Cesme is a port town and administrative centre of a district of the same name in Turkey's westernmost end. The town is located on a promontory (raised land) on the tip of the Cesme peninsula. The peninsula extends inland to form a whole with the Karaburun Peninsula.
The cruise port is popular as gateway to a premium (yet affordable) holiday resort coastal area, where 2/3 of the district's population is concentrated. Cesme is 85 km (53 ml) west of İzmir - the biggest port city and metropolitan center in the Aegean Turkey. A 6-lane highway (Otoyol 32) connects both cities. Cesme's neighboring districts are named Urla (to the east) and Karaburun (to the north), both part of the İzmir Province. The name "cesme" in Turkish means "fountain". It possibly draws reference from the numerous Ottoman fountains scattered across the town.
Cesme is best known as Turkey's kite- and wind-surfing capital. It is also ranked among the world's top 5 surfing resorts. Especially Alacati provides the ideal location for surfing - this is where all surfing schools are located and Surf Festivals take place annually. Alacati is unique as the water depth is 1 m for over 700 m (2300 ft) off shore, and the location is well known for its strong winds.
Cesme cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Cesme port dock at the only one pier, located at close proximity to the tourist info office.
The town itself is easily walkable. The town's main square is lined up with shops, cafes and restaurants (all with Wi-Fi coverage). Over the square there is a small fortress (functioning as museum).
Chios Island (Greece) is located opposite of Cesme, at approx 60 min by ferry. Ferries to Chios are regularly scheduled, which makes the Greek island a tour destination.
The Cesme cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Cesme, Turkey.
If you lose the Cesme location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.