The lively town of Kusadasi on Turkey’s west coast is dominated by package tourists from all across Europe and offers plenty to do for all ages. As I wrote in my earlier post, my first impression of Kusadasi was not the best ever, as the town is too touristy and busy for my taste, but on a positive note there are however lots of interesting things to see and do hidden behind the scenes so you just have to go out there and explore! Continue reading
After a long weekend in Izmir and five days exploring the cute seaside towns of Ilica, Cesme and Alacati on Cesme peninsula, my next destination was Kusadasi, which is located on the Aegean coast 80 km south of Izmir. I had absolutely no prior expectations of Kusadasi, but I had heard and read that Kusadasi is a popular package holiday destination. Yikes, I was not excited at all. I am not a package tour type of traveller. I rather avoid all places which are taken over by mass tourism. But this is very tricky in Turkey, as there are lots and lots of people, foreign tourists, Turkish tourists and locals alike, everywhere. And I mean everywhere, there are no empty quiet corners in this busy country. Turkey’s population alone is a whopping 82 million, topped with Continue reading
If you read my previous post you already know that I fell in love with Alacati, head over heels. Of all the attractive places I have been in Turkey, Alacati has a certain indescribable magic to it. Something you cannot really put into words. The feeling I had was something unique. Alacati really captured a special place in my heart.As soon as I walked down Alacati’s main street passing by cute shops and colourful houses I knew that Continue reading
It was love at first sight. When I walked down Alacati’s main street towards the maze of narrow cobblestone streets with colourful doors and windows I knew that this little town was my happy place.Alacati’s relaxed and romantic vibe means that you can happily lose track of time and get lost in labyrinth of narrow streets. Alacati’s tiny streets with beautiful stone buildings overhung by colourful bougainvillea are packed with Continue reading
Unlike many touristy towns in Turkey, Cesme has retained a local population and a traditional Turkish character. Thanks to its upscale yachting scene, there is a cosmopolitan and modern feel to Cesme, too. Located on the west coast of Turkey, some 85 km from Turkey’s third city Izmir, Cesme is a fairy well-kept local secret as not too many foreign visitors find their way here.
What to do and see in Cesme? How to discover Cesme’s charms?
Meaning ”fountain” in Turkish, Cesme is a charming and compact seaside town, so the easiest way to get around is walking. Continue reading
After exploring the best of hot and hectic Izmir for 3 days I was so excited to head to the beach. As I am not really into any busy mass tourist destinations I was recommended by locals to travel to Cesme Peninsula for a relaxing stay by the beach.
Cesme Peninsula is a hidden gem of Izmir province in western Turkey, only around 85 km from Izmir. There are three main resort towns on the peninsula: Cesme, Ilica and Alacati, all with their unique characteristics. These coastal towns provide a tranquil Turkish retreat away from the overcrowded beaches of the southern Aegean and Mediterranean.Out of these three beach towns I opted for Ilica, mainly because accommodation prices in Ilica are more affordable than in Cesme and Alacati. Generally speaking prices in Cesme Peninsula are much higher than Continue reading
Definitely the highlight of Izmir! Locals advised me to stay away from Kadifekale. They said Kadifekale is too dangerous. They did not tell me why or maybe they did but it was completely lost in translation as not many locals in Izmir speak English. So I was left wondering why? Why should I avoid Kadifekale? The first things that crossed my mind were: Drugs? Guns? Criminal activity? Mafia? I did do some research and found a few Continue reading
Even though I did not fully fall in love with Izmir, Turkey’s third city, I did find the city a very intriguing melting pot of east and west, old and new, traditional Turkey and modern Mediterranean Europe.Izmir is loaded with hustle and bustle, noise and odour. What amazed me the most was the amount of Continue reading
From bustling bazaars to ancient attractions and shimmering Aegean Sea, Izmir has a lot to do and see. 2–3 days is plenty to explore the highlights of Izmir city, after which you will be ready to experience what the province of Izmir has to offer. I have compiled a list of best things to see and do in Izmir to add to your itinerary and make the most of your visit to Izmir, Turkey’s third city. Continue reading
Kemeralti is a historical market area of Izmir, the lively heart and soul of the city, where you can enjoy hustle and bustle 7 days a week. Izmir’s Kemeralti bazaar dating back to the 17th century is similar to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.The market stretches over a large area from Konak Square all the way through to the ancient Agora. In the bazaar area you can try to navigate by looking for the minarets of the main mosques, which lie in the centre of the district. I opted to forget maps, map apps and minarets because getting lost in the narrow alleyways Continue reading