Alacatı is a town on the western coast of İzmir province in Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills for over 150 years. It has now made its name in the world of windsurfing and kitesurfing, with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady wind and well acclaimed hospitality. 330! That’s the annual average of windy days in Alacati. That plus shallow waters, and plenty of sunshine makes Alacati a popular destination among windsurfers.

But this charming Aegean town is more than a windsurfers’ paradise. Alacati is one of the most authentic towns in Turkey with stone houses, narrow streets, boutique hotels and restaurants with tables on the streets. At the end of the day, all will want to partake in bounty of the region’s lush and fertile farmlands, sip wine made by locals up in the hills, enjoy the abundant local seafood and reflect upon the pivotal persons of yore that paved the way to the modern world.