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Feel the Buzz in Turkey's Holiday Haven, Alacati

Explore Alacati offers small, alluring boutique hotels with pretty gardens in a town set on cobbled streets with a long holiday season, spanning April to November. Everybody's talking about Alacati these days. This characterful historical town on Turkey's Aegean coast has been long-loved by style-conscious Turks and its lively, long holidaying season is slowly being discovered by the rest of the world. Alacati has a lengthy holiday season which runs from April to November and is a magnet for those who appreciate its 'home away from home' ambience. The old town is perfect for travellers who are sure to fall in love with its renovated old architecture and its abundance of offerings, from local gourmet food to unique wineries drawing on old traditions – all enjoyed al fresco. Earning a reputation as Turkey’s newest gourmet destination, Alacati boasts chic and romantic restaurants with unique, local delicacies in a variety of relaxing and lively settings.

New restaurant openings to look out for include Mancar –with a menu created by Michelin starred chef Daniel Lopez Inza; Duble Meze – Alacati branch of the trendy Istanbul restaurant, Unter – the Alacati branch of the stylish Istanbul restaurant; Kapari Bahce – hip café designed by Banu Maga, owner of the design shop Bazen @ Alacati serving a mix of Greek and Turkish food prepared by their Greek chef; and Asfalya – serving tasty traditional Aegean dishes. After feasting on the local hearty foods on offer, visitors can sample the sweeter delights to be had. Veli Usta, Melengec, and Rumeli Pastanesi all use freshly sourced local milk and fruits in their cooling and delicious homemade ice-creams.

Adventure and enjoyment is part and parcel of the town’s peak season, where an intimate and relaxing holiday is on offer alongside the option to indulge in such exhilarating pastimes as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Pegasus Airlines PWA windsurfing cup is to take place later this month (26-31 August), making it an ideal opportunity to enjoy this thrilling sport while discovering Alacati and the surrounding Cesme Peninsula.

Equal to the vibrancy of its daytime, Alacati's nightlife offers a multitude of beach clubs and bars, new openings this season include Propaganda – offering yoga lessons on the beach in the day and electronic music at night; and Fly Inn – due to open later this year with a concert area with a 40,000 capacity to host international dj’s. Babylon Beach Club, known to be one of the most sought after beach clubs in the area, will also be hosting a series of concerts throughout the summer, with its highlight being the Babylon Soundgarden Festival on 30 August.

Alacati is the perfect choice for a holiday in high summer with a buzz, where pleasure-seekers can both relax and be active in turn in the distinctive ancient landscapes of the Aegean – at just over three hours flying time from the UK to the nearby city of Izmir.

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