INFORMATION ABOUT “CESME”
The Cesme Peninsula, lapped by the waters of the Aegean Sea, lies west of Izmir. The name “Cesme” meaning fountain, refers to the many springs found in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is one of Turkey’s most beautiful coastal stretches surrounded by clear blue sea, with a landscape of aniseed, sesame and artichoke fields dotted with fig and gum trees. In the unspoiled bays you can swim in absolute peace. Visitors will find excellent holiday accommodation, restaurants, and sports and entertainment facilities. A 14th-century Genoese fortress, restored and enlarged by the Ottomans in the 16th century, dominates the small port of Cesme 80 km from Izmir. Today the town is a popular holiday resort with excellent accommodation and restaurants.
Thermal baths offer a health-oriented escape from modern life. Excellent shopping for the finest quality carpets, leather goods, as well as souvenir items is also possible. At night, a lively, fun atmosphere pervades the town, especially in the restaurants, cafes, bars and discos along the promenade. Cesme hosts an annual International Song Contest in the summer. Yachts can be hired to explore the peninsula’s splendid coastline. Also, ferries make the run from “Cesme” to Venice on a weekly basis.
CESME -ALACATI is a must see…
Alacati (also known as Alatsata, from Greek “Αλάτσατα” or Agrilia, from Greek “Αγριλιά”) is an Aegean town on the western coast of İzmir Province in Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and wind mills for over 150 years. It has now made its name in the world of wind surfing and kite surfing, with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady wind and well acclaimed hospitality.
Alacati, on the Çesme Peninsula close to the Aegean Sea, has long been a draw for city folk from nearby Izmir. But for decades it was an obscure village in a somnolent corner of Turkey, known only to itinerant board-heads of the windsurfing community. Alacati only recently came to the attention of moneyed holidaymakers from Istanbul, who took to over nighting here on the drive down to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Some of the arty, well-heeled incomers liked the place so much that they moved here to establish galleries, designer clothes shops and the like. Alacati has become a very hip place for Turks to holiday. Alacati offers several fine boutique hotels, chic nightclubs and reputed gourmet traditional and Aegean restaurants.
CESME GAY BEACH is a well kept secret of the town. It’s a 1-2 km walking path through the famous ALTINKUM BEACH. You must walk on the beach, sea along your right side.
To help you find this hidden place, here’ s the map. Please click on the pic for the Google Maps
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