Cesme is a little town at the tip of the
peninsula that forms the Gulf of Izmir. The meaning of "Cesme" is "fountain"
or "spring" due to the curative springs and thermal baths around especially
in Ilica. Cesme and Ilica are resorts that should be visited for a while
because of the vast white beaches and azure waters with seasonal accommodation
facilities. Ilica is located at the center of several touristic sites.
Thermal resorts of Sifne Pasa Limani, Buyuk Liman, Alacati, and the Bay
of Boyalik. You may enjoy almost every kind of water sport in Cesme, including
underwater diving. If you are lucky enough you may encounter the seals,
off the shore. In this town, there are excellent accommodation facilities
and an attractive night life. Cesme Castle now houses the International
Cesme Sea and Music Festival. The Cesme Peninsula has many seaside resorts.
At the northeast of Cesme lies lidin which was the important port of Erythrai,
founded after the War of Troy, and it has a good view from the acropolis,
overlooking the bay and the islands . Urla (Clazomenae) is a peaceful
place to visit and to taste the delicious fish at a local seaside restaurant.
The view from the Guvendik Hill is always relaxing. The road between Izmir
and Cesme is dotted with lovely little fishing villages such as Mordogan
which takes its name from the particular purple color of the sunrise at
that spot and Karaburun an unspoiled village nestled between the mountains
and picturesque bays Balikliova. On the southern part of the Peninsula
is Seferihisar an important yachting center surrounded by Geneose remains.
From here you may visit the ancient city of Teos to see the impressive
Temple of Dionysus, or to lose yourself to the warm sandy beaches of Altnkum.
Gumuldur will also tempt you with its beautiful beaches full of tranquil
bays, which you may consider as your own, with excellent accommodation,
discos and restaurants. The colossal statute of Apollo in the Temple of
Apollon at Ahmetbeyli (Claros), should not be missed as it is an amazing
piece of art.