How can one describe Alaçatı?
One could begin by describing its storybook like town with windmills, cobblestone pavements and 150-year-old stone houses. A place where colorful flowers work overtime to create an ever present dreamlike olfactory experience. The setting of a beautiful pastoral poem that manages to celebrate man’s capacity for progress, pleasure and co-existence with nature. Places that manage to maintain this one of a kind balance are a rarity. Usually human progress and pleasure come at the expense of nature. In Alaçatı, this has been managed, which in turn has yielded a natural vibe of wonder that can be felt by all who visit.
A globally scarce sense of awe that contributes to Alaçatı’s fairy world like experience. One that is best relished while walking its Aegean sea breeze perfumed narrow streets, savoring its gum-mastic cookies and contemplating its soothing turquoise sea...
The origins of Alaçatı can be traced back to the 3000’s B.C.
Unsurprisingly, Alaçatı is a town that houses influences of many peoples. It is a cacophony of human philosophies and customs. A mélange that has refined and matured over the years and created this earthly seaside nirvana.
One of the best examples that showcases the ongoing cultural metamorphosis of this unique destination lies in its name. There is a lot of theories as to how an Ionian village known as “Agrilia” in ancient times became what is today known as Alaçatı. The latter is an appellation with a collection of origin stories that illustrate that mélange of cultures that created this distinctive area. Located 80 km west of Izmir, Alaçatı has a history dating back to 3000s. B.C. The Greeks gave Alaçatı the name of Alatsata. Migrant Turks then turned this into Alaçatı in the 14th century, after a tribe named Alacaat began to gain importance during the Ottoman period.
Shortly after Piri Reis, an Ottoman admiral and cartographer, conquered the area and allowed this tribe to settle. According to legend though the name Alaca At, which means red horse in Turkish, comes from when the ruler of the Alaçatı rode on a horse and bystanders called him "Alacaatlı” or the man with the red horse. Of course there are some who claim the name comes from "Ala çatı",which means shimmering roof. The latter belief is said to have come from the strong winds that made hanging drying clothes fly off and land on houses.
Centuries later, in the 1990s, the Alaçatı of today began to take form. With windsurfing enthusiasts arriving at the port, Alaçatı's transformation into a tourism destination began with a splash. Fast forward to today, Alaçatı is more than a just a fantastic windsurfing location, and is a full-fledged resort destination with a real buffet of things to do. Restaurants, bars, beaches and cultural excursions are simply rampant.
The Aegean area has a delightful ripe cuisine that has been passed on from generation to generation. The traditional Izmir cuisine (which is the area where Alaçatı is found) has been influenced by a variety of cultures, such as Ottoman, Greek, Jewish, Italian and French. This exciting cuisine makes use of fantastic and fresh local ingredients that together make a fantastic cuisine. Olive oil, numerous herbs, fruits, a variety of seafood coupled with local wines are a few of the pillars from this one of a kind cuisine.
Alaçatı is widely considered to be among the very best of places to experience this unique cuisine. Even in the smallest of restaurant’s of Alaçatı, unique tastes of the Aegean’s refined cuisine are likely to satisfy and surprise even the most demanding of food enthusiasts.
From past to present, Alaçatı, has been famous for its windmills. The latter turn because of the sea breeze for 330 days a year. These windmills have become the symbol of the town. Today they serve as some of the most attractive cafes and restaurants of this storybook town. Watch from a bird’s eye view the town of Alaçatı while sipping on drinks and soak in this priceless experience.
Alacati is located on a peninsula and is surrounded both northerly and southerly by the Aegean Sea. Alacati Port is located on the closest shore to the town-center. Those who have enough time must stop by this port as it contains a marina, several large hotels, entertainment venues and cafes.