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Alaçatı, Çeşme & Urla
The best way to get around Çeşme and Alaçatı is by car, especially if you’re hoping to visit some of the nearby beaches. However, if you are staying historical town center, everything is within walking distance – there’re shops, restaurants, and cafés galore!
Located in the south of the Çeşme Peninsula, Alaçatı has number of hotels and pensions. Restored from historical stone houses, the boutique hotels offer guests comfort paired with the warmth of home. Choice one of them and start a day with a local Turkish Breakfast and taste fresh local herbs in the breakfast. After the breakfast, Çeşme Castle and Museum are well worth a quick visit. Çeşme Marina is walking distance from the castle, so have a drink and take a rest will be good choice. After resting, take a car or bicycle to Hacımemiş Street and visit this charming neighborhood where designer boutiques, vintage shops, and artisanal product retailers reside side by side. Enjoy a refreshment of traditional Turkish tea or apple tea accompanied by sakızlı (mastic gum) cookies, which are a famous local delicacy, Mastic gum milk pudding and mastic gum ice-cream; based on milk, and made without eggs or whipped cream, they are almost diet desserts, must be tasted also.
Enjoy the beach clubs, on the white sand with drink and music in the afternoon. Thanks to the wind, it is possible to enjoy sunbathing. With its deep-turquoise blue sea, houses covered in bright-colored bougainvillea, and cobblestone pavements, Alaçatı is like a fairy tale place straight out of the 1800s. Towards evening you should catch the sunset at Alaçatı Port and enjoy your drink.
Start your second day with regions famous and rich breakfast table in Urla. The ancient city of Klazomenai and the Bronze Age site of Liman Tepe, where Türkiye's first underwater excavations took place, reveal the region’s ancient history in Urla and must see.
The historical Malgaca Bazaar (Malgaca Pazarı), which have an important place in the commercial life of the district, are also worth visiting. The market’s shops and the bazaar are historical treasures that are full of colorful stories from the past. If you get tired, you can sit at one of the many cafés at the nearby Urla Art Street (Urla Sanat Sokağı).
Visit the ''Köstem Olive Oil Museum'' is the world's largest olive oil museum complex which shows the importance of olive cultivation the Aegean and Urla Peninsula.
In the afternoon, making your way along the Urla Vineyard Route, the soothing sceneries spoil you. Along the Urla Vineyard Route, you can visit several chateau-type local wineries. In addition to wine tasting, the route offers many trekking and bicycling opportunities, you can visit horse farms, enjoy the savoring meals at gourmet restaurants. At the end of the day, you will leave from Urla with unforgettable memories.