Alacati is one of the most authentic towns in Turkey with narrow streets, stone houses and boutique hotels for sale. This stunning seaside town is located on the western coast of the Izmir Province, and has been known for over 150 years for its architecture, windmills and vineyards before making its name as the windsurfing and water sports paradise of today. Alacati topped the must visit list of 2014 and is proving a fierce rival to Bodrum, Antalya and Marmaris for the title of the most stylish Aegean resort in Turkey, making Alacati real estate a hot market.
Where is Alacati in Cesme?
Hailed as Turkey’s best-kept secret, a mile or so from the crystal blue waters of the Aegean on the Cesme peninsula, Alacati is an old village filled with tiny streets and stone houses that are adorned with colourful bougainvillea. With a relaxed charm the area is also home to the Alacati yacht marina and the famous Port Alacati development. The compact Cesme peninsula is easy to navigate and holds an abundance of attractions. The village is only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Cesme and half an hour from Izmir which is the third largest city in Turkey and welcomes flights from all over the world, making it easy to access your holiday home in Alacati.
Alacati is home to a stunning sandy shallow bay that is located a little way from the village. It is these shores that were first discovered by water sport fanatics and it now boasts the title of third best place in the world for kite and windsurfing. It is the superb water sports facilities that have helped this village to become a Turkish tourism mainstay and picturesque spot for property buyers in Alacati.
How much does property cost in Alacati?
Famous only for the windmills and architecture the sale of property in Alacati is now earning a reputation of its own. The famous sea breeze ensures that the climate never gets too hot. The village is admired for authentic stone houses for sale that have been constructed from local stone and brightly coloured wood, and these properties are perfectly preserved and prove to be a big draw for tourists and second home buyers.
Property offered for sale in Alacati could be summed up as up market and chic like those that inhabit this stunning village. However this truly unique area still offers great value for money for those wanting to buy a villa. On average a large 3 – 4 bedroom villa in Alacati will command a price of £200,000 - £350,000 leaving great scope for those wishing to purchase as an investment to maximise on their investment in the future. The houses of Alacati have a unique architecture and were built with thick stone walls to keep them cool during the summer and warm in winter. Several of these old houses have been thoughtfully restored to their original state and new houses built here in the last 10 years have been constructed in the same style to keep the unity of the architecture. Apartments are not common in this area possibly due to the restraints and style of the buildings found in Alacati.
With the town of Cesme easy to access, those choosing to live in this stunning village have no shortage of amenities on hand including supermarkets, medical centres, affordable produce markets and so much more. The location and warm climate makes the village of Alacati an ideal place for families or retirees to live as the inhabitants both old and new have preserved the rural appeal, which is an aspect that other tourist spots have struggled with. With the house prices in this area still affordable and unique this is an area that is only going to grow in appeal as more people look to buy a stone house in Alacati. The area already boasts a healthy rental market allowing the locals to earn additional income renting out their properties in the summer.
What is there to do in Alacati, Cesme?
Tourists generally spend their days on one of the white sandy beaches as these are perfect if you are looking to fully relax amidst peaceful surroundings. Alacati’s centre tends to get busy in the evening as there are a host of venues offering food and drink.
For those wanting to explore and are able to tear themselves away from the allure of the beaches, there is the must see historical site of Ephesus. On the way, it is worth stopping at the Virgin Mary’s House, a modest Byzantine church.
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city that was built in 10BC and passed to Roman control then Byzantine. The site is well preserved and stunning providing a true feel for what life was like 2,000 years ago.
Surfing and sailing in Alacati
Alacati is renowned for windsurfing and kite-surfing and offers 330 windy days a year and calm waters providing the optimum conditions for these sports. The demand for these activities is high and growing year on year. Apart from the professionals that frequent the area, there are over 10,000 foreign tourists who flock to this area more likely than not as it is a perfect place for beginners due to the shallow waters that extend for 500 metres from the shore. With numerous surf schools the high demand is well catered for even in the busiest times between May and October when average water temperatures are 22 degrees which makes it ideal for sea and water sport lovers.
There are four yacht marinas that are in the region of Cesme, with one being located in Alacati itself providing mooring for 80 boats - leaving you lots of options to moor your boat for a day trip on the seas, before coming home to your Alacati villa in time for dinner. The marina has been completely rebuilt a few years ago and offers some fabulous restaurants and mooring facilities to those sailing through and wanting a fabulous place to stop.
Alacati is a resort that certainly lives up to the title of a hidden gem however one thing is most clear and this is that this stylish resort will not be able to remain as Turkey’s secret for long – grab yourself a property for sale in Alacati today and reap the rewards for future years to come.