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A Summer Vacation in Çeşme

Located just about 95 kilometers from İzmir, Çeşme is one of the most important tourism destinations not only in Izmir but in the whole Aegean region thanks to its easily accessible location, turquoise sea and golden beaches, beautiful bays reminiscent of paradise, healing waters, lush nature, colorful nightlife, and sports activities which appeal to adrenaline junkies.

If you want to spend a dreamy summer vacation in Çeşme, feel free to take a look at our guide.

Places to visit in Çeşme

Çeşme is one of the first places that come to mind when it comes to a vacation in Turkey.

You can’t say you’ve seen Çeşme unless you visited Alaçatı and its stone houses adorned with bougainvilleas, historic windmills, and narrow always-windy streets. Alaçatı is also one of the surf capitals of the world.

Çeşme Castle, which has been well preserved since the 15th century, is one of the best places to watch the sunset. The castle, which serves as an archeology museum today, also hosts various festivals and concerts. The Caravanserai, which also dates back to the 15th century, is worth seeing as well.

Other places to visit in Çeşme include Ilıca, which is famous for its thermal waters, Şifne, which is famous for its healing waters and mud, Ildır, which stands out with its peaceful beaches where the ancient city of Erythrai is also located, Germiyan Village, frequently visited by those who miss the village life, Reisdere, which welcomes you with its rich cuisine and beautiful architectural structure, Ovacık, with its long coastline, Dalyanköy, an old Greek fishing village, and Çiftlikköy, one of the first places that come to mind when you think of eating fish.

Enjoy the sea in Çeşme

Çeşme is one of the best destinations to enjoy the sea. Thanks to its magnificent beaches, golden sand, and clear waters, Çeşme is an indispensable address for both recreation and entertainment in summer.

The most famous beaches in Çeşme to enjoy the sea are Şifne, Küçük Liman, Pırlanta, Paşa Limanı, Ilıca Beach, Çiftlik, Altınkum, Çatal Azmak, Sakızlı Bay, Tekke Beach, and Aya Yorgi.

Çeşme is a paradise for those who are fond of water sports. It's considered as the capital of windsurfing in Turkey.

With its convenient structure for surfers of all levels, Alaçatı also hosts international races. You can also surf at Ilıca and Pırlanta beaches. Pırlanta beach is suitable for kitesurfing as well.

With nearly 10 different points, Çeşme is one of the most important diving destinations in Turkey. You can explore the scuba and snorkeling can do, you can explore the crystal-clear underwater world by scuba diving or snorkeling. With daily boat trips, you can explore beautiful bays where dive and fish.

Nightlife in Çeşme

Çeşme is a destination that promises entertainment not only during the day time but also until the first lights of the morning thanks to its colorful nightlife. Entertainment venues in the district are concentrated especially in the Alaçatı region.

Private facilities such as Before Sunset, Sole&Mare, Zio Beach, Fly-Inn Beach Club, Kafe Pi Beach Club, Fun Beach Club, Marrakech Beach Club, and Babylon Aya Yorgi allows you to enjoy the sea during the day and enjoy the music and dancing after the sunset.

Many bars and night clubs including Nar, Paparazzi, Tren, Öküz, Tektekçi Alaçatı Port, Otto, Barcode and Çeşme Cece Club promises entertainment to their guests until dawn.

What to eat in Çeşme?

Since it is a popular vacation spot, you can taste flavors from every cuisine in Çeşme. We suggest you devote a whole meal to seafood. You can consume the freshest fish and other seafood, especially in Dalyanköy and Alaçatı.

Don’t forget to taste the famous Çaşme kumru sandwich as well. Gum jam, gummy ice cream, gummy flour cookies, gummy pudding, and gummy Turkish coffee are among the other indispensable dishes of Çeşme.

If you come across the Herb Festival, don't miss to taste the herbs unique to the region.

A safe Çeşme vacation with the Orange Circle

One of the main reasons to visit Çeşme this summer is that Izmir is one of Turkey's most reliable destinations when it comes to safe tourism. To present healthy and reliable tourism in the city after the COVID-19 pandemic, The Orange Circle certification program has started for the restaurants, cafés, and hotels in Turkey's paradise-like holiday destination, Izmir.

Within the scope of the program, the Izmir Tourism Hygiene Board was established with the cooperation of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Izmir Foundation.

The Board formed by the representatives from the tourism industry and scientists determined the hygiene standards that must be fulfilled to carry out tourism services in a healthy way. Businesses that meet these standards are entitled to receive the Orange Circle Certificate.

When you come to Çeşme, you can prefer a facility with a certificate to spend a safe and peaceful vacation.

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