Formerly named Agrilia and inhabited by local Greeks until 1920s, Alaçatı was long forgotten until 1990s when it started to attract Turkish intellectuals yearning for a peaceful, rural haven. Since 2000s, it is much trendier and has a wider visitor profile, which includes many windsurfers.
Buses departing from Izmir's otogar heading for Çeşme—the principal town of the peninsula—calls at Alaçatı. The buses are run by Çeşme Seyahat (☎ +90 232 716-82-99, . ), with one and a half hour intervals between 06:30AM and 7:30PM during off-season, most likely more frequent during summer.
There are also minibuses (dolmuş) from Çeşme, and Ilıca.
Alaçatı lies very close to O-31, a motorway (toll-road) with 2-lanes per direction linking Izmir with Çeşme. It takes around 45 minutes to get to the village from Izmir, which lies 70 km east of Alaçatı.
The village lies 8 km east of Çeşme.
The beach on the windsurfing cove, which lies about 2 km south of village, is connected to village centre by minibuses (dolmuş).
Telephone code of the village is (+90) 232.