Cesme is one of the most important tourism centers in Turkey, famous for its clubs, beaches and fish restaurants. The name of the town meaning fountain in Turkish, 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. Alacati, near Cesme, is a windy area in all seasons and so it is a famous windsurfs' paradise. Cesme's small fortress, now nicely restored as the local museum, looms over the square and provides a nice big dose of history and architectural character. From Cesme you can take daytrips to Greek island Chios (Sakiz) with regular ferries.