Çeşme – İzmir – Turkey

GPS : 38°23’00.5″N 26°28’28.8″E / 38.383476, 26.474653

Ufakada Lighthouse
GPS : 38°23’26.5″N 26°25’43.7″E / 38.390697, 26.428798
Focal Plane : 14 m, Tower Height : 10 m
Character : R.FI. 1.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.3+0.7
Visibility Range : 8 nautical miles

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 38°23’00.5″N 26°28’29.6″E / 38.383462, 26.474875

Ildırı is a picturesque sea-side village on the Aegean Sea coast belonging to the administrative district of Çeşme in Turkey’s İzmir Province and located about 25 km north of Çeşme town, facing Chios.

There are amazing coves in Ildırı with pretty islands. You can go to these islands by yachts and boats. It is so amazing to watch the sun down in Ildırı. The famous Plato said that ” the best sun down on earth is in Erithrai”. And you can see it obviously, too.

Besides that the artichokes of Ildırı are so famous and tasty. These are the most delicious artichokes of Turkey. And also there are lots of fresh and tasty fish in Ildırı. In the local restaurants you can have in the best way.

An attractive anchorage. Anchor behind the island or W of the village.

There’s a pretty little fishing harbour behind the mosque.

Health : Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies
Shopping : Shops, Stores, Markets
Accommodation : Hotel, Pensions, Rental House, Apart Hotels, Motels
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Bakeries, Buffets
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Hair dresser
Beach : Çeşmealtı
Entertainment : Tea Gardens, Coffee Shops
Public Market : Monday
Special Shopping : Artichokes
Historical Site : Clazomenae
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops

Take a look around Ildir and you will immediately see stones and relics from more than 2.5 millenia ago with some antique stones resting in the artichoke fields of local farmers. Ildir, as it is known today, or Erythrai as the Ionians called it nearly 3000 years ago, is a small village about 20 km northeast of Çeşme. Ildir, as many areas around Çeşme, is worth seeing just for the natural beauty but it also possesses a historical feature to it that makes it even more ineteresting.

Erythrai was one of 12 Ionian cities located in Asia Minor and was founded by the Cretan Erythrus about 2700 years ago. At first an Ionian union member, the town later joined forces with the Athenians and the Persians. Never a large city (the population at that period is estimated to be 15-20,000 people), Erythrai gained fame as a producer of high quality wine and millstones. The city gained its independence thanks to Alexander the Great in 334 B.C. and then later aligned with the kingdom of Pergamum and then the Roman Empire, the latter of which ended up plundering and pillaging the city.

And after the earthquakes in the first century, the city lost nearly all its remaining importance. The ruins of Erythrai were partially unearthed during some excavations in the 1960’s but most of the city is still underground. Turkey, extremely rich in historical artifacts, still has most of its archeological wealth underground due to the high costs of such excavations and Erythrai is just one of these ancient sites.

Just as you come to the end of Ildırı you’ll see a sign pointing out onto the headland where the remains of several fine Roman villas with mosaic floors were uncovered. Don’t get too excited though. Most of the site is fenced off and the mosaics have been covered over again for their protection so all you can see are the low walls of the houses.

Eating fish in Dalyanköy is a classic in Çeşme. The fish restaurants and eating places are overcrowded at weekends and they are full of families eating dinner collectively.


Ildır – Çeşme 26 km, Ilıca 15 km, Adnan Menderes International Airport 80 km
Minibus : Ildır – Çeşme Center, Ilıca, Balıkova, Küçükbahçe
Bus : Ildır – Üçkuyular (İzmir)
Ferryboat : Çeşme – Chios (Greece), Brindisi (Italy), Ancona (Italy)
Seabus : Çeşme – Chios (Greece)
Airport : İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport

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