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Cesme is a popular resort town to the west of Turkey's largest metropolitan city, Izmir. You can book ferries between Chios and Cesme with the Turkish ferry company Erturk Lines.
Ferries to and from Cesme
On board an Erturk ferry to the nearby Greek island of Chios you will find friendly and knowledgeable staff dedicated to ensure that those who travel on their ferry services receive the highest value. Because the crossing is short, there aren't a multitude of features on the ships but you will find all the basic amenities including a snack bar.
Cesme meaning "fountain" in Turkish probably derives its name from the number of Ottoman fountains found in the area. Cesme with its wonderful serene beaches, clear blue waters and lush cultivated fields dotted around the coast is a popular holiday destination amongst visitors from Scandinavia, other Turkish cities, the Greeks and the British.
Cesme is a vibrant mixture of history and modernity. Apart from the beautiful beach of Ilica, the town of Cesme is dominated by two of the most important constructions in the town's history - one of them is the 14th century Genoese fortress later enlarged and fortified by the Ottomans which has now been turned into a weapons museum and the other one is the 16th century caravanserai built by Emperor Süleyman the magnificent which has now been turned into a chic boutique hotel.
By day Cesme offers some of the most exquisite panoramic views and by night it is transformed into fun filled town with a number of waterfront bars and restaurants offering discos etc. There is no shortage of good food in Cesme; you will find many good restaurants along the promenade or in the main square. While in Cesme, don't forget to try Cesme's famous mastic flavoured ice-cream. Cesme is also famous for its thermal springs which can be found in many parts of the town.
Cesme ferry port is located in Cesme town which is a popular resort town to the west of Turkey's largest metropolitan city, Izmir.
Cesme port facilities
Cesme ferry port offers ferry connections to various Greek islands and the Italian port of Ancona. Cesme ferry port is well signposted from all parts of the town and can be easily reached by a minibus or taxi. While the port itself does not offer many facilities, the town centre is not too far away from the port.
Getting to Cesme
Cesme is half an hour from Izmir by car. There are also regular buses that operate this route.
6-7, Beyazit Caddesi, Cesme, Turkey
Cesme Port, Cesme, Turkey
23 Oct 2014Very poor service
First of all, the staff are very roux and resist, most of them were Turkish and they hate Kurdish, they were very roux to us, until we spoke to the manager - unfortunately she was worse. When we booked we asked for a cot for kids under 3, but they didn't provide it. We asked for an extra blanket and it took 6 hours for them to give it to us. They are rubbish. Loading was not good at all either. I wished to get off and stop my journey...shame on you.
Review by Shekha