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Çeşme

 

 

Çeşme is located 85 km to the west of Izmir, the largest metropolitan center in Turkey's Aegean Region. The resort is also a favorite vacation spot for the inhabitants of Turkey. It has always attracted people here because of the healing hot springs. Çeşme is one of the most beautiful parts of the coast. It is surrounded by aniseed, sesame and artichokes fields as well as fig trees. Visiting Çeşme, you will get real pleasure from a leisurely pace of life, fresh sea food and hospitality of the local residents.

Today Çeşme is a modern resort with many comfortable hotels and sports grounds, excellent restaurants and discotheques, gaming salons, shops, bars and cafes. Here there are amazing sandy beaches, the cleanest water on the coast, and another "highlight" that attracts enthusiasts of marine entertainment from many countries: the northern coast of Cape Çeşme, being windswept, is the perfect place to practice surfing, windsurfing and sailing. When in 1968 the Hawaiians Holly Schweitzer and Jim Drake attached a sail to the board, they could not even imagine what a genie they had released out of the bottle. Just a few months later, the whole world "got sick" with a new water amusement called wind surfing, Today windsurfing is one of the most popular sports. One can start surfing at any age, but, alas, not everywhere. Therefore, Çeşme is one of the best places for beginners and advanced surfers as well. Thus, Çeşme is known as the windsurfing and kite-surfing capital of Turkey, and the third best surfing resort in the world. Especially Alaçati offers the ideal location for surfing, and this is where all the surfing schools are located and the Surf Festivals take place in Alaçati every year. The shallow waters of 1, 5 m in depth and 400x400m in area, are blown by a strong wind for the whole year. It is ideal to get on board for the first time. Most hotels have windsurfing schools, staffed by experienced instructors. The main attractions of the resort are mineral and thermal springs.

Çeşme Hot Springs is one of the most interesting and rare places in the world, the springs are right on the coast near the Çeşme Hot Springs beach on the İzmir – Çeşme  road 5 km from Çeşme. The water temperature is around +58◦C and contains sodium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride. The waters are good for those suffering from chronic rheumatism, problems arising from poor metabolism, such as gout and obesity, as well as rickets, skin conditions, gynecological disorders, and liver and urinary tract conditions. There are modern facilities in the vicinity of the Hot Springs, which even have thermal pools and baths inside them. Transportation to the springs is provided by the Çeşme buses which leave from Üçkuyular.

Sifne (Reisdere) Thermal Spring and Mud Baths – located 5 kilometers north of Çeşme Hot Springs. It is equipped with a center, has all the conditions, including several restaurants, a large communal pool with benches in the water. The temperature of the local sources is +38◦C, the water contains chlorine, sodium and calcium. The resort is recommended for the treatment of people suffering from rheumatism, rickets, gynecological disorders, urinary tract infections, stomach and intestinal conditions and skin conditions like eczema. The Peninsula also has some historical sites – the ancient Genoese fortress of the XIV century built under Sultan Bayazet II. The fortress was to protect the local population from the Knights of Rhodes, but in the XVII century it did not survive the assault of the Venetians and was seriously destroyed. The fortress was restored only in the XIX century.Today there is the Archaeological Museum here. From here you can go on a day trip to some of the Greek islands (by ferry to the islands of Kos, Samos, Chios) and visit the cities of the ancient world such as Ephesus, Priene, Miletus, Didim.