Luxury holidays in Alaçatı

Sitting pretty on Turkey’s sunlit Çeşme Peninsula, Alaçatı is an old-world fishing village with A-list appeal and a bevy of boutique stays. Awash with ice-cream hues, the cobblestoned old town is home to ivory stone houses and cosy cafés – all sporting plucked-from-a-postcard pastel shutters and time-worn wooden doors, of course. World-class windsurfing and a brace of beach clubs have caught the attention of water babies from far and wide, but quieter sands still cater to seclusion-seeking sunbathers. With Poseidon’s pantry and some of Turkey’s top vineyards in splashing distance, Alaçatı also serves up some of Aegean cuisine’s freshest and finest.

When to go

Sun-seekers and late-night revellers may want to aim for high season (from mid-May to September), but we prefer the warm weather (and off-peak prices) of spring and autumn. The windsurfing season runs from May to early November, with the Alaçatı Windsurfing Festival held every July.

Getting there

  • Planes

    İzmir Airport is under an hour’s drive away. Direct seasonal flights are available from European hubs including London Gatwick and London Stansted. Otherwise, hop on an hour-long domestic connection from Istanbul.
  • Automobiles

    It’s around a 50-minute drive from İzmir and five hours from Istanbul. If beach-hopping and vineyard-touring is on your agenda, hiring a car at the airport is wise. Otherwise, Alaçatı’s old town is easy to navigate on foot.