Popular with Turks, Tourists & Surfers alike
The seaside resort town of Cesme is not only a popular destination for Turkish and tourists alike, but also for surfers, who come from all over the world to surf, windsurf, kite-surf…the list goes on. (Perhaps it’s the golden-sand beaches like Ilica Beach, warm sapphire waters, and laid-back atmosphere that have something to do with the allure.)
For more land-based treasures, however, there’s the 16th century Cesme Castle that dominates the city center and offers wonderful views of Cesme and the surrounding area, the Greek neo-classical buildings of the Old City, and the restaurants and shops of Cesme Marina. And if you like, you can even visit a Greek island for a day, with Chios just an hour away by frequent ferry service.
The dramatic walls of this 16th century castle dominate the town center. Explore this Genoese fortress and enjoy marvelous views of Cesme and the surrounding area.
This nearby resort area is famed for its thermal springs extending well into the sea, and healing mud baths.
Relax on the golden sand of Ilica Beach, frolic in the warm sapphire waters or enjoy windsurfing—Ilica is an internationally renowned spot for the sport.
Just seven miles from Cesme, across the Aegean Sea is the Greek island of Chios—making for a great daytrip.
Take a ferry to explore medieval villages, Nea Moni, an 11th-century monastery, the black volcanic beach of "Mavra Volia", and learn about the production of mastic gum.
Cesme, Turkey At a glance