The coastal town of Cesme, meaning ‘Fountain” in Turkish, on the Aeagean Sea lies East of the Greek island of Chios and West of the metropolitan city of Izmir, Turkey’s third most populous city. Visitors arriving to Cesme by water will undoubtedly be first drawn to the sight of the restored military fortress that is Cesme Castle, keeping a watchful eye over the harbour. Built over 500 years ago by the Ottomans, this majestic structure and its archaeology museum is a must see whilst there and on climbing its ancient steps, you will be rewarded with an outstanding panoramic view of the area. The waters around Cesme are remarkably clear and make for great diving. We recommend visiting the beautifully sandy beach of Ilica five kilometres to the East, were you will also find the famous thermal mineral rich springs, of which some are in the sea.
- Samos (GREECE)
The Greek Island of Samos in the Eastern Aegean is but a stone throw from the Turkish coast, separated by the narrow Strait of Mycale, owing its name to Mount Mycale found on the Turkish mainland. Samos was the birthplace of the great Philosopher of Hellenistic era, Epicurus as well as the birthplace of the both mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, of which the beautiful historical village of Pythagorio is named after. The village of Pythagorio can be found to the South of the island’s capital, Vathy. Take a wander around Pythagorio’s narrow cobbled streets lined with well kept typical housing of the area, energised by vibrantly colours of Hibiscus and Oleanders. Venture away from the coast to the forested centre of the island, or to the beach of Livadaki to the North West, a quaint sandy beach, sheltered with crystal clear shallow waters. Lastly, make sure to visit the tunnel of Eupalinos.
The small town of Didim in Western Turkey is located in the Aydin Province on the Aegean Sea. A popular summer destination for many, its well known for its sights, history and fantastic beaches, one of which, the most popular in fact, named Altinkum Beach, is roughly two kilometres from the centre. This long stretch of coast offers crystal clear waters and golden sands. A must see whilst here are the ancient temple ruins of Didyma that date back to the eighth and seventh century BC respectively, of the ruins, and arguably the most important are those of the Temple of Apollo, which was at a time, the Greek worlds largest structure. Away from the beckoning beaches and magnificent history, take some time to discover the Lake Bafa Nature Park, cloaked in pine trees and olive groves and boasting over 300,000 types of birds and offers great hiking potential.
Extending from the South Western Turkish coast to the waters of the Aegean, the bustling city of Bodrum provides the visitor with a comprehensive selection of activities and sights to see, combining history, culture, entertainment and commerce. Bodrum is home to twin bays of beautifully clear water, overlooked by a medieval fortification built buy the Knights of Saint John in 1402 and Greek-like all white house’s pepper the hillside. Bodrum is packed with shops, galleries, eateries and has a lively nightlife. We recommend you visit the fishing village of Gumusluk, the stunningly beautiful Badakci Cove and lastly, the Bodrum Amphitheatre.
Located in Southwestern Turkey within the province of Mugla, on the spindly Datca Peninsula, lies the idyllic port town of Datca. Unlike the other bustling resort locations in the Aegean, Datca offers serene beaches and beautifully untouched nature, its tranquillity possibly owed to its less than convenient access. Take some time to explore Old Datca (Eski Datca), where you will find cobbled streets meandering amongst aged stone housing, beautifully dotted with violet coloured flowers. In the centre of Datca you will find cafes, restaurants close to the shore, local arts and crafts, be sure to pass by the small freshwater lake of Ilica Golu. We recommend taking some time to explore Domuzbuku Bay to the South, where you will find fantastic beaches, pine forests, figs and carob trees. 35 kilometers to the West of Datca lies the Ancient city of Kindos, this magnificent location, once a Roman and Byzantine trading centre, is home to the Temple of Aphrodite and the ruins of an amphitheatre overlooking the water.
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