Cesme is a little town at the tip of the
peninsula that forms the Gulf of Izmir. The meaning of "Cesme" is "fountain"
or "spring" due to the curative springs and thermal baths around especially
in Ilica. Cesme and Ilica are resorts that should be visited for a while
because of the vast white beaches and azure waters with seasonal
accommodation facilities. Ilica is located at the center of several
touristic sites. Thermal resorts of Sifne Pasa Limani, Buyuk Liman, Alacati,
and the Bay of Boyalik. You may enjoy almost every kind of water sport in
Cesme, including underwater diving. If you are lucky enough you may
encounter the seals, off the shore. In this town, there are excellent
accommodation facilities and an attractive night life. Cesme Castle now
houses the International Cesme Sea and Music Festival. The Cesme Peninsula
has many seaside resorts. At the northeast of Cesme lies lidin which was the
important port of Erythrai, founded after the War of Troy, and it has a good
view from the acropolis, overlooking the bay and the islands .
Urla (Clazomenae) is a peaceful place to
visit and to taste the delicious fish at a local seaside restaurant. The
view from the Guvendik Hill is always relaxing.
The road between Izmir and Cesme is dotted
with lovely little fishing villages such as Mordogan which takes its name
from the particular purple color of the sunrise at that spot and Karaburun
an unspoiled village nestled between the mountains and picturesque bays
On the southern part of the Peninsula is
Seferihisar an important yachting center surrounded by Geneose remains. From
here you may visit the ancient city of Teos to see the impressive Temple of
Dionysus, or to lose yourself to the warm sandy beaches of Altnkum.
Gumuldur will also tempt you with its
beautiful beaches full of tranquil bays, which you may consider as your own,
with excellent accommodation, discos and restaurants.
The colossal statute of Apollo in the
Temple of Apollon at Ahmetbeyli (Claros), should not be missed as it is an
amazing piece of art.
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