Autumn is an eventful time for the Turkish resort town Cesme, when a number of fun festivals and sporting events take over the city. If you’re the sporty type, then check out the top events and things to do in Cesme below.
Arkas Aegean Link Regatta
Crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea, adventurous sailing conditions and breath-taking views… Arkas Aegean Link Regatta is Cesme’s first international sailing race starts from Cesme and finishes at the Greek Island of Chios. The first of the annual race was held in 2017 and broke a record by hosting 45 boats and 450 racers. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy a great event filled with sports, the sea and parties on the beach. You can follow the exciting competition from the Ilica Bay, city centre Cesme, beaches in Ovacik, and Chios or be a part of it!
Big Fish Alacati
After experiencing a fishing festival while traveling in New Zealand nine years ago, a few Alcati locals decided to bring a similar event to their hometown, and over the years Big Fish Alcati has grown into tone of the world’s biggest offshore fishing tournaments. A definite highlight is the closing party where you can enjoy the most delicious seafood and dance all night long!
Gran Fondo Cesme
Gran Fondo is a long distance road bike race for amateur cyclists with or without a license. The name derives from the Italian expression "Gare di fondo", meaning “distance race”. According to the participants' age and skill level the length and difficulty level varies. There are Fondo, Mezzo Fondo, and Gran Fondo races, with the last one being the course with the longest distance. The Gran Fondo in Cesme is sponsored by Radisson Blu Cesme and features magnificent beaches, a multitude of festivities and delicious Aegean Cuisine.
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Cesme is well acknowledged for being an ideal surfing spot throughout the year thanks to its steady winds and shallow waters. Most of the surfing centers in Alacati are open even in the winter so that surf enthusiasts can chase the wind in a more relaxed way than the busy summer days. If you have your own equipment, Pirlanta Beach offers a great spot for both kitesurfing and windsurfing. So why not put your wetsuit on and give it a try? If you're a beginner or for some local tips before you head out, check out our guide to windsurfing in Cesme.
Last, but not least... If you're more of an indoor sports person, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme's well-equipped fitness center is always at your service.