THE CYCLING ROAD

A non-stop cycling road of 40 km is being constructed by the coastal line in the city. The İzmir Metropolitan Municipality’s bike rental system Bisim stations aim to unite the cycling routes on the peninsula. On the other, hand the municipality tries to integrate the city to the European Cycling Network (Eurovelo). Eurovelo has 14 routes, consisting of a total of 70 thousand km that are managed by the European Cycling Federation. European cycling roads will be connected with the Peninsula through Çeşme via the sea when the membership is realized. The end point in İzmir will be the ancient city of Ephesus. The project is estimated to expand from Aydın, Kuşadası to Muğla and the Mediterranean on the basis of the partnership project between the cities.
 
Along with the organization of the municipality that aims to connect the cycling routes to the urban roads as well as the Mediterranean network, four associations and communities have also worked in the field, focusing on bikes. The cyclists have started pedalling in two groups from the Çeşme port. The cyclists have defined the routes in compliance with the Eurovelo parameters and consisting of 773 km that ends at the temple of Artemis, in Selçuk. Three (190 km) of the 15 courses that have surfing schools, spas, beaches and natural attractions are in the Eurovelo standards. The cycling route is numbered with many natural and historical attractions that are worth being visited on the Peninsula. 

 

Stage name Stage # Route Course Name Distance   Duration          (h)  Min.  Max.  Difficulty
Stage1 Eurovelo 1,10 EMY 1 Çeşme-Urla (Klazomenai) 77,4 7 1 297 3
1,20 EMY2 Urla (Klazomenai)-Ürkmez(Lebedos) 61,3 5,3 1 144 2
1,30 EMY3 Ürkmez (Lebedos)-Selçuk (Ephesus) 52,1 4,45 1 88 3
Stage2 Çeşme-Urla 2,10 EMY4 Çeşme-Alaçatı 30,7 2,45 1 97 2
2,20 EMY5 Çeşme-Uzunkuyu 36,8 3,15 1 226 3
2,30 EMY6 Alaçatı-Ildırı/Germiyan Junction 32,6 3,3 7 245 3
2,40 EMY7 Ildırı(Erythrai)-Balıklıova-Gülbahçe 32,9 2,5 2 151 2
Stage3
K.burun
3,10 EMY8 Ildırı/Karaburun Junction-Balıklıova 88,3 10 2 545 4
3,20 EMY9 Küçükbahçe-Karaburun 31,2 4 7 418 3
Stage4 Urla
Seferihisar
4,10 EMY10 İçmeler-Urla (Klazomenai) 23,5 2,1 2 223 2
4,20 EMY11 Bademler-Gödence 58,2 8,3 9 961 5
4,30 EMY12 Seferihisar-Orhanlı-Gödence-Seferihisar 86,5 12 24 500 4
Stage4 Menderes Selçuk 5,10 EMY13 Değirmendere(Colophon)-Orhanlı 43 5,2 61 226 3
5,20 EMY14 Ahmetbeyli (Claros-Notion)-Selçuk (Ephesus) 65,8 5,4 1 216 3
5,30 EMY15 Karakuyu-Selçuk (Ephesus) 53 4,4 5 107 3

Çeşme-Uzunkuyu Parkuru

Distance: 36.8 km

Duration: 3.15 hours

Starting point elevation: 1 m

Highest point: 226 m

Difficulty level: 3

It starts at the Çeşme port and connects to the EMY 1 route at Uzunkuyu village. The course proceeds through the Çeşme bazaar and, for a short while, follows the İzmir-Çeşme highway. It continues on the side streets for about 5 km and reaches Alaçatı through back alleys. Through the road where Alaçatı surfing school is located the route continues towards Mersin bay and proceeds among the wind tribunes to Zeytineli village and then to Uzunkuyu village.

Çeşme-Urla (Klazomenai) Parkuru

Distance: 77.4 km

Duration: 7 hours

Starting point elevation: 1 m

Highest point: 297 m

Difficulty level: 3
 
The course starts at the Çeşme port and ends at the Urla port, at the entrance of the ancient city of Klazomenai. Through the back side of Çeşme that has less traffic, over Ovacık village, the course continues towards Alaçatı and through the Şifne direction passing Ildırı. The ancient city of Erythrai is the first Ionian city. The destination proceeds to Kadıovacık, Barbaros, Birgi, Uzunkuyu and Zeytinler villages through the village roads with almost no traffic. Following Zeytinler village, the dirt road you will see at Tatar Bridge will take you to the Çeşme, İzmir, Karaburun junction. Starting from this point, the route continues with multilane roads to Urla. As you pass through the road, you can see the famous İskender (Alexander) bridge. The second ancient Ionian city, Klazomenai, is at Urla port. There are accommodation, food and beverage spots in Urla likewise in Çeşme and Alaçatı which are considered popular tourist attractions.
 
Çeşmeköy: Çeşme was invaded by Çakabey who also established the Turkish settlement Çeşmeköy during the 11th century. The remains of the mosque and the tomb dates back to 11th century.
 
Çeşme Castle and Archeology museum: Sultan Bayezid II built the castle in 1508 against the Geneose on Chios Island. Çeşme archeology museum is also located in the castle where archeological artifacts could be seen as well as the story of the Çeşme marine warfare between the Ottomans and the Russians.
 
Öküz Mehmet Paşa Caravansary: With its stores and warehouses, the Caravansary was built by Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent in 1529 to serve as accommodation for tradesmen as well as a trade spot. Today, the caravansary serves as a hotel. 

Çeşme-Alaçatı Parkuru

Distance: 30.7 km

Duration: 2.45 hours

Starting point elevation: 1 m

Highest point: 97 m

Difficulty level: 2
 
The course starts at the Çeşme port and connects to the Alaçatı EMY 1 route. It proceeds in the Çiftlikköy direction. The route continues by Pırlanta bay, Altınkum, Azmak bay, passing through the Port Alaçatı Complex and reaches Alaçatı.
 
Çiftlikköy: Çiftlikköy is located on the south and southwest of Çeşme and is at a 5 km distance ans is famous with its wind surfing, natural beaches and fish restaurants. Pırlanta, Altınkum and Tursite beaches are around it. Kite surfing is available at Pırlanta beach. Altınkum is located on a 15 hectare land and is equipped well for picnics. Alaçatı, which still acquires the uniqueness of a former Rum village, is famous with its boutique hotels and surfing centers.