Alaçatı Guide

ALACATI

Alaçatı is a charming little town has reached up to the present by preserving its historical, architectural and original structure without losing its innocence… The town embraced tourism with warmth especially thanks to its beautiful limestone buildings which shelter spirits from the past and its tireless wind. Then our town has become one of the most beautiful and loved paradises in Turkey. 

    

 ALACATI LIFE

 In the time of the Greeks, thanks to viticulture and wine making, Alaçatı had the brightest periods in its history. However, right after the exchange, the difficult years began for the town. Muslim Turks from the Balkans didn’t know anything about viticulture and olive. So immigrants from Thessaloniki removed all the vineyards and planted tobacco. And those from Bosnia to Kosovo began farming. But the climate of the region wasn’t convenient neither for tobacco, nor for farming. For this reason, growing tobacco wasn’t enough to feed the whole town… Fortunately, that unproductive period has changed over time and vineyards and oil returned back to town. And by welcoming tourism, Alacati has progressed at a great pace and win its old glory back. In 1990’s, first arrivals to town’s port were the windsurfing enthusiasts thanks to its endless wind, then the old Greek house aficionados arrived in the 2000’s... The famous narrow cobbled streets of Alacati is decorated by the single or two-storied stone houses. Having this historic architectural structure as the most important economic value of Alaçatı, slowly started the migration from metropolis and became a reason for foreigners to flock here. The first small hotel was opened in 2001 and in such a very short time Alaçatı has become one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey. Natural white stones that are extracted around the region were used almost in all Greek houses. They are kind of stones that harden easily right after the processing. Because the stone houses are preserved intact, the youngest of these houses is nearly 100 years old. Therefore, Alacati town center is also declared as “Urban Site /Protected Area” in 2006. As a result of that, making new buildings contain elements contrary to the traditional architectural tissue has been banned and restoring or repairing old houses without loss of fidelity has been a must. Most of the restored houses actually converted into extremely charming small hotels and chic restaurants that are known country-wide. Being developed under the control of the government, our lovely little town has become one of the most protected resorts of the country –perhaps the most beautiful too-.

    

 LOCATION

 

Connected to the district of Izmir, Alacati is located right in the center of the Cesme peninsula’s 'slim waist' where the wind constantly travels from north to south and south to north. While the northeaster gets the summer breathing, the warmer southwester makes the winter tolerable in the region. Number of windy days in Alaçatı (330 days a year) above the average in Turkey, and this case makes the town one of the most important wind surfing districts in the world. The region’s never-ending wind and turquoise sea is the biggest reason why Alacati is the center for surf lovers.

 

Travel distance From Izmir, it takes about 45 minutes to drive to Alacati. For those who come with their own vehicles from Istanbul; after getting off Yenikapi-Bandirma ferry, driving through Balikesir, Manisa, Izmir, it takes proximately 4 to 5 hours to get there. By bus from Istanbul and from Izmir Metro, Ulusoy and Kamil Koç companies have regular buses from Istanbul to Izmir. It is also possible to take a bus goes directly to Alacati in about 50 minutes from Izmir or Uckuyular garage.

 

Started as a small organization in 2010, "Alacati International Fishing Tournament" has become Europe's largest open-sea fishing tournament by 2012. Hosting the sportiest fishermen of Turkey, waters of Alacati have a considerable place in the world. The tournament shows an incredible development in terms of the quality of the boats and the teams because of the increasing number of participants. Last year, Alacati hosted 350 amateur fishermen along with 70 boats and it was the highest number recorded for fishing tournament in the region of all time...

 

 ALACATI FISHING

 

Started as a small organization in 2010, "Alacati International Fishing Tournament" has become Europe's largest open-sea fishing tournament by 2012. Hosting the sportiest fishermen of Turkey, waters of Alacati have a considerable place in the world. The tournament shows an incredible development in terms of the quality of the boats and the teams because of the increasing number of participants. Last year, Alacati hosted 350 amateur fishermen along with 70 boats and it was the highest number recorded for fishing tournament in the region of all time…

  

To us, fishing is not just about fishing and the fish that caught in the nets but it is a life style along with the journey, the distance where we all meet together, established friendships along the way and an unforgettable adventure…

For this reason, the doors of Alacati International Fishing Tournament are open to all amateur fishing enthusiasts who believe and share this philosophy. You don’t have to have special qualities to join us; being in love with the sea, being a boat lover and getting connected to fishing rod like your life depends on it is more than enough…

 

Web site : www.alacatifishing.com

 

 ALACATI HERB FESTIVAL

 

We are living in an era now where everyone is aware of the importance of environmentalism and natural nutrition. The locals have been practicing natural nutrition for centuries in the region, but the outsiders didn’t know anything about it. Alacati nature provides all numerous unique region-specific herbs that can only be found here. This is why we decided to introduce and share our region’s natural diet culture, experience and richness along with its special herbs to the world. To promote our traditional dishes and to keep our style of cooking alive, we are holding “Alacati Herb Festival” every year in April. The festival began to be held in April of 2010 for the very first time. Each year, the number of our local and foreign guests who visit the festival is growing gradually. There are many important reasons why the festival is being held in April. But the most important one is having the privilege of witnessing the freshness of spring of Alacati. Therefore, our festival is being held on spring period when Mother Nature is waking up, starting to decorate our surroundings with her beauty and sharing her richness with the people.

 

Website:   www.otfestivali.com 

 

ALACATI KITE FESTIVAL

 

 Let’s admit it; in the past, we all tore a page from our notebook and made kites, then watched them flying in the air with full excitement... Together with friends from the neighborhood, we all loved racing our kites on the streets… In this sense, perhaps we all experienced our first big sadness when our kite tangled to electrical wires; or we have learned consoling a friend through the kites as well.

 

Some objects are so valuable that they mean a lot to people; maybe it is not only the feeling they cause but is the things from the past they remind; in this sense, kite is the case for us. Kite is freedom for us; maybe the realization of dreams… It is the child in all of us. It is so magical and fun. Even more, it is the magic itself.

 

Now, take a moment and lift your head and take a look at the sky of Alacati; what you will see is the sky that covered with colorful kites in all sizes. Those who want to witness this magical moment, whether they would live a part of their childhood again, or they would give a hand to keep from one end of the kite. Please do take some photographs of these lollipop-like kites as they paint the sky with different colors and decorate your walls with them.

 

 Web: www.alacati-ucurtma-festivali.web.tr 

 

ALACATI WINDSURFING

 

 While adding socio-cultural contribution to society, surfing is a sport like golf that also has socioeconomic aspects for the country... Having a very convenient geophysical location and suitable climate, attracts all the surf lovers around the world. For this reason, our town has become one of the three most liked and admired surf centers in the world.

 

Alacati has ten professional surf centers offering world-class services in the area. Having deep blue sea that is very suitable for surfing and incessant wind that goes for eleven months makes the town a center of attraction for surf enthusiasts. Alacati successfully hosted World, Europe and Turkey windsurf champions in its resorts for a while and now is the strongest candidate for the next “World Windsurf Championship” organizations.

 

 SHOPPING

 

 EVERYDAY

 Shopping in these narrow but attractive streets of Alaçatı will be an amazing experience for anyone who enjoys local stuffs and pastries. It is almost impossible for anyone not to get impressed by the unique taste and diversity of the products sold in lovely little stores. One can find not only paintings, sculptures made by noted artists, but also jewelry, ceramics, works of art and special designs, home textile collections, original clothes, regional olives & olive oils, soaps and natural products also peculiar to the region as well. Buying a painting or cheesecloth decorated with unique colors of the town, having a tin full of bougainvillea or a bunch of lavender or sage, or even tasting an incredibly delicious mastic pudding would be enough for anyone to have memories that will last forever.

 

WEEKEND

 The local market where is set in the heart of the village every Saturday attracts thousands of people from every corner of the peninsula. The market turns our town into a big food carnival when the people starts to enjoy a big festive with extraordinary tastes. One of the most prominent parts of the market is that its hospitable friendly villagers who sell seasonal fruits, vegetables and regional herbs from their very own gardens. It will take all the fatigue of the day, when you notice that the smell of the market and fragrance of the purchased goods followed you home.

 

    

 

 

 

taken from www.explorealacati.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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