Çeşme is a popular holiday resort, 80 km from Izmir, located on the tip of the peninsula which also carries the same name and which extends inland to form a whole with the wider Karaburun Peninsula.
Çesme", meaning "fountain" in Turkish, derives from the many sources of water found in the area. It is one of Turkey's most beautiful stretches. The slow pace, well-preserved Ottoman domestic architecture, a Turkish Bath, freshly caught seafood at any of the restaurants that line the promenade looking out to sea, clear blue sea, with landscapes of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees all of these are Çeşme.
Nearby Ilıca is famed for its thermal springs. Alaçatı, which lies a couple of kilometers to the South, has made its name in the world of windsurfing and kitesurfing, with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady wind and well acclaimed Turkish hospitality. Many lovely bays, accessible only by yacht, stretch along the coast southeast of the town and ensure peaceful and relaxing anchorages in this popular sailing region.