Hidden Gems

Extend Turkey sailing holidays with a stay in the country’s newest hotspot

By Jenny Wilson
on  June 19, 2015

A stay in Alacati is the perfect extension for Turkey sailing holidays, not least because its Turkish charm is only just being discovered by British holiday makers.
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For more than 150 years, this little Aegean town on Izmir Province’s western coast has been known within Turkey for its windmills, vineyards and architecture. Today, however, it is fast becoming a haven for people from across the world who want to experience ‘real’ Turkey and for those looking to take advantage of the excellent watersports on offer.

Steady and consistent wind, combined with the clearest of waters, has made Alacati increasingly well-known among the kitesurfing and windsurfing fraternity, but the town has more to offer than just its sea-based activities.

Alacati is one of Turkey’s most authentic towns boasting narrow streets, stones houses and restaurants spilling out onto the streets. Boutique hotels have popped up around the town and the nightlife is varied and lively enough to allow the young and the young at heart to party until dawn.

The cobbled streets of Alacati with their whitewashed green and blue shuttered houses were once home to mainly Greek vineyard workers. Today, it is a popular second home destination for Turkish people from Izmir and Istanbul, along with an increasing number of Europeans who are choosing the town as the location for a holiday home.

Turkey sailing holidays provide many opportunities to see new places and experience a different way of life but if you are still yearning for more, Alacati is a great location to set up base during an extended stay in the country.

Nearby Cesme Town is well worth a visit or you could spend an hour or two admiring the sparkling boats at the area’s brand new marina. Take a trip to the famous Genoese castle, head to Dalyan for a meal at renowned fish restaurant Cevat’in Yeri, or drive for around 90 minutes to the stunning ruins of Ephesus.

If all that seems like just a little too much effort, simply sit at one of Alacati’s restaurant tables, indulge in a plate of succulent mussels, and watch the world – and the windsurfers – pass you by.

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