A Summer Vacation in Alaçatı
If you have never been to Alaçatı, one of the most popular vacation spots in Turkey, it means you have never had a true holiday experience.
People say "its fame exceeds the borders of Turkey" for many places. However, not many of them live up to this reputation. However, when it comes to Alaçatı, we can easily use this phrase because Alaçatı is a vacation destination which ranked eighth in the New York Times' "31 Places to See on Earth" list in 2010.
With its deep blue sea, houses with bougainvillea hanging from the windows, and cobblestone pavements, Alaçatı is a town of tales from the 1800s.
If you haven't had a summer vacation in Alaçatı so far, you're missing a lot. You ask why? Here are the answers:
The best destination for surfing
If we were told that "Alaçatı" meant "surfing" in Turkish, we would have believed it! Having strong winds but suitable waves at the same time make Alaçatı one of the rare surfing spots in the world. As the sea remains shallow for quite a distance, rookies of this sport love Alaçatı too. This means that Alaçatı brings the professionals and the newbies together every day. If you've never surfed before, don't worry, there are many schools in Alaçatı where you can learn surfing.
Different options for those who want to enjoy the sea
The different spots where you can swim in Alaçatı promise different experiences. For example, appealing to the people who like to swim in cool waters, Alaçatı Piyade Bay is an area with no winds and that has sparkling sand. In this heaven-like bay, you can enjoy water sports in the morning and participate in various types of entertainment organizations at night.
Alaçatı Port Area, on the other hand, is one of the places favorable for windsurfing with its wind and still sea. Plus, the sea is shallow enough for children to swim safely.
Çark Beach is located just south of the most popular surfing spots in Alaçatı and offers non-stop entertainment with its beach clubs.
Deliklikoy is another story! It’s really difficult to believe that a bay this quiet can be found within the borders of Alaçatı. The only way to reach to Deliklikoy, where there are no facilities or public transportation options, is with your own vehicle.
The city's popular holiday resort is also home to one of the city's most colorful bazaars. It is possible to find everything you are looking for in the market which is established in a very wide area on Saturdays.
At the bazaar which opens at Şehitlik Street, fruits and vegetables brought by the villagers of Tire, Urla, İzmir, and Milas are sold as well as textile products, fabrics, shoes, and accessories. Locals and tourists show great interest in these products which are sold at the counters that reach up to 200 in number during the summer season.
The restaurants, cafes, and shops restored from old Greek houses almost stop the time in the town. In these shops, local melons, mastic jams, hand-made products, and souvenirs are sold.
Numerous restored old Greek houses in Alaçatı serve as restaurants today. Local delicacies include seafood, eggplants, kumru, muska börek, pasha appetizer, stonecrop pickle, rose baklava, Alaçatı Melon, and ember-roasted, mastic flavored Turkish coffee.
Stone Houses and the Windmills
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.
It is, of course, impossible for windmills not to become a symbol in a place famous for its wind like Alaçatı. After milling wheat for a full century and a half in the past, the windmills have been restored and some serve as restaurants or cafes today. You can walk around these windmills and see Alaçatı from the hills.