Culture & Travel

29 August 2023

Çeşme stands as one of Türkiye's most beloved tourist destinations, not to mention its popularity among those in Izmir. With its pristine beaches, iconic flavors, high-quality seafood offerings, vibrant nightlife, and aquatic pursuits like surfing, windsurfing, and sailing, as well as charming boutique hotels, Çeşme holds its allure year-round. This enchanting district, frequented by both locals and international visitors, offers a plethora of activities and destinations. Let's delve into the top 10 must-do experiences in this captivating area.

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1. Embrace Windsurfing in Alaçatı

When in Alaçatı, the heart of Çeşme, indulging in windsurfing is a paramount pursuit. This engaging water sport draws enthusiasts from all over Türkiye and beyond. The district boasts various surf and kitesurf schools where you can rent equipment and take lessons. For those passionate about windsurfing, a trip to Alaçatı is incomplete without riding the waves. With its ceaseless wind, Alaçatı provides the ideal setting for surfing. And, if you're into surfing competitions, don't miss events like the Türkiye Windsurfing Championship and Alaçatı Surf Festival.

 

2. Savor Delightful Flavors of Çeşme

Çeşme evokes a plethora of flavors: upscale seafood eateries, quaint and budget-friendly fish spots, lively taverns, and delectable fast food gems. Along the coastline of Çiftlikköy, you'll find Horosan, a charming family-run establishment on one of Çeşme's historic streets, offering diverse interpretations of daily seafood delights. For top-notch seafood, Ferdi Baba is the go-to for sea delicacies, while Can Baba Istakozcu beckons with its affordable yet delightful offerings. Kumrucu Hüseyin in Ilıca is your go-to for one of the finest kumru sandwiches in Çeşme, and Munchies Burger satisfies with some of Türkiye's best hamburgers. Adding to the list is Veranda Alaçatı, a lively beachfront tavern boasting inviting tables.

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3. Uncover Çeşme's Natural Beauty through Trekking

If you're a fan of strolls, the trekking paths originating from Karadağ in the heart of Çeşme and extending to Ovacık Village are a must-try. Immerse yourself in nature's ambiance, take leisurely walks, and shed the burdens of urban life. Walks enriched with ample doses of iodine await at points like Pırlanta Beach and Ilıca Beach.

4. Thrilling Adventures with ATV Safaris in Çeşme

Rent an ATV from the center and embark on exhilarating safari routes from Ovacık Village to the Alaçatı side. Traverse deserted and breathtaking trails during ATV tours, ranking among Çeşme's most exhilarating activities. These tours across the picturesque landscapes of Çeşme promise to infuse excitement into your day and etch vivid memories with your companions. As you journey to Çeşme, make sure to include ATV safari tours in your itinerary to unwind from urban stress.

5. Dive into Çeşme's Captivating Waters with Scuba Diving

For sea aficionados and even diving enthusiasts, scuba diving is a must in Çeşme. The Güneş Diving Course offers a scuba diving experience after a short 30-minute boat ride. Plunge into the underwater wonders, immerse yourself in Çeşme's distinctive marine environment, and feel the radiant sun against your skin and soul. Should you desire, join skilled instructors and coaches for anxiety-free dives.

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6. Indulge in the Thermal Waters of the Spring

When you think of Çeşme, the sea, sand, sun, or surfing might immediately come to mind. But this beautiful area has also gained fame for its thermal waters originating from the sea. While it gets extremely crowded in the summer months, it offers its guests healing spring waters during the winter season. These thermal waters, which treat significant ailments such as muscle relaxation, skin disorders, allergies, joint, and cartilage issues, provide solace to those seeking recovery. You can make use of the thermal waters at the public beach in Yıldızburnu, where a hot spring exists in the sea, or at the thermal hotels in Çeşme.

7. Unwind at the Spots for Seaside Swimming in Çeşme

Çeşme boasts numerous bays for swimming with its turquoise waters, pearly sands, and pure air. Let's list a few of the most unique and stunning ones: Be sure to visit Altınkum with its crystal-clear and refreshingly cold water since it's open sea. You can also engage in spear diving in the bay with its invigorating cold water. Don't miss out on Ilıca Beach, featuring an endless shoreline and pristine water. Pırlanta Beach, Dalyan Beach, Boyalık Beach, and Aya Yorgi Beach are also a must-visit.

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8. Experience the Vibrant Nightlife in Çeşme

If you're eager to experience Çeşme's legendary nightlife, kick off the evening in the countless taverns in Alaçatı and then continue the revelry in nightclubs, bars, and beach clubs. Tektekçi taverns, music-filled taverns, open-air clubs, bars with live music – a multitude of nightlife enthusiasts await to provide entertainment.

9. Don't Miss the Unique Flavors of Çeşme

Rumeli Patisserie, renowned for serving some of the finest ice cream flavors, has been in operation since 1945. You absolutely must make a stop at this splendid establishment offering homemade ice cream with mastic gum and tahini, natural jams, coffees, delectable desserts like supangle, cookies, and kazandibi. Also, departing Çeşme without savoring the distinct taste of the renowned Çeşme lemon and the fragrant melon would be a missed opportunity. By the way, while heading to Çeşme, remember to relish an authentic village breakfast at Hanedan Restaurant along the old road.

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10. Must-Visit Sites in Çeşme

While you're in Çeşme, be sure to explore Çeşme Castle, Çeşme Marina, and Alaçatı Bazaar. The Marina, complete with shopping outlets, breakfast spots, and seafood restaurants, serves as a complete relaxation hub. Alaçatı Bazaar is a shopper's paradise, offering a market experience like no other. Çeşme Castle, dating back to the 15th century, is also a perfect destination for those interested in discovering historical landmarks.

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