Sun shining on your skin, wind blowing your hair… You feel lazy, relaxed and blessed. Some days you don’t have any plan; only plan is to get in the car and drive to hidden bays. That’s how I know we are in Cesme, Aegean Coast of Turkey.
There is something for everyone there: for fun lover youngsters to quiet seeking adults. In this guide, I’ll try to share how to treat the town like you’ve been living there. This won’t include sunset parties nor happy hours; but I guarantee it will feel different.
Find backyard gardens behind the streets of Alacati to escape the crowds. If you ever been there, you know that you can’t even walk on the streets due to human traffic. So, look for Misk or Brendi for that quiet space.
Eat good food. Most of the restaurants are overpriced in Cesme; but there is a place where no one tells you about. Its also not very possible to get reservation, but please do try. Its called Horasan. The chef is self-taught, he has been to San Sebastian and knows how to work with good ingredients.
Another spot; simple and good food at Asma Yapragi. Daily made, family recipes. Mediterranean cuisine. Nested in a secret garden.
(Edit) New Discovery! Cura Balik in Germiyan. Food is fine, the setting is divine. When we first entered I thought its a wedding reception. But no, this is their usual. Just go there early to watch the sunset.
Drive to sea side villages of Izmir. Take off while the sun is setting and enjoy the ride. This time we drove to Balikliova – between Cesme and Urla. The road takes approximately 30 mins.
Our destination was Partal Kardesler. Its a family owned fish restaurant. Actually rather than a restaurant, you feel like you visit their house. Sea food is incredibly fresh and the view is wouw!
Enjoy your vacation!