Living in Alacati

A smart new crowd is heading for a tiny Turkish village of Alacati, where the galleries,beach clubs and slow-food scene make it summertime’s coolest spot.


Visitors come for the charming old stone houses on narrow streets lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Over 80 small inns and boutique hotels provide hospitality.


Among the most eager visitors are windsurfers, who come for the predictable brisk winds over a safe, wave-less, sand-bottom bay. A wind farm (ranks of wind-propelled electricity generators) on a neighboring hilltop testifies to the strength and reliability of the winds.


Alacati (AH-lah-chah-tuh) was founded around 1850, when Ottoman Greek workers from the Aegean islands were brought to the mainland to drain malaria-breeding marshes.


The Greek workers and their families liked what they found (when the malaria was gone), and stayed. They named their village Agrilia. Soon their vineyards were producing wine for export.