Elegant and pretty Cesme is a seaside town on the Aegean coast, 85 kilometres west of Izmir. "Cesme” means "fountain” in Persian, undoubtedly due to the multitude of Ottoman fountains found around the town and surrounds.

Sunny Cesme is popular with holidaymakers for its lovely beaches with their views over the Aegean to the Greek Island of Chios, its colourful houses that line the town centre, its top spas and a new marina that's attracting sailors from all over the world.

Cesme properties are reasonably priced, with generous builds allowing plenty of space for the family.


Cesme is 85km west of Izmir, an hour's drive from the airport which connects Turkey's third largest city with Europe, the Middle East and destinations around Turkey. The small Cesme peninsula is compact enough to travel around efficiently, but nonetheless full of attractions. The most popular residential areas in and around Cesme are Cesme town centre, Alacati, Dalyan, Pasalimani, Ilica, Altinyunus and rural Ovacik.


The Cesme peninsula is home to around 40,000 people. The economy is fuelled by tourism - especially the many cruise ships that visit the area each summer - and fishing. During peak season the population swells to almost 500,000 as Cesme becomes Izmir's holiday backyard as well as foreign visitors mainly from northern Europe, who flock to the area.


Cesme's climate is drier and cooler than most holiday destinations found elsewhere around Turkey, providing a good alternative for those who dislike the searing heat. During summer the average high temperature is around 33 degrees - a few degrees cooler than the southern resort towns. Cooler months see the temperature dial hovering around the 13 degree mark, and most of the rainfall occurs during this time.


  • Windsurfing and kiteboarding - the steady sea breezes off the peninsula mean that windsurfing and kiteboarding in Cesme is considered some of the best in Europe. Alacati in particular is known as one of the best spots in the Mediterranean for wind-surfing.
  • Sailing and cruising - explore the many islands, survey the emerald coastline, go seal and dolphin watching and discover what keeps sailors returning to the peninsula time and time again.
  • Beaches - the many beaches on the peninsula cater to everyone from toddlers to water-sport daredevils. White sands and steady sunny days mean a trip to the beach is on everyone's itinerary.
  • Cesme Castle - the 500-year-old castle in Cesme's centre is also home to a museum. It's a fantastic place to while away a few hours.
  • Old Town - the beautiful historic centre of Cesme is filled with old Ottoman residences, Greek houses, ancient fountains and traditional cafes and shops.
  • Aqua Toy City - This fantastic waterfront waterpark is every kid's dream - and parents are catered for too, with sun-loungers and decent food.
  • Thermal spas and mud baths - the area is - rightly - famous for its spas. Healing thermal water and soothing mud baths are offered at the many spa locations around the peninsula.