İzmir, historically also Smyrna, is Turkey’s third most populous city and the country’s second largest port city after Istanbul. It is located along the outlying waters of the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the seat of Izmir Province, which has an area of 7350 km2. The city of İzmir is composed of twelve metropolitan districts, each with its own distinct features and temperament, but all headed by the Mayor of İzmir. The total population of the province was 3,795,978 by the end of 2008.
The Çesme Peninsula, lapped by the waters of the Aegean Sea, lies west of Izmir, in Turkey’s Aegean region. Çesme, meaning fountain, derives from the many sources of water found in the area. It is one of Turkey’s most beautiful stretches, surrounded by clear blue seas, with landscapes of cultivated fields of aniseed, sesame and artichokes dotted with fig and gum trees. In the un-spoilt bays you can swim in absolute peace. Visitors will find excellent holiday accommodations, restaurants and sports and entertainment facilities. It is possible also to get to Greek island Chios (Sakiz) with regular daily ferries. Çesme has an international harbor linked to Izmir with a superb highway (80kms). Çeþme is in 90 km distance from Adnan Menderes Airport, 80 km from Izmir and 150 km from Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary.
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