Alacati is a classic Turkish coastal town that sits on the Cesme Peninsula, on the western coast of Izmir Province. Alacati’s charming streets are full of picturesque whitewashed stone houses with blue shutters and bright floral trimmings, and its reputation as a chic and trendy coastal destination continues to thrive. Up until 1914, Alacati was formerly owned by Greece, but throughout the last decade, the stylish beach clubs, art galleries and excellent gastro scene of this coastal hot-spot have been attracting visitors from all over the seas, making it now one of Turkey’s most desirable sailing destinations.
This authentic seaside town comes to life from May to September, when the boutique coffee shops and restaurants become crowded and the stunning Alacati yacht marina is full of luxury yachts and sailboats. Visitors sail to Alacati to experience its traditional architecture, impressive windmills and stunning vineyards, but it’s best known for its crystal clear water and steady, consistent winds that create the perfect environment for windsurfing, kitesurfing and, of course, sailing.
Despite Alacati’s rising cosmopolitan image, it still retains a relaxed atmosphere and laid-back village vibe, which is perfect for a sailing holiday of leisure and escape. The nightlife scene is vibrant and busy, with clubs and beach bars starting in the early afternoon and raging on into the early hours of the morning, so if you’re looking to join the trendy locals for a night on the town, this is the place to be.
The boutique restaurants that line the narrow streets of Alacati are a large aspect of attraction for the visitors of this charming town. Restaurants like Agrilla, Asma Yapragi and Yengec are creating gastronomic masterpieces from produce grown by the locals; they purchase the freshest supplies at the Alacati markets (the vibrant fish markets are definitely a must-see) where you, too, can shop and create your own inspiring Turkish cuisine from the luxury of your own private boat. Pair this fantastic local fare with a trip to some of Alacati’s gorgeous vineyards – our favourite is Urlice Vineyard – and you’ll find yourself in foodie paradise.
One sight not to miss is the well-preserved ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Just a short cruise south, here you’ll find the impressive home and statue of the Virgin Mary and the famous Library of Celcus.
Alacati’s beaches – namely Okan’s Place, Propaganda beach and several stunning private beach clubs – are a short sail from the centre of town, about 4km away, and reward visitors with long stretches of white sand, clear, shallow water, luxurious lounge chairs and strong breezes for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Nearby Cesme is also known for its beaches – namely Ilica beach – along with its interesting castles and stunning new marina.
The closest airport to Alacati is Izmir airport. Most European carriers fly here, and it’s about an hour’s drive from Alacati’s town centre. From here, you can book an airport transfer, a taxi or use the regular bus services. If you’re driving to Alacati, you can take the O-32 highway or the D300 scenic highway.
The bay of Alacati is safe and shallow, and provides a perfect anchorage point in the Cesme Peninsula. This area of Turkey’s coast is perfect for sailing, with strong winds, amazing beaches and gorgeous scenery, and beautiful Alacati will be sure to romance you into falling in love with its friendly people, idyllic town streets, delicious cuisine and relaxing way of life. Alacati is waiting, so start planning the sailing holiday of a lifetime now!