Alaçatı, ranked eighth in the New York Times' “31 Places to See on Earth” list in 2010, is one of the three best and most famous surfing spots in the world, along with the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.
With its deep blue sea, houses with bougainvillea hanging from the windows, and cobblestone pavements, Alaçatı is a town of tales from the 1800s.
Alaçatı, the capital of surfing
Just 10 km from Çeşme, the town is a stopover point for adrenaline enthusiasts along with the peace and visual feast it offers. The suitable length of the waves despite the strong winds makes Alaçatı an ideal spot for many water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, and sailing.
Alaçatı is also famous for its stone houses. These houses which are cool in the summer and warm in the winter provide unforgettable accommodation as well as material for photography enthusiasts.
There are also many chic boutique hotels and hostels that you can spend a great time in Alaçatı.
Those who come to Alaçatı either get caught up in the wonderful smell of the sea and head to the beach on a surfboard or forget the troubles of the world in a cafe under the shadow of four historical windmills.
Delicacies of Alaçatı
The restaurants, cafes, antique shops, and gift shops restored from old Greek houses almost stop the time in the town where the sea, sun, and serenity are experienced to the fullest.
In these shops, local melons, mastic jams, hand-made products, and souvenirs are sold. Besides, various unique products are sold in the socialite bazaar on Saturdays.
Numerous restored old Greek houses in Alaçatı serve as restaurants. Local delicacies include seafood, eggplants, kumru, muska börek, pasha appetizer, stonecrop pickle, rose baklava, Alaçatı Melon, and ember-roasted, mastic flavored Turkish coffee.
Selçuk: A treasure of history and a paradise of nature
Thanks to its cultural and historical values, Selçuk is one of the leading tourism destinations in Turkey. The ancient city of Ephesus is just one of the historic districts that make İzmir elite worldwide because of its cultural assets. The first settlement in this district adorned with historical textures dates back nearly eight thousand years.
İzmir has been a fascinating city since ancient times. “They established their city under the most beautiful sky and in the best climate we know on earth.” said Herodot about it. Aristotle told Great Alexander that he’d be incomplete if he didn’t see İzmir. Victor Hugo, the great author, wrote poems for İzmir, and called it a ‘princess.’