With its magnificent architectural texture, authentic venues and dozens of activities waiting to be discovered in Alacati, one of the few surfing centers in the world, each corner contains different tastes. Let's get to know better the bay window stone houses and Alacati, where blue color dominates.
When you think of Alacati, the first thing that comes to mind is stone houses, many of which have been standing for more than 100 years. There are 1300 well-preserved stone houses in the region. It is made with indigenous stones brought from the quarries on Balanbaka Mountain, where light colored, soft stones reflect the characteristics, and it preserves the coolness of summer and the warmth of winter due to its construction with a special mortar. Alacati Houses consist of two-storey buildings and most of them have gardens.
Ancient windmills, one of the oldest structures in the region and the symbol of our Alacati, date back to the present from the 1850s. Alacati Windmills, which were once used to grind flour, attract a lot of attention by visitors today.
Alacati Marina, the face of the Çeşme peninsula opening to the south of the Aegean, is a place where the sailboats and boats it hosts can take great photos at sunset, especially for photographers. Alacati Marina offers a colorful view where you can have a great time with its hotels, restaurants and cafes.
The Alacati Herb Festival, which has been ongoing since 2010 and held in April, offers a great dining experience for tourists in terms of displaying the diversity of hundreds of herbs grown in the region and recognizing the richness of local dishes. The Alacati Herb Festival, which lasts 3-4 days, is a festival that should not be missed with the exhibition of different activities and workshops.
It is a great opportunity for vegan and vegetarian nutritionists in the festival where natural and organic products are used. You can learn and taste these wonderful flavors by applying the cooking techniques of olive oil dishes, dolmas, salads and desserts made by the locals.
The Hıdırellez Festival, the herald of spring, is celebrated in Çeşme every May and has an important place for the public. In order for the wishes to be accepted and the abundance and abundance to increase, it is jumped over the fire and then the wishes written on the paper are hung on the rose tree.
Alacati, one of the popular places of Çeşme, whose name was "Agrilia" in ancient times, was called "Ionia" in Western Anatolia in the past. One of the first places to come across the name of Alacati in the early periods of the Ottoman Empire began to be found in Evliya Çelebi's well-known travel book. Hacı Memiş Ağa, one of the notables living in the region at the time, invited the Greek population, who lived in Chios Island and suffered economic difficulties due to the conditions of the period, to the region to work in various jobs and enabled the Greek youth to help the people of the region. Meanwhile, as a precaution against the malaria epidemic that occurred in the village of Aalacaat, the south of which is a swamp, it was decided to open a canal in the region in order to dry the swamp. The wealthy people of the region gave them to the Greek workers on the condition that they develop and cultivate the fields. Thus, the need to establish a new village a few kilometers from the sea has arisen.
Immigrants who escaped from the Balkan War of 1912 started to come to Alacati and therefore the Greeks left the village. Within the scope of the "Exchange Agreement" signed between Turkey and Greece in 1923, people who started to live in Greek regions during the Balkan War settled in the houses abandoned by the Greeks. In the 1990s, it has become one of the world's leading destinations for windsurfing enthusiasts.