flows over into the promenade that leads to the cities’ beach. As this is often the case, the whole seaside stretch is packed with eateries and shops. This is where you will find familiar brands such as Starbucks or Burger King, but also Turkish restaurants that cater mainly to tourists. The beach is small, but charming, in a pretty bay.

Cesme Beach

Cesme Beach

The amazing beach at Delikli Köy

Alright, we confess, technically speaking, this isn’t Cesme anymore. And the beach is not really hidden, as it is known among the locals. But there are no road signs to it, and you need to know exactly where you’re going to find it. It is pretty amazing though, with stunning white rock formations that will take your breath away. If you like relatively untouched beaches, you will love this one. Don’t expect any facilities, just expect to be wowed. The question is: how to find it? The answer? Use these coordinates: 38.229267, 26.342922.

Delikli Köy Rock Formations

Delikli Köy Rock Formations

Practical information about Cesme in Turkey

Çeşme lies almost 90km west of Izmir. It’s a popular day-trip for holidaymakers in Chios who pop over on a ferry. Alternatively, you could do things the other way around and visit Chios for a day from Cesme. You can easily get to Cesme from Izmir by public transport. Check the Izmir – Cesme bus timetable here.

The city of Cesme, as well as the entire peninsula, offers a wide range of hotels and boutique pensions to stay the night. Also worth exploring is nearby Alaçatı (or Alacati in English) or the winery in Urla. Don’t forget to check our interactive Turkey travel map for more Turkey travel inspiration, and also visit our resources page for information on all practical aspects our your Turkey trip. Don’t worry, we’ve also marked Delikli Köy beach on our map, where you will also find our other tips for the best beaches in Turkey!

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Cesme is quite touristic but definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. As always, visiting out of season comes with the perks of exploring a less crowded town. It seems more people like this place if you look at the reviews on TripAdvisor. You can always ask a question by sending us a message through our contact page or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

From Cesme, you can catch a ferry for a day trip to the Greek Island of Chios, always a bonus!

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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Don’t miss the castle and the old town. Pop over to Greece for a day, or check out the beaches a bit further afield if you’re after some space for yourself. This town has something for every kind of traveler! If you have more time on your hand, why not spend a day jetsetting in Alaçatı?

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Cesme is quite touristic but definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. As always, visiting out of season comes with the perks of exploring a less crowded town. It seems more people like this place if you look at the reviews on TripAdvisor. You can always ask a question by sending us a message through our contact page or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

From Cesme, you can catch a ferry for a day trip to the Greek Island of Chios, always a bonus!

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Don’t miss the castle and the old town. Pop over to Greece for a day, or check out the beaches a bit further afield if you’re after some space for yourself. This town has something for every kind of traveler! If you have more time on your hand, why not spend a day jetsetting in Alaçatı?

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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