Jet-setting in picture-perfect Alacati

Anyone with an Instagram account and an interest in Turkey will have seen pictures of Alacati or Alaçatı in Turkish. It is without a doubt what you could call an Instagrammable village. It is charming, featuring restored stone houses with colorful window shutters and bright bougainvillea; a bit like Eski Datça, but with more white, blue and pink. Some call it sleepy, but that label only applies before 11 am and out of season. Outside of that timeframe, the narrow cobbled streets of Alacati are buzzing, especially in the evening.

Early Morning Cuteness

Early Morning Cuteness

Typical Alacati vibe

Is there such a thing as a typical Alacati vibe? That’s hard to tell. This is a village with many faces, depending on when you visit it. Do you want to admire the old houses dating back to the 14th century? Are you souvenir hunting and looking for some unusual antiques, design gadgets or designer sunglasses? Or are you after a dining experience in a lively yet cozy setting? One thing you can be sure of, Alacati has a distinct boho feel to it at any time of the day or the season. And while up until a few years ago, it was also low-key, it is now the home of a mainly Turkish jet-setting crowd ready to party the night away.

Alacati Blue!

Alacati Blue!

Stylish Alacati

Stylish Alacati

What to do in Alaçati?

Alacati is the perfect place to get lost in the picturesque streets while doing some shopping, watch the world go by from the terrace of one of the many cafes before having a romantic dinner and heading to your boutique hotel. Head up to the restored windmills or pimp your Instagram feed with a post from the hip Magnum popup shop. Anything goes. For more action, head to nearby Çeşme or even Izmir or explore the local wineries and organize a wine-tasting.

Cozy Bar In Alaçatı

Cozy Bar In Alaçatı

Still Closed In The Morning, But Photogenic

Still Closed In The Morning, But Photogenic

How to get to Alaçatı?

Reading up on Alacati, you will find information about the port of Alacati and even Alacati beaches. Situated inland on the Çeşme Peninsula, water is never far away, but technically speaking this is not a seaside village. The port of Alacati is the result of project development. Port Alacati is created alongside a natural inlet. It is a man-made site that has allowed to restore the natural balance that had been destroyed after the building of a dam. The port is located on the southern side of the main road, with the village towards the north. The nearest beaches are at about 15 km of the village center. We were particularly fond of Delikli Köy beach, also featured in our best beaches in Turkey post.

You reach Alaçatı after a 45-minute drive from Izmir. Using public transport, take the Havas bus coming from Izmir airport or the local bus leaving from Izmir. There are regular buses to Izmir from all major cities in Turkey and direct flights both domestic and international to Izmir Airport. If you plan on staying the night in Alaçatı and you’re looking for a quiet boutique hotel, you may like Maison d’Azur, tucked away in a side street. Bear in mind if you’re planning on sleeping that the central streets of the village are noisy until late at night.

The Start To A Perfect Day In Alaçati

The Start To A Perfect Day In Alaçati

If you like quaint villages also check out Kaş and Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast. Do you want to fit Alacati into an itinerary? Head over to our interactive Turkey travel map. Still preparing your trip and looking to buy your tourist visa for Turkey online? There’s only one official link! You’ll find it along with all the other information you need on our Turkey travel resources page.

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