Çeşme (CHESH-meh, “fountain” or “spring,” pop. 100,000) is a pleasant enough, popular sun-and-beach resort town, especially for visitors from İzmir, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.
Çeşme’s main strolling and shopping street is lined with nice old Ottoman-style houses.
For a smaller, cozier, less crowded version of Çeşme, make the short trip to nearby Alaçatı.
—by Tom Brosnahan