Sorry for the radio silence lately… For those of you who follow along on Instagram you know I have been down with the flu ever since I came back from Stockholm! Think the Lack of sleep just hit me right on my immune system. Anywho, I have been spending my time in bed partly cathcing up on House of Cards and partly Editing some of the hundreds of photos Mark and I took in Turkey. We really didn’t do nearly as much exploring as we usually do. Time with family was more important but we did manage to get a really good vibe from the village, Alaçatı, and the surrounding area. So, withouth writing too much I will let the photo’s do the talking…
Approximately an hour from Alaçatı and a bit outside of Izmir is a very nice wine district. The wine is divine and the prices are ridiculously cheap. We went to the winery called Urla which according to locals should be one of the best ones.
In the village of Alaçatı you’ll find some incredible little antique shops! If it wasn’t for the fact that my suitcase was packed with clothes I would have brought back both glasses and cutting boards. The prices are very reasonable…
Calling all Artichoke fand: Artichokes are such a popular eat in the area so it has it’s own festival! Don’t worry if you don’t come to the festival as there are plenty of places where you can eat this very tasty flower. If you come by a place that serves artichoke dolmas you HAVE TO try it! Yum.
30 minutes from Alaçatı is the village called Ildir which also is worth a visit. There’s a small hill that overlooks the old and the new area of Ildir – i don’t know the name of the hill but ask the locals as it seems to be a popular destination for hiking and romantic strolls. Ildir has some amazing little fish restaurants and local specialities so go there for a good lunch.
Alaçatı is right by the ocean an due the good wind conditions you’ll find a lot of surfers in the summer time! Fish is also a core part of the food you’ll find in the restaurants – go to the harbour for the best selection!
Alaçatı is a summertown meaning that if you come outside of the season it can seem a bit… quiet. But don’t be fooled, this place a kinda like the Nice of Turkey and a favourite holiday destination for the rich and famous Turks. High season is between 19th. of May to around September.
There are many hot restaurants and bars in Alaçatı, however, the one that stole my heart was Asma Yapragi. It is run by a local woman that every day cooks the most amazing veggie dishes along with 1-2 selections of meat. You go to the kitchen and choose for yourself which dishes you want to have served to your table. I are for 4 that night we went there – the food was that good! However, if you want to be guaranteed a table book a table far in advance. Especially if you come during high season.
There’s no shortage of bars either but Kapari bahce is where all the cool people hang out (I took this photo an early morning so all the cool people was asleep;)). You can eat there as well so go there for an early dinner and move on to the bar for a cocktail or two later on.
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