"Alacati was a big surprise" Alacati by Tdiver

Alacati Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 198 photos

My first visit

My wife,friends and i decided on Alacati as it offered a great looking local stone built hotel and it was near to a couple of places we wanted to visit before going further south down the Aegean coast.It has a short history for such an area rich in ruins,only going back to around 1850,when the then Ottomans brought in Greek workers to dry the marshes which had been a source of malaria.These people stayed and started vineyards.In 1924 a new wave of immigrants arrived from Thessaloniki,Bosnia and Albania in the population exchange and knowing little about wine production started farming tobacco and animals.The vineyards died out over time as did tobacco and now very little farming is evident.Fortunately because of it's position it is well suited to tourism although there is very little as yet as nearby Izmir and Cesme get the bulk of it and the only major building is near the harbour which is itself seperated from the town and a great place to learn to windsurf.There is a local market on Saturdays near the centre of town,easy to spot because the mosque is in the centre but it was originally an Orthodox monastery.The town really only has the one main street just wide enough for a car and a person with lots of small cafes and restaurants so never is anything more than 5 minutes walk away.The nearest beach is 2km away near all the windsurfing centres.Airport is 50minutes away.Cesme is 5-10 minutes away with its restored castle 1508 and lots of hotels and ferries to Kos.Many other unspoiled beaches around make this a quiet base to visit this part of Turkey.For a general guide to the area with lots of information try www.alacati-rehberi.com and then go and enjoy it.

More information on all things Alacati are on these web pages:-
ALACATI GUIDE
ALACATI MUNICIPALITY sorry this one just in Turkish.
INTERACTIVE MAP, left click on the middle of the map and hold, then drag upto left corner and Alacati will appear. Now has English.

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  • Pros:Quiet and relaxing
  • Cons:Weekend visitors from Izmir
  • In a nutshell:I'm going back that's how much i liked it
  • Last visit to Alacati: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 3, 2009
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