Alaçati – The Region
Culture, Cuisine, a wonderfulyl eclectic ambience and the most stunning beaches.
Alaçati – The Region Twelve years ago Alaçati was a run down old Greek stone village ignored by all for the more mainstream attractions of the nearby town of Çeșme. Then it was discovered by, what was initially, a small group of visionaries who determined to renovate the village staying true to its heritage in order to create a haven for artists, artisans, windsurfers (Alaçati is now a world-renowned windsurfing centre), and all who would enjoy its highly unusual and elegant charms. Thus creating an ambience a long way removed from any concept of mass-tourism. Over the next few years this like-minded, though eclectic group widened and Alaçati rapidly obtained a reputation within the sophisticated Turkish market as ‘the’ place to visit. Its warren of narrow cobbled streets is a joy to explore, meandering past all manner of markets, galleries and antique shops, perhaps stopping to spend time people-watching from one of the many cafés or the most wonderful array of restaurants which cater for all manner of tastes.
The Evening Ambience During the day the streets of Alaçati are deserted as most visitors head for the wonderful beaches of the region, visit the town and castle of Çeșme, explore the wild coastal scenery and beaches of the nearby Karaburun Peninsula, or perhaps travel a little further afield to visit the magnificent site of Ephesus. It is in the late afternoon and evening that Alaçati comes into its own as the myriad narrow streets begin to fill as people slowly explore its multiple of charms. During April-October the streets are entirely pedestrianised from 11:00-04:00 leaving Alaçati entirely free to be enjoyed at your leisure. The atmosphere varies dependent on the time of year, with the peak summer months (June-September) becoming particularly vibrant. That said one of the wonderful things about Alaçati is that music bars or nightclubs are not allowed and music stops by midnight’ish. Thus ensuring, no matter what time of year you visit and how busy and colourful the streets become – they are shared by like-minded visitors who are simply enjoying Alaçati’s unique and sophisticated ambience.
Food & Wine Food is vital part of the reason for visiting Alaçati with a wide variety of dining opportunities from the simple to the top-end of the gourmet experience. Mitu Restaurant of Alavya Hotel - has rapidly become a real landmark on the Alaçati scene however one of the joys of the hotel philosophy is that they are insistent Guests explore and enjoy the wonderful array of culinary experiences in Alaçati and will happily help with suggestions and reservations for Alaçati and the wider region.
Beaches in the Region The Çeșme and Alaçati region offers a plethora of white sandy beaches – renowned not only for being amongst the very best that Turkey has to offer but also as many benefit from warmer thermal waters that are rich in minerals. Complimentary bicycles are provided at your hotel and are an ideal way for Guests to explore the local beaches.Ilica Beach - 2kms of wide white sands Windsurfing at Port Alaçati Stunning, peaceful beaches abound Ilica Beach 2kms of wide white sands with a sea that is warmed by thermal springs and is rich in minerals. 3kms from the hotels – 15-minutes by bicycle, 40-minutes walk or 5-minutes drive. Port Alaçati This is the main windsurfing centre of the region and Turkey. The bay is shallow and protected making it ideal for both beginners and experts alike. The beaches are sandy and a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the spectacle even if not tempted yourself! 3kms from the hotels – 15-minutes by bicycle, 40-minutes walk or 5-minutes drive.
Altinkum Beach One of the regions most beautiful beaches and almost always tranquil. 14kms from the hotels – 20-minutes drive.
Beach Clubs There are also an array of beach clubs for those that enjoy a vibrant, fun atmosphere by the sea. These clubs charge a daily fee and can be booked by the hotel reception for you.
The Karaburun Peninsula Further afield but well worth exploring. Take a car and explore the beaches of this wonderfully remote peninsula. The wild sandy beaches are almost always peaceful and are interspersed between waterfront villages, full of character. 70kms from the hotels – 1 hour 30-minutes drive (but very much a worthwhile adventure). The Culture Alaçati is a cultural haven with all manner of art galleries, craft and bookshops to explore. At differing times of year there are often exhibitions and concerts held by a wide array of Turkish artists. The region is also an excellent base from which to explore the wider region including the magnificent site of Ephesus.The Climate Alaçati is well known for its micro-climate, where winds keep the heat of the summers relatively cool and fresh, while in winter the Lodos wind blows keeping the climate relatively mild. Combined with an array of bays with thermal waters this ensures Alaçati can be enjoyed for differing reasons throughout the year with swimming from the beginning of April to the end of November.