If you’re looking to discover a different aspect of Turkey, Cesme should definitely be on your radar! It’s a region where you will have some difficult decisions to make… Do you swim in the Aegean, or just sunbathe next to it? Maybe you might want to explore the old town of Alaçati instead? Do you want Doner for dinner? How about Kumru? Pide? Mezze?
Chris and I love discovering lesser known places and so when our friends from Cambridge, UK invited us to spend a few days with them in their family beach house in Cesme, Turkey we snapped up some flights and were on our way!
Having our friends, Iskender and Eylul, as our guides was gold and it has to be the best way to discover a place.
So we want to share with you the local insider guide to Cesme, Turkey.
Sadly not everyone has friends with a beach house in Cesme which is where we spent the first two nights of our trip. However, don’t despair there are plenty of accommodation options in Cesme that won’t break the bank.
We were kindly hosted by Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme for the last night of our stay and we can’t recommend it enough! Large rooms, views for days, fresh buffet breakfast, pool, private beach, thermal spring and spa with Turkish Hamam treatments. There is so much to enjoy, you may just spend your whole day at the resort (guilty!)
Enjoy the Aegean Sea: Two favourite seaside spots from the locals
When you’ve woken up at 1:30am to drive to Gatwick to catch a red-eye flight to Izmir, the only thing that is going to make you feel better is a dip in the sea! Ildır is where our friends’ beach house was, and we were staying 50m from the sea! We felt about 80% more human after a refreshing dip here. It’s also a beautiful spot to watch the sunset.
2. Aya Yorgi, Dalyan
We love a secluded swimming spot as much as the next couple, but sometimes, there’s no harm in having everything at your fingertips. We lounged around here for a few hours and enjoyed some drinks and a cheese board – there’s certainly worse ways to spend your day!
Explore the Picturesque Turkish Village, Alaçatı
Alaçati is a combination of some of my favourite things: Cute alleys, delicious restaurants, hipster cafes and a whole lot of friendly neighbourhood cats. We ended up visiting Alaçati three times, and spent hours just wandering around this beautiful village. Be warned though… this place is extremely busy in Summer!
Make Eating a Huge Priority: Five Foodie Goals Not to Miss
As amazing as Doner Kebabs are in Turkey (and they are!), there’s so much more cuisine to discover. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking on this one…
1. Mezze: Asma Yapragi, Alacati
2. Dessert: Imren Pastanesi, Alacati
3. Menemen (Turkish Eggs for breakfast): Mado, Cesme Marina
4. Dessert after breakfast (Dondurmali Irmik): Mado, Cesme Marina
4. Gözleme (savoury Turkish Flatbread): Manzara Cafe, Ildir
5. For Kumru Yengen (cheese, tomato, turkish Salami on delicious bread): Kumrucu Sevki, Ilica
If it’s a Doner or Pide you are after, you really can’t go past Dost Pide. We’d show you the photos, but we were too hungry so we didn’t take any.
So… that’s it! Hope you feel inspired to visit Cesme sometime soon, we would certainly love to go back some day!
C + P.