Up until relatively recently Alaçatı, and its beautiful bay with its long, shallow, flat entry, attracted windsurfers and those interested in Alaçatı's history - it was part of Greece until the 1920s, so there are some interesting stories in this town. But since the 90s it's been attracting an arty crowd and the smart set has followed - this is a good place to stop overnight if you're driving between Istanbul and the Turkish Mediterranean. Many of the best places to stay in Alacati are pitched at those clients, though it is still possible to find some more reasonable rooms in town.
As well as being beside a gorgeous stretch of the Aegean - one of the world's best windsurfing destinations, and having a town so perfectly cobbled, whitewashed and bougainvillea laden it looks like a film set, Alaçatı is also cool. It's not the 'butik otel's on every corner, or the newly opened luxury resort, or even the art galleries and high end clothing stores opening up that prove this statement - it's that beautiful, sunny, old Alaçatı has a shop selling vintage vinyl!
There's a reason Alaçatı is so loved by the windsurfing community - the conditions are both perfect for beginners, and perfect for practising manoeuvres and getting up some real speed. So if you've ever fancied having a go, do it here! There are so many boards out on the water no one will notice you if you fall in...
It took a couple of years before Turkey's smarter, more stylish, set began to discover Alaçatı's charms, but then the boutique hotels started popping up, restoring some of the town's most beautiful buildings, and making the town look even more appealing. But despite the hip crowds, Alaçatı still has a friendly village feel.
Alaçatı is a couple of kilometres from the nearest beach - the windsurfing cove is about 2kms south of town - but there are a number of perfect sandy stretches within 20 minutes drive, so there's plenty of sand for all. And the dirt tracks you have to traverse to reach some of the most beautiful, dodging the odd goat, mean that you've got a reasonable chance of having plenty of sand to yourself. And you can't say that about Bodrum.
Alaçatı is also a great spot for a gulet trip. These traditional Turkish wooden yachts run day trips to Black Island and Donkey Island, which are just off the coast, and Wind Bay, a great local snorkelling spot.
Being popular with the smart set shouldn't mean it's not worth travelling to Alaçatı if you're on a budget. Far from crowded, this town is full of all sorts of travellers, and there are plenty of good value ways to enjoy yourself. Shop at the Saturday market, eat Turkish pizza - called pide, and if you want to pay less for your slap up seafood meal, travel to one of the smaller local villages.
If you're looking for the best places to stay in Alaçatı which offer boutique comforts, charm and style, these are our favourites:
Many of the artists, potters, restauranteurs, bakers and hotel owners are the people who came here as children - this is the kind of place that people leave but return to, and there's a lot of romance to that. In the1920s when the entire Greek population was moved to the islands, the Greek buildings were left, so there's a certain unique look to the town's architecture.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Alaçatı, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check out all our picks on the Turkish Aegean coast.
Alacati (Çeşme İzmir)
A charming boutique hotel. Traditional elements combined with contemporary chic. Lovely white washed rooms with four poster beds and parquet floors. A quaint inner courtyard garden and breakfast room. Easy access to beaches, and good value.
Alacati (Yeni Mecidiye Mah. 3009 Sk)
A gorgeous country style house come rustic chic guesthouse. Romantic bedrooms with creamy furnishings and white washed walls. Lovely pool, garden and breakfast terrace. Close to the beach and lots to do in the area. A romantic spot.
A charming stone house with romantic bedrooms. Four poster beds, killim rugs, stand alone bath tubs and antique furniture. Gorgeous breakfast courtyard and walking distance to all attractions. A characterful choice close to the beach.
A three minute walk from Alaçatı centre, this hotel is proudly run and offers colourful ensuite rooms set around a courtyard and pool. Extra touches include fresh flowers in rooms and free breakfast. Fishing, windsurfing and market shopping available nearby.
Alacati (Sok. No:18)
A traditional Turkish hotel just a few miles from a number of exquisite beaches. Rooms are very tastefully designed with lovely linen, all within a simple yet elegant house. The hotel has a garden with pool, cafe with al fresco dining and private beach space. Perfect for exploring the local area.
A delightful boutique hotel with gorgeous rooms and stunning grounds. Romantic rooms and suites with opulent furnishings, hot tubs, balconies, and large living areas. Beautiful gardens, pool, terraces, and a yacht to charter. A dreamy spot.
Alacati (Kemalpaşa Caddesi)
A beautiful white house in a lovely town close to the coast. Traditional chic interiors have white washed walls and boutique decorations. Excellent pool, restaurant, and original artworks. A very romantic spot near the beach and historical sights.
An utterly romantic and luxurious boutique hotel. Chic rooms and suites spread across six houses. All have sumptuous furnishings, large bath tubs, and lots of natural light. Fantastic restaurant, lively bar, pretty orchards and swimming pool. A delightful spot.
A stunning boutique hotel that combines traditional romance with modern comforts. Beautiful bedrooms and suites have huge bathrooms, private balconies, and charming decoration. Excellent organic breakfasts, small pool, and immediate beach access. Very romantic.