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If many Turkish holiday resorts seem too touristy to you, consider Cesme for your Turkish holiday in 2020. A picturesque town with an authentic Turkish character, Cesme is popular with both Turkish visitors and international holidaymakers. Retaining its original fishing-village feel, Cesme is unspoilt by tourism and has resisted commercialisation, giving you a prime opportunity to enjoy the best of Turkish culture. Among the must-visit attractions in and around Cesme are the restored Ottoman castle opposite to the harbour, an armament museum and a variety of local beaches.
Cesme has several different areas, each with its own distinctive culture and way of life. Prior to Izmir emerging as the country’s main port, this honour was reserved for Cesme. Historically, Cesme marked the end of the Silk Road, which caravan traders used to transport their goods from Asia through to the Middle East. During the day, the town has a traditionally laid-back and friendly Turkish ambience, while by night, a lively atmosphere descends with a number of cafés, bars and restaurants tempting you in. All in all, Cesme offers the perfect blend of tradition, excellent attractions and convenient amenities that make for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday in Turkey.
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You’re never short of options for things to do in Cesme. With its location on a stretch of particularly beautiful coastline, you can simply get up and go to enjoy a number of scenic beaches in the nearby vicinity, watch the fishing boats come and go, and enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand. Located on Cesme’s seafront you’ll find the majestic castle, which is in good condition considering it has stood for more than five centuries. Having been previously renovated, Cesme’s castle is one of the best remaining examples of an Ottoman castle, making it a must-see attraction for history lovers. You’ll also find two museums with well-curated modern and historical naval collections.
The picturesque coastline around Cesme is home to some idyllic beaches whether you’re looking forward to swimming, taking a stroll along the sands or lounging around in the sun. The largest and most popular beach in the area is Ilica Beach, which has warm, clear waters and stronger wind currents that will keep you cool, although you may want to pack a windbreak. Ilica is ideal for families, thanks to the shallow waters creating a safe swimming environment for children, and more mature holidaymakers or inexperienced swimmers.
Alcati Beach features a collection of small coves, some of which have service from upmarket beach clubs. There are a number of water sports schools from which you can rent water sports equipment and take lessons in popular activities including windsurfing. The nearby beach of Atinkum, which means ‘golden sands’, lives up to its name with stunning yellow-hued sands that are soft underfoot. At Aya Yorgi Beach you’ll find more variety in amenities and a number of glamorous beach clubs, ideal for socialising, making new friends and enjoying refreshments under the sun. Another popular nearby beach is Boyalik, which is a hit with the residents of Izmir who are often the owners of summer homes in Cesme.
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