With its white stone houses, its narrow cobblestone streets, its boutique hotels, its gourmet restaurants and its award-winning beaches for windsurfing, Alaçatı is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Turkey! This adorable town is located in İzmir, and specifically on the Western coast of Turkey. It is particularly famous for its wide variety of edible greens and nutritious herbs, which are specifically celebrated annually, during the Alaçatı Herb Festival -aka Alaçatı Ot Festivali! The Alaçatı Herb Festival has become extremely popular and every year this 4-day festival - taking place from the 5th to the 8th of April- hosts more than a million visitors from all over the world!
This wonderful festival is a great opportunity to visit Alaçatı and to experience all these natural flavours, through both dried and freshly picked herbs. The festival was first established in 2010 with the aim of reviving cultural values and preserving them for future generations. In Alaçatı Herb Festival, you can explore numerous street stands and taste delicious herb-based dishes. You can also attend the seminars and video screenings on the herbs’ beneficial properties, and check out workshops on how to collect them. Of course, you shouldn't miss out on attending a cooking class, where you'll learn how to prepare delicious and healthy dishes! Last but not least, you can join the mid-day parade, the herb gatherings, as well as the cooking competitions.
If you are not into herbs, you can still have fun at this festival by simply tasting delicious meals, listening to Aegean music, and enjoying the amazing smell of the herbs, spread all over the streets. The festival will make you realise that Alaçatı has lots to offer, and it's not all about its gorgeous sea, sand, and sun. This festival is definitely a great present for your body and soul. So, book your picturesque boutique hotel in Alaçatı and join this festival in April!
Cover Picture © Credits to iStock/nejdetduzen
Like this story?
Get more! Subscribe to our monthly inspiration newsletter.