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For a truly relaxing retreat, take a Cesme holiday.
Located on the west coast of Turkey, Cesme is a beautifully picturesque resort that is as peaceful and laid back as they come. With beaches that belong on the front of a postcard and a charming town centre, you can enjoy a holiday that's full of Turkish delights. Spend time in town marvelling at the aging but fascinating architecture, have a lazy day by the beach or tuck into some top notch Turkish cuisine and share a tasty mezze plate.
Things to do in Cesme
Cesme is such a diverse destination; you really can start planning the holiday that you want. With a beautiful stretch of beach, a plethora of water sports, ancient ruins and a fantastically mountainous region on its doorstep, there is an abundance of things to see and do on a Cesme holiday.
The weekly bazaar in Cesme is a must visit. Test out your haggling skills and barter for a bargain as you wander through the labyrinth of stalls and pick out some souvenirs to take home. Expect huge buckets of spices, hand-woven rugs and plenty of gold jewellery. You can also head to Izmir for another market shopping opportunity.
As the sun goes down, head to the charming harbour and enjoy fantastic food and beautiful views. Taste traditional dishes made fresh from local produce and sip a chilled glass of wine to the setting sun.
Cesme is well known for stretching out to where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Aegean, making it a beach lover's paradise. Wherever you choose to spend your day, you can expect sugar white sand, shallow turquoise waters and plenty of hideaway bays for you to fall in love with. The most popular stretch is Pirlanta Beach and showcases a beautiful section of the Turkish coastline; however Ilica Bay, boasting a backdrop of the rugged mountains, is just as stunning. Sport enthusiasts can also get wet and wild in Cesme if they visit Alacati Beach, where they'll find a great array of water sports.
Steeped in an intriguing history, a Cesme holiday has more than enough to keep you busy for a morning or two. Take a visit to the castle that was built in 1508 and discover the beautiful views that can be seen from its peak. There are also a handful of archaeology museums to wander through where you can immerse yourself even further in the heritage of this small town. You're then perfectly placed for some lunch in one of the fantastic restaurants in town – it's a great place to try authentic Turkish dishes.
Cesme also enjoys a fantastic location that's in easy reach of some must see historical and cultural sites. A short drive away you'll find the thermal baths of Ilica, where you can take a relaxing dip and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, or seek out the statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasa, an important admiral who was sold into slavery but found himself a way to become a grand vizier.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr.