Housed in the castle’s Umur Bey tower, this museum displays archaeological finds (mostly coins) from nearby Erythrae (now Ildırı), the...
Statue of Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa
With its back to the fortress and facing the sea is this statue of the great Ottoman admiral (1714–90), who was sold into slavery but...
From late May to September, gülets (traditional Turkish wooden yachts) offer one-day boat trips to nearby Black Island, Donkey Island...
No Problem Bar
Decorated with British souvenir towels, this expat hang-out offers tastes of Blighty such as a full English breakfast (TL10), pub quiz...
Patika Restaurant & Café-Bar
Overlooking the square, with a cute, two-table balcony, Patika serves standard meat and fish dishes. Between 9pm and 4am daily, Turkish...
Çeşme Fortress information
Lonely Planet review
This Genoese fortress, whose dramatic walls dominate the town centre, was built in 1508 and repaired by Sultan Beyazıt II, son of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (Mehmet Fatih), to defend the coast from attack by pirates. Later, the Rhodes-based Knights of St John of Jerusalem also made use of it. The battlements offer excellent views of Çeşme, and it’s good to walk around inside – under arches, up and down steps, and through towers.