CESME & ALACATI - St. Tropez of Turkey

The Cesme Peninsula is the western part of the Karaburun Peninsula, surrounded by Aegean Sea, in the west of Izmir, in Turkey’s Aegean Region.

The history of Cesme reaches back until before the Christian era, when it was an important seaport visited by the ancient mariners of Greece, Italy, and Egypt. It has been ruled by the Byzantines, Seljuk Turks, and finally the Ottomans. From these centuries of occupation and exploration comes the massive Cesme Castle that dominates the little port and which was built by the Genoese as a fortress in the fourteenth century. Cesme (meaning fountain in Turkish) derives from the many sources of water found in the area. Cesme is also a charming convergence of healing mineral springs.

Being one of Turkey’s touristic areas it enchants the eye of the visitor with landscapes full of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees. There are many Blue-flag bays nearby. A vacation to Cesme, Turkey may well take you to one of the smaller villages around the larger town. Dalyan, a little fishing village, is particularly idyllic. It boasts some of the finest seafood restaurants and dining spots in the area, as well as long stretches of pristine beaches.

Cesme Peninsula is also famous for its longest beaches on the entire Turquoise Coast and crystal clear waters. The nearby townships of Ilica and Alacati are also very notable.

Alaçatı, near Cesme, is a windy area in all seasons. Alacati is the real paradise for those who wish to race over flat, crystal clear water with constant wind, considered as one of the most significant windsurf and kite surf area in the world, as well as an excellent learning and practicing environment . Famous surfers from all over the world participate in the national championship, the “Windsurf Turkey Cup”, every year. Alaçatı is also spectacular with its stone houses, windmills and mastic trees.

Çeşme Nightlife has numerous amounts of discos, bars and beach clubs, offering fantastic atmosphere and music, bound to leave you satisfied

g2o Experience

Charter a yacht, explore the coves & inlets of the peninsula.

Explore Cesme Marina, located in a still undiscovered and chic part of Turkey’s stunning coastline.

Spend the Day/Night Cesme Beach Clubs.

Visit one of the Cesme Markets (Discover fruits, vegetables, textiles, spices, souvenirs).

Try Turkish coffee with mastic flavour.

Indulge in a traditional Turkish breakfast.

g2o Hot Table

Eat at Tuval Restaurant: Try Tuval’s specialty, pan-fried sea bass in its traditional milk sauce.

Eat at Langusta Restaurant: Try delicious lobsters.

Eat at Sevki Restaurant: Try the tastiest Kumru, a traditional pastry in the shape of a Dove, which gets grilled, buttered up and stuffed with your choice of cheese, sucuk, tomatoes and salami, served with a side of crunchy cucumber and pepper pickles. Simply delicious!