The beautiful coastal town of Cesme lies on the west coast of Turkey and is lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Sitting above the water, keeping a watchful eye out over the city, is Cesme Castle. This majestic structure offers 360-degree views of the area. It was built in 1508, meaning it is full of history and great stories of war. This is a must-see when visiting this popular beach town, so be sure to make the hike, even if just for the views.
Inside the grounds
The castle houses an archaeological and naval museum, as well as some excellent exhibitions of fascinating artifacts from the ancient city of Erythrai. See everything from cannons to weaponry for use both on and off dry land; a trip to the castle is educational and great fun for the kids. Bear in mind that there are many steep steps, so if coming with small children you won't be able to bring the stroller everywhere. Within the castle walls you will also find some charming places to have a drink or a bite to eat, as well as plenty of opportunities to pause and enjoy the historic atmosphere inside.
A view fit for kings
Explore the castle and then head outside to enjoy breathtaking views of Cesme from this high vantage point. The structure was originally built right by on the water in order to give the best views of the sea, however the land has since been filled in and there is a road passing in front. Ottoman ruler Bayezid II made significant expansions to the building in the 1500s, bringing it to its current glory; however, not long after he lost the castle in a Russian invasion.