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Cesme

Post  Mavi on Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:31 am

It is located in the west of Izmir. The name Cesme means fountain in Turkish. The name comes from the many springs around the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey with its clean sandy blue sea, fish restaurants and lovely climate.

In the center there is a 14th century Genoese fortress which was restored by the Ottomans in the 16th century. The Caravanserai neighboring the fortress was built by Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century which was converted to a hotel during the restoration of Hagios Haralambos Church as the Amir Caka art gallery in the 19th century.

During the day one can join the boat trips to many islands around Cesme and at night there are many discos, bars, cafes to make your holiday enjoyable. Cesme is also famous for the Song Contests in the summer which is held in the Cesme Castle.

There are ferries running from Cesme to Venice. The beaches of Cesme are ideal for water sports. Especially Alacati is famous for its good location for wind surfing. In Ilica International Cakabey Optimist Yacht Races are held every year in July.

The most famous place to visit in Cesme for eating fish is Dalyan which is located in the north of Cesme. The best beaches in the area are Pirlanta Plaj and Altinkum which are located in the south of the center.
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