Like a dream world with its deep-rooted history, epic stories, windmills, cobblestone pavements, 150-year-old stone houses with protruding oriel windows and colorful, fragrant flowers, Alaçatı is the most beautiful verse of a pastoral poem...
It is a fairy world of narrow streets decorated with bougainvillea, where you feel the sea breeze of the Aegean, find peace in old stone houses smelling of gum-mastic cookies and forget about time while watching the turquoise sea...
Located 80 km west of Izmir, Alaçatı is a historical town dating back to the 3000’s B.C. There’s been a lot of stories told about how an Ionian village, which was known as “Agrilia” in ancient times, was named Alaçatı.
A rumor has it that a then landlord had a multicolored (“alaca” in Turkish) horse and those watching him ride the horse began to call him “Alaca atlı” which means the man with the multicolored horse. Therefore, it is thought that the name of Alaçatı derives from the phrase “Alaca Atlı”. Another rumor is that Alaçatı got its name from the Turkish tribe “Alacaatlar” who settled into the region after the Ottoman conquest of the island of Chios in 1566.
And the Greeks gave Alaçatı the name of “Alatsata”. It is thought that its name might have been evolved into “Alaçatı” by the Turks who migrated to the region. Greeks who had to migrate from Alaçatı spread to different corners of the world, but they kept using the name “Alatsata”.
In the 1990’s, Alaçatı became famous for its cool wind blowing for more than 330 days of the year. Thanks to the arrival of windsurfing enthusiasts to the town’s port, Alaçatı has begun to transform into a tourism destination. Today, Alaçatı is one of the most popular and exclusive holiday destinations with its historical ambience and beauty of nature.
The Aegean, and Izmir in particular, have a cuisine passed on from generation to generation throughout history, with the inclusion of new recipes. The traditional Izmir cuisine has been influenced by Ottoman, Greek, Jewish, Italian and French cuisines. The cuisine composed of local ingredients such as olive oil, numerous herbs of different types and flavors, wines produced from the region’s delicious grapes and seafood offers unique varieties.
As one of the places reflecting the Aegean culture best, Alaçatı is one of the most beautiful routes where you can experience the tastes of this unique cuisine. Even in a small cozy restaurant on the narrow streets of Alaçatı, unique tastes of the Aegean’s refined cuisine consisting of olive oil, appetizers and seafood will be enough to entice food enthusiasts.
From past to present, Alaçatı, has been famous for its windmills, turning in the sea breeze for 330 days a year. Many of the windmills that are called the technology marvel of their era, have become the symbol of the town. Today they serve as cafes and restaurants on the fairy streets of Alaçatı. Watch a bird’s eye view of Alaçatı while sipping your drinks in such places is indeed a priceless experience.
Alacati located on a peninsula is surrounded both northerly and southerly by Aegean Sea. As to Alacati Port, it is located on the closest shore to the centrum. Those who have enough time must stop by this port containing a marina, a few large hotels, entertainment venues, cafes.