Holidays in
Cesme

Turkey’s best bits

Holidays to Cesme are varied. With a castle in the middle of town, several beaches and a vibrant harbour to explore, Cesme has a lot to offer. You’ll find this traditional town on Turkey’s western coast, Popular with Turkish tourists, as well as those from further afield, the town has maintained its authentic character. There’s plenty of history to explore in the form of the large and well-restored castle, which was built as a 14th-century fortress. The beaches range from activity-packed, bustling areas with sunbeds and banana boats, to more tranquil secluded coves, and natural springs for those who want to relax. The beaches are the place to go in the evenings, too, with a wealth of beachside bars and clubs to try – Aya Yorgi Beach is particularly loved for its glamorous night-time haunts, where you can party until the small hours.

YOUR CESME QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Cesme is bathed in sunshine in summer, and temperatures are often around 30°C. Winters here are mild, but the sea is much cooler.

Cesme is just down the coast from Ildir – a 3,000-year-old city. Explore the faded ruins in what is now a quiet fishing village.

Turkish food is big on flavour, with fresh vegetables and hearty chunks of meat often playing the starring role. Smaller meze plates are lovely to share.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN CESME

Explore Kusadasi

In addition to beautiful beaches, you’ll discover Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park, home to hundreds of species of birds, plants and marine life.

Go mountain biking

Powering up Cesme’s lush hills is hard work, but you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the coast and surrounding areas at the top.

Try scuba diving

Ildiri Lighthouse Island is full of crags and crevices where underwater creatures hide, and there are lobster and octopus to spot at the Monem shipwreck.