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Information about Çeşme district of İzmir

General Information:

  • Population: 46,093 (2020)
  • Area: 260 km²
  • Distance: 80 km to İzmir, 90 km to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport
  • Towns: Alaçatı
  • Villages: Dalyan, Ovacık, Reisdere, Tepeköy, Urla İskele

History: Çeşme is a district located on a peninsula of the same name in the west of İzmir. It is one of the twelve Ionian colonies in history.

Geography: Çeşme is a peninsula surrounded by the sea on three sides. It is bordered by Urla district to the east, the Aegean Sea to the north, west and south. The Sakız Strait is located between Sakız Island to the west.

Economy: Çeşme’s economy is based on tourism. There are many hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and cafes in Çeşme, which is flocked by tourists in the summer months.

Transportation: You can reach Çeşme by bus or taxi from İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. You can also reach Çeşme by bus or ferry from İzmir and then reach different parts of Çeşme by dolmuş.

Places to Visit: There are many places to visit in Çeşme. Some of these are:

  • Çeşme Castle: Built in 1597, the castle is one of the most important historical structures in Çeşme.
  • Kervansaray: Built in 1565, the caravanserai was an important stopover point on the historical Silk Road.
  • Çeşme Marina: One of the most popular tourist destinations in Çeşme, the marina is home to many luxury yachts and boats.
  • Alaçatı: Alaçatı, with its historical cobbled streets, cute houses and delicious restaurants, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Çeşme.
  • Ilica Beach: Ilica Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Çeşme, attracts tourists with its golden sands and clear sea.
  • Çeşme Automobile Museum: The Çeşme Automobile Museum, the first and only classic car museum in Turkey, is home to many classic cars.

Things to Do: There are many things to do in Çeşme. Some of these are:

  • Sea, sand and sun: You can enjoy the sea, sand and sun on Çeşme’s many beautiful beaches.
  • Water sports: You can do many water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and water skiing in Çeşme.
  • Hiking: You can go hiking in the green nature of Çeşme.
  • Shopping: There are many shopping malls and shops in Çeşme.
  • Nightlife: There are many bars, clubs and restaurants in Çeşme.

When to Go to Çeşme: The ideal time to go to Çeşme is during the spring and autumn months. Çeşme is very crowded and hot in the summer months.

Accommodation: There are accommodation options for every budget in Çeşme. You can choose from hotels, guesthouses, apart hotels and villas.

Food and Drink: There are many restaurants and cafes in Çeşme. You can find many places where you can taste the delicacies of Aegean cuisine.

Things to know before going to Çeşme:

  • Many places in Çeşme are cobbled. Therefore, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.