Few countries can boast of the lure of a place that is a natural combination of healing mineral springs, pristine beaches, and azure waters with green fields in the backdrop. Cesme, a unique village located on the Aegean coast, 80 kms. west of Izmir, is one such Turkish destination well known for its abundant healing springs and thermal waters. This quaint village has now evolved into a popular summer holiday destination, especially for surfers. Despite the influx of tourists and the buzz of touristy activity, Cesme has been able to preserve its old world charm and Turkish individuality. Dominated by a 16th century Genoese fortress, the town is also known for its sun-kissed shores, vast aniseed fields, windmills, remains of numerous 18th century springs and the indigenous mastic gum trees of the peninsula.