Çesme is a village located at the tip of a peninsula, part of the Gulf of Izmir. This fishermen's village (which name means "Fountain") counts abundant healing springs and thermal waters in its area.
Çesme is dominated by a XIVth centry Genoese fortress. Though it is becoming a popular holiday resort especially for surfers, it has been able to preserve its Turkish characteristics.
Evenings one can enjoy a "raki" at the waterside or visit one of the numerous bars and discos in and around town. For music lovers, a tour at the Inkilas Caddesi (street) is recommended
Alongside the attractive promenade, shops offer a wide choice of value-for-money jewellery, leather, carpets, clothes and other souvernies. The biggest local market, offering a Greek atmosphere, is held in Sifne at 15km from Çesme
There are lots of sites with information concerning the nighlife in Cesme... Remember - google is your best friend :razz:
Climate: The region of Cesme has a typical Mediterranean climate. The summer season begins in April and continues until the end of October with hot sunny days. Unlike other Turkish resorts, the region of Cesme benefits from the cooling Imbat breeze which blows off the Aegean Sea and is renowned for its clean, cool air, offering welcome relief from the heat of the sun even during the hottest months of July and August.
Local Way of Life: The local area offers a world of days gone by as the locals go about their daily chores. Watch the local fishermen selling their daily catch in the numerous fishing villages that dot the coastline, or farmers selling their produce at the local markets or on the roadside next to their fields.
Cesme Info: Cesme is located on Turkey's western coast overlooking the Aegean Sea. Less than one hour's drive from Turkey's 3rd largest city of Izmir, Cesme is the ideal location for a combined beach and sightseeing holiday with its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, fantastic climate and nearby historical gems. Cesme is easily reached by local mini buses called 'Dolmus', which offer a colourful insight into the Turkish way of travelling.
*Cesme (pronounced as chesh-ma) means fountain in Turkish, and comes from the many springs that were built in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cesme has a long history which is evident from the Genoese Castle situated in the centre of town that dates from the 14th century. Next to the castle is the Caravanserai added in the 16th Century.
*The Castle now houses an exhibition centre, restaurant and bar, whilst the Caravanserai is a hotel and restaurant where you can have a meal or drink whilst soaking up the ambience of the castle and its surroundings.
Take a stroll in Cesme: During the high summer season the main shopping area is pedestrianised, allowing you to wander freely between the shops, restaurants and bars.
*In the town centre you can find a good selection of carpets, leather goods and souvenirs, which if you decide to buy you can practice your haggling skills. If you feel adventurous, you can explore the maze of side streets to examine Cesme's historic architecture, and witness the daily activities of the local Turkish people.
*When dusk falls, Cesme becomes the place to be seen with its 'cafe culture', as both tourists and locals take a leisurely stroll with their family and friends to enjoy the cool evening air.
Activities:It is possible to undertake most sporting activities in the area, especially sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and scuba diving as the area boasts several schools due to the excellent location for these sports. We can advise you how to book these activities on your arrival, or you can contact us for more information prior to departure. Pre booking is advisable during the busy months of July and August, to ensure that you will not be disappointed.
Cruise the Aegean Sea:
On Cesme's waterfront, you are able to book daily boat trips to the nearby islands. The most popular day trip is to "Donkey Island" which includes stops for refreshing swimming breaks and a meal at lunch time. You can also charter your own boat, which if you are in a large group can be comparable in price to an organised tour from the sea front. Chartering a boat (usually a Turkish Wooden sailing boat called a Gulet) will allow you to cruise the Aegean at your own pace and make you feel really special as you cruise around the coastline on your private gulet.
The Greek island of Chios, is easily reached from Cesme. You can take a day trip by ferry to explore this unique island to visit places of interest such as Chios town, or you can escape to the various picturesque villages and beaches.
Local Beaches:Cesme's Peninsular offers a number of clean sandy beaches and secluded bays for swimming, sunbathing or for participating in a number of water sports activities. A number of the beaches have been awarded blue flag status and are cleaned daily in the height of the summer season. Luckily, some of the areas best beaches and swimming waters are located only minutes away from the villas.
Nightlife: In the evening you can linger over a raki by the waterside or visit the music bars and discos in and around town. Inkilap Caddesi is a good place to go for music, and favourite haunts include Garden Bar (popular with locals and tourists), Dreamers Karaoke, Patikas (for an authentic Turkish experience) and Sultana Bar (friendly, family-run bar with Turkish décor). Korfez on the harbor is the town's only night club and there are two more in Ilica - Barcelona and Seaside, both mainly Turkish and rather pricey. At night a lively, fun atmosphere pervades, especially in the restaurants, cafes, bars and discos along the promenade.
I have done some research into it for you and i can safetly say that i cannot find sweet FA on the Sifne market other than it has a greek feel to it. Sorry....Maybe someone else can shed light on what it meant by that.