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Where in the world: Europe  /  Turkey  /  Turkish Aegean Coast  /  Izmir Province  /  Cesme

Top 15 things to do in Cesme

2. Ilica Plaji

Float in the clear blue water and sink your toes into the soft, white sand of Ilica Plaji. Relax in a lounge chair under an umbrella after swimming in the warm water, which is heated by the thermal hot springs under the seabed. Restrooms and showers are available for a fee, and beach and watersport equipment can be rented, although you can also bring your own equipment to the beach. Nearby parking is available, but this popular beach gets crowded quickly, so parking can often be difficult to find. Be sure to bring warm clothing, as the beach is known to be windy throughout the year.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk

Thought to be the house of Mary, the mother of Jesus, until her death, the ancient ruins of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) is now a shrine for Catholics. Travelers on a pilgrimage often make the small stone house a stopping point. Inside the chapel is an altar beside a large statue of the Virgin Mary. As you look to your right you will see the smaller room where Mary is thought to have slept. Outside the shrine is a beautiful fountain, which many believe has spiritual healing powers. Before you go, it is traditional to leave a prayer in the "wishing wall."
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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5. Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk

See the ruins of the Greek Ancient City of Ephesus, home to the famous Temple of Artemis, named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This city was built in the 10th century BCE by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists and came under Roman rule in 129 BCE, when it flourished as one of the largest cities in the Empire. Explore this ancient archeological site entirely on foot, marvel at the spectacular facade of its library, and enjoy the proximity to other tourist attractions.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Ephesus Museum, Selcuk

See an archeological treasure recovered from one of the largest urban centers of ancient Asia Minor, including the famous statue of Artemis, at Ephesus Museum. Through more than 50,000 pieces, the museum tells the story of the city from Mycenaean and classical Greek times to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods. See the great selection of vases, statues, mosaics, and other artifacts at the archaeological section of the museum, and learn about the daily life in Byzantine and Ottoman Ephesus in the ethnological exhibits. The museum provides thorough information about exhibits in both Turkish and English.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Cesme Marina

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), Izmir

View the Ottoman-style tower that has come to represent the city at Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower). Built in 1901 to mark the 25th anniversary of Abdülhamid II's reign, the 25 m (85 ft) high tower was then gifted to the city by the German Emperor, Wilhelm II. Notice the Moorish themes of the iron-and-lead structure, and the four fountains that are aligned around the base. The town's prominent landmark rises from one of the main pedestrian spaces, Konak Square, so check out the surrounding shops or stop to feed the pigeons here.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Kemeralti Market, Izmir

For centuries Kemeralti Market was one of the city's most important commercial hubs, and this historical bazaar still preserves its original purpose. Join the locals in browsing for everything from fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood, to clothes, toys, and household items. Take a break from shopping at one of numerous cafes and eateries. While some sellers at the bazaar have fixed prices for their goods, you can often haggle and get a significant discount.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Kordonboyu, Izmir

Known as one of the best parts of the city to dine, Kordonboyu also offers grassy areas, long jogging paths, and tranquility away from the bustling city. Located adjacent to the sea, this neighborhood features wide open views and fresh sea air. Grab some traditional stuffed mussels from one of the street vendors, or opt for a meal at an upscale restaurant with a wide variety of foods, particularly fish. You can also take one of the scenic horse-drawn carriage rides, which have operated here for over a century.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. Public Latrine, Selcuk

Built around the 1st century CE, Public Latrine featured upscale facilities, including three marble benches with seats and mosaic floors, where wealthy citizens could visit when nature called. Considered modern for the period, the site used advanced plumbing systems and provided a small pool as well. As toilet paper was not available then, users of the latrine would clean themselves with a moist sponge on a stick. Today you can see the well-preserved remains of this restroom and its 36 toilets, all positioned one next to another in perfect linear fashion.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Tarihi Asansor, Izmir

Reach the upper levels of the community for expansive views of the city, the bay, and the surrounding landscape with Tarihi Asansor. The original elevator was built in 1907 and transported people and goods to the upper quarters of the city, allowing them to bypass the steep cliffs. It has since been replaced by a modern elevator, but the structure remains the same. Take it up for some great photo opportunities, or sit down for a drink and a bite to eat at the outdoor restaurant located at the elevator's exit--one of the city's fanciest. There is no charge to visit this site. Bring a jacket, as it can get fairly breezy on top.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Izmir Wild Life Park, Izmir

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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