Alacati is food central. Fresh produce and simple, tasty food that reflects its Greek and Turkish heritage – that’s enough reason to spend a lazy day scooping up fresh seafood and delicious breads and salads. Mastic, a natural resin with a sticky texture, is popular here and is served in the form of mastic puddings and ice cream.
And if you want an adventure-packed holiday, Alacati is the best place to go windsurfing in Turkey, thanks to its steady winds and beautiful sea. Head to the lovely Kum beach for a fun outing.
Alacati has several boutique hotels in its quiet alleys, but they don’t come cheap. You could opt to stay at Cesme, that offers great hotels for relatively lower prices, or stay at Izmir and make day trips to the beaches.
In Izmir, the metro is efficient and connects you to the city’s main areas. Taxis are available too. There are shuttle services between Cesme, Ilica and Alacati, and once you’re there, the best way to explore the place is to walk.
Best time to visit
Summer is ideal, as that’s when the beaches are at their inviting best.