Southeast of Çeşme, Alacati isa lovely village of old stone houses populated by Ottoman Greeks a century ago. The nearest beach is 4 km away.
Alaçatı is now one of turkey's most unabashedly upmarket holiday spots, catering primarily for well-heeled Istanbullus and Izmiris. Many of the hotels and restaurant have been done up in almost painfully good taste. It’s still a lovely place to wander- through the cobbled streets, antique shops, boutiques, cafes and old stone houses decorated with colourful flowerpots and window baskets.
Note that most hotels (and restaurants) open only from mid-May to mid- October and for Christmas and New Year. Some restaurants open at weekends in low season. Reservations in hotels are recommended; they are essential in the high season.
Windsurfing in Alacati
Made up of a strip of sand around a small bay, Alacati beach (4 km from the town of Alacati, 70 km from Izmir) is fast becoming known among the windsurfing fraternity is one of the best places in and outside Europe for windsurfing.
The bay’s natural geography is said to provide good windsurfing conditions. In some areas the water is just one meter deep, the wind generally blows from the north (allowing for a surfing angle of 19 Centigrade degree) and keeps a constant speed at least 16 to 17 knots (through it can blow up to 27 knots). Waters are also relatively flat.
The main season is from mid-may to the beginning of November. A few hotels and around a dozen windsurfing clubs have sprung up. Note that, in high season, equipment and lessons should be booked at least one week in advance.
The largest windsurfing club in Turkey, the German run ASPC Alacati Surf Paradise Club is well-designed and professionally managed. It offers good courses in high quality equipment with over 160 boards and sails for rent (included including kites). A 10 hours beginners course coast 180 Euros, a 4-Hour Advanced course 100 euro; kite instruction costs 180 Euro for 6 hours.There is also a surf shop, a good Cafe serving drinks and meals and spot for caravans (10 euro to 15 Euro). A camping site is due to open in 2008. For a group of 5 or more, the center can also open outside the season