Typical architecture of Alaçatı
Alaçatı (pronounced aa-LAA-chaa-tuh) is a village in Central Aegean, just east of Çeşme, on the peninsula jutting out into the Aegean Sea.
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 3-lanes per direction linking Izmir with Çeşme. It takes around 45 minutes to get to the village from Izmir, which lies 72 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).
- Local architecture. Perhaps the main attraction of the village, all of the village's old parts consist of very well preserved local Greek architecture of stone buildings lining cobbled streets.
- Windmills. Ancient windmills dating back to 19th century on the top of the hill overlooking the village. Windmills themselves are shadowed by much taller modern electricity-generating wind turbines.
- Windsurfing. The cove of Alaçatı lies on the leeward side of this much windy peninsula in Turkey's western tip, which means lots of wind but no visible waves towards the coast—perfect for windsurfing! There are some schools offering windsurfing training on the beach.
- Babylon Alaçatı Beach, . A great private beach in Alaçatı, mostly preferred by holidaymakers from Istanbul.
- Pide — Turkish pizza, available at everywhere, and mostly tasty, but you should definitely taste the ones at Babylon Aya Yorgi beach.
- Fish — Definitely there are many alternatives for fish restaurants in Alaçatı and around nearby Çeşme as well. Dalyan is a very close village where locals prefer to dine in. Do not forget to try Turkish raki with fish.
- Kumru. A Special Turkish sandwich on a special kumru bread, typically with cheese, tomato, and garlic sausage and salami, no ketchup or mayonesee Kumru wexcogitated by Kumrucu Huseyin in 60's...
- Taş Hotel, Alaçatı. A boutique hotel.
- Imerek Otel, Yenimecidiye Mahallesi, 3048 Sokak no: 9, Alaçatı, ☎ +90 232 716-69-68 ([email protected]), . A hotel housed in a historical building, offering rooms with air-con, en-suite bathrooms, wireless internet access.
- Umit Ev Otel, 3058 Sok. no:24 Yenimecidiye Mahallesi, ☎ +90 232 716-81-33 ([email protected]). A small hotel in a historic building with traditional architecture in downtown Alaçatı, in a big garden. Provides organic breakfast (from garden), and free shuttles to beaches around Alaçatı, as well as boat tours to fishing and swimming spots.
Telephone code of the village is (+90) 232.
- Ilıca, with its hot springs discharging from the sea floor just next to a beach, lies on the northern coast of the peninsula, close to Alaçatı.