A travel secret in Turkey
Southeast of Çeşme, Alacati is a 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.