km (53 miles) due west of İzmir,
is the port for ferries to Chios,
the Greek island.
Çeşme (CHESH-meh, "fountain" or "spring," pop.
100,000) is a pleasant enough, popular
resort town, especially for visitors
Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.
There are good beaches south
of Çeşme, and at nearby Ilıca (UH-luh-jah),
easily reachable by minibus (dolmuş).
The main square has restaurants,
cafes, tea houses, and nice sunset views of
the Aegean Sea. Çeşme's small fortress,
now nicely restored as the local museum,
looms over the square and provides
a nice big dose of history and architectural
Çeşme's Tourism Information
Office is between the south
tower of the fortress and the sea,
very near the dock for the Ertürk
Line ferries between Çeşme
and Chios, Greece. More...
Sunday is market day in Çeşme.
If you're a day too early, head for
the even nicer Saturday market
If you'd like to stay in
Çeşme, the town has ample hotels
in all price
ranges, a few pleasant waterfront restaurants,
and many more restaurants of all types
along the old main street inland.
For a smaller, cozier, less crowded
version of Çeşme, make the short
trip to nearby Alaçatı.
here for maps of Çeşme,
İzmir and Aegean Turkey.
|Above, Çeşme's fortress looms
above the harbor.
Below, the main strolling
and shopping street is lined
with nice old Ottoman-style houses.