Meaning ‘fountain’ or ‘spring’ in Turkish, Cesme is a popular sun and beach town surrounded by clear blue seas, a beautiful Mediterranean Riviera, and great escapes including Ilica and Alacati. The esteemed location of wealthy Izmirian country homes as well as a retreat for the Istanbul elite, this coastal town in the Aegean Region has become one of Turkey’s prominent centers of international travel and tourism.
Among top resort destinations of the Mediterranean
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Cesme does not seem to have been of high importance during ancient times, although the region and its thermal springs are referred to by historians of the time. The Romans did have a settlement in the area which in turn became part of the Byzantine Empire until the 11th century when Seljuk Turks took rule. For the next 400 years various warring Turks ruled Cesme. By the 14th century, mainly due to the fact that it was the end of the famous Silk Road where goods were carried back and forth from Asia, Cesme became a major port of this part of Turkey and the Turks allowed the Republic of Genoa to establish a trading post and a fortress. In the 15th century, the Ottoman Turks took rule over the area and Cesme eventually became part of the modern Turkish Republic.