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Cesme is a very popular resort with a sandy beach and sparkling clear blue sea. It is located on the Aegean coast on Turkey's western side and it boasts a marina from which you can take daily boat trips or the car and passenger ferry to Italy.
The closest airport to Cesme is Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport and most major airlines operate flights here including Turkish Airlines, Easyjet and Thomas Cook. Flight duration from the UK to Turkey varies between four and five hours and basically depends on which airport in the UK you depart from.
UK Travellers wishing to enter Turkey are required by the Turkish authorities to hold a passport which is valid for a minimum of three months before their planned trip. Transfer from the airport is quite straight forward as there are a large number of taxis and coaches for hire outside the arrivals building. Package holidaymakers will be greeted at the airport by their tour company's representative who will accompany them on the coach for the final part of the journey to the resort itself.
As Cesme is a thriving tourist hot spot the accommodation here goes right across the board from luxurious hotels to quiet pensions and there is a good range of self catering apartments or villas to choose from.
The beach at Cesme is sandy and crashing out on one of the many sun beds for hire here whilst soaking up the Turkish sunshine is a super way to relax and unwind, however, there are many water sports available for the more energetic holidaymaker. There are two other beaches close to Cesme, one at Ilica and the other is south of the town. The neighbouring town of Alcati also has a nice beach and is very popular with wind surfers.
There are several bars and restaurants, some of which are located around the marina with others being found on Cesme's main street. The variety of food is excellent and ranges from traditional local dishes to international cuisine. The nightlife is quite lively with discos and lots of bars providing live music, however, really serious partygoers should arrange an evening in Bodrum where the streets rock and the clubs party until sun rise. There is an annual event that Cesme is quite famous for and that is the Song Contests which are held in Cesme castle during the summer months.
In the centre of Cesme town you will find a Genoese fortress which the Ottomans restored in the 16th century and today this houses the local museum detailing lots of the area's history. It is a fascinating place to visit and the views across the beach and beautiful sea are stunning. Getting around to other attractions and historic places of interest is not a problem as there are organised tours to most of these, however, the dolmus is a great way to get about locally.
The dolmus is a Turkish mini bus and although there are official dolmus stops, if you raise your arm when you spot a dolmus providing there is room on the bus for you, the driver will stop to pick you up. The dolmus really is a convenient and reasonably cheap way to get about the local area. For trips further afield, most of the taxi drivers are available and willing to agree a price for your journey with you.
Visitors to this part of Turkey will not have too far to travel to visit what was once the eighth wonder of the word Pamukkale. This really is an incredible site to see and as the translation of its name implies, from the distance it really does appear as a "cotton castle" rising from the ground. In each of the individual pools you will find thermal springs and legend has it that the waters in these pools have healing properties but it is a very pleasant experience to clamber from pool to pool and the higher you go you are presented with superb views of the surrounding countryside.
Ephesus is another archaeological site very worthy of a visit as this site is considered to be one of the most important remains in the world which illustrates the days of old Rome. There is a library, various temples, even a communal latrine which really is communal without any partitioning whatsoever, covered walkway and very interesting graphics showing the way the whole establishment looked even including the houses built around the hillsides surrounding Ephesus.
Visitors to Cesme are well catered for in the shopping department as the main street here has a variety of shops selling souvenirs, leather goods, spices, ceramics and jewellery. The gold jewellery is very unusually and attractively designed as well as being very good value. The art of haggling is practised in many areas of Turkey and this can really be entertaining as you barter with the shopkeepers or market stall holders for some bargains. Cesme hosts a market each Sunday which is very colourful and you will find some interesting things here and the nearby town of Alcati also holds a weekly market on Saturday.
Cesme is a delight to spend your holiday in and you will want to return time and again to enjoy the facilities and warm welcome this friendly town offers.