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Cesme Center

If you're driving to Cesme from Izmir, you'll be cruising on the modern highway and first you'll pass the Urla exit, then the Karaburun and Zeytinlik exits and then you'll see the Alacati exit (which means you're now officially in Cesme) and if you continue you will end the highway in central Cesme. After exiting the highway, in a kilometer or two the same road will deposit you in the middle of Cesme town. The sea will be in front of you with the relatively new Cesme Marina and if you take a right, you will see the Cesme Castle on your right hand side. Just a bit past the castle is the Cesme municipal building and the town square, and just on the right of the square is the beginning of Inkilap Street, which is the main pedestrian shopping/strolling street. All of this are can be considered the center of Cesme.


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We definitely suggest you visit the Cesme Castle and its museum. The castle built by Ottoman Sultan Beyazit II in 1508 is very well preserved and it has also witnessed the three day naval war with Katherine's Russia in 1770. In the museum, you will find Ionian archeological artifacts from nearby ancient Erythrai and also war artifacts from the battle with the Russians. The castle was originally built on the shore but has since been backed up due to subsequent land filling.

Close to the castle is the Caravanserai built in 1529 by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. This building after its restoration has been designated a hotel. Even if you're not staying in the hotel, you can enter through the grand gates and take a walk inside the courtyard. The architecture of the building carries typical Ottoman lines. There is also a traditional Turkish "meyhane" or pub on the rooftop terrace where you can imbibe or eat while listening to traditional Turkish music and taking in the view of the marina.

Inkilap Street, the pedestrian street also known as Cesme's main shopping area, has been renovated in 2012 and awaits you with a variety of beautiful shops. You will be able to find all kinds of souvenirs not to mention excellent leather products as well as high quality knock offs. There are also many choices regarding restaurants here. If you decide to go towards the left of the square instead of right to go up Inkilap Street, you will end up on a beautiful seaside promenade. You can take a stroll here in the evening enjoying the summer breeze and you can also have a fresh seafood dinner at one of the several excellent fish restaurants. This location also affords incredible sunsets every evening.

The Cesme Marina is also a must-see. The international Cesme Marina was opened in 2010 by global yachting company Camper & Nicholsons. The marina which boasts 400 berths is one of the best and most prestigious marinas in the Aegean and Mediterranean areas. Beautiful stores, cafes, bars and restaurants await you here.

A few hundred meters past the marina is the international Cesme harbour. Daily ferry services to the nearby Greek island of Chios, which is famous for its mastic resin, are made from here. There is lots to do in Cesme but if you have an extra day, you can easily and inexpensively hop a ferry in the morning for a day visit to Chios where you can take guided tours around the island.

If you're taking a bus into Cesme from Izmir, the bus will deposit you at the Cesme Bus Depot which is also in the center of Cesme. The bus depot, which is located near the exit of the highway, is about a ten minute walk from the marina.

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