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Connected to the district Cesme of Izmir, Alacati is located 79 km and 7 km to Cesme. On the way of Cesme-Izmir, Alacati dates back to Archaic era. At the centre of the region called Ionia, Alacati’s name in ancient times was Agrilia. The region takes its current name with the effect of Alacaat Tribe from the Ottoman Period. Starting to become famous with its wind in 2000s, Alacati is one of the most important addresses for windsurfing in our country. It’s very easy to reach Alacati, a very special holiday destination, one of a kind. You can easily access Alacati, 85 km to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, by renting a car or taking a bus.
Even the centre doesn’t have a coast, there are lots of beautiful beaches to swim near Alacati. Hosting places that serve as beach during the day and night club at nights, Aya Yorgi is known as the most famous beach of Alacati. With its bright sands, Piyade Cove and Beach is again one of the places you can prefer to enjoy sea in the daytime and for concerts at nights. One of the unexplored places in real terms, Pasa Limani Beach and with its shallow sea, Cark Beach are among the alternatives. If you have enough time, you can also explore Ilica Beach, Sakizlikoy, Boyalik Bay, Altinkum Beach within the vicinity.
There is no doubt that windsurfing is one of the best things to do in Alacati to enjoy the sea and sun. Alacati’s wind that blows every season makes the region one of the best surf centres in the world. One leg of the PWA Windsurf World Championship that brings the surfers from various places of the world together takes place in Alacati every year in August. Also ideal for the beginners with its still, shallow sea and regularly blowing wind, Alacati has international surfing schools where you can be trained. Especially Cark Beach is an ideal address for the ones who want to learn surfing. Besides windsurfing, kite surfing is among the water sports you can experience in Alacati after a 3-4 day training.
With its bay window mansions, stone houses bearing the traces of Russian architecture, colourful shops and antique stores on its narrow streets, Alacati is a place you cannot get enough of touring. If you want to do some shopping, you can visit souvenir shops, ceramics and glass workshops and Ancient Bazaar which is set up on every Saturday. Don’t forget to stop by the Alacati Bazaar and taste the local herbs and buy natural products. If you visit the region at the time of Herbs Festival which is organized in spring every year, you should definitely try healing herbs and the foods made of these herbs. Make sure to include delicious Aegean appetizers and kumru (a regional sandwich) into your ‘what to eat’ list in Alacati.
Alacati appeals both to tranquillity seekers and to the ones who want to have fun to the full with its night life ongoing until the wee small hours of the morning. We recommend you see the windmills that have become the symbol of Alacati located on the hills at the centre. You can take a break in the cute coffee shops and restaurants on the Alacati streets if you want to have a rest after your visit to the stone windmills which are among the oldest structures of Alacati. The ones who want to end a peaceful day with entertainment and dancing can set their course to Aya Yorgi Bay. Night clubs at the bay are pretty famous with its everlasting fun till the morning.
Organized in spring every year, the festive is one of the events that is identified with the name of Alacati. During Alacati Herb Festival, organized for 8 years and increasing its popularity each year, visitors coming both from big cities and cities within the surrounding create a lively enthusiasm on the streets of Alacati… Giving its name to the festival, of course Aegean herbs play the leading role… Taraxacum officinale, gai lan, beetroot grass, date palm, mallow, nettle, blessed thistle and many more herbs await you to taste from counters to the restaurants. With the market-place colourfully surrounded by natural vegetables and fruits, counters full of region-specific products, handmade souvenirs and designs, various workshops, conferences, artistic activities, Herb Festival turns Alacati into a carnival every year.
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