Halic Park Hotel
Lale Adasi No.1, Ayvalik, 10400, Turkey
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The Banquet of the Devil
Stone of Sarimsak
I am coming from Istanbul 9/28. Is there a flight from istanbul to Edremit? or need I fly to Izmir then bus to Ayvalik? thank you
RE: getting there
Hi There is no flight to edremit either you have to flight to Izmir and going back to Ayvalik or you have to take a bus to izmir passing from ayvalik
RE: getting there
the flight from Istanbul to Izmir is about an hour. You would then need to get to the bus station (which would take an hour with immediate connections) and it must be two to three hours to Ayvalik. It really is just as quick to take a direct bus from Istanbul.
from this you can follow the link: Ic hat seferleri, then type in the date you want to travel and choose the route from the drop down menu.
The bus is very comfortable and leaves from various points in
the city around midnight, taking about 7 hours. So you will arrive in time for breakfast!
I think the nearest pick up to the airport is in Atakoy, a few km from Ataturk Airport. If you are flying into Sabiha Gokcen then you could pick it up from the Asian side of the city.
Travel Tips for Ayvalik
Ayvalik is the southernmost district of Balýkesir. Gömeç, Burhaniye and Edremit are other districts of the Balýkesir Province which are situated on the Aegean shores and they are lined up respectively to the north.
Ayvalik includes several small towns and villages. One of them is Sarimsakli. It’s located 7 kilometers to the south. We spent there half a day and a night and I took an opportunity to explore this place by foot.
It’s a quiet town with sandy beaches which spread several kilometers along the Hakkibey Peninsula.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Ayvalik on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 16' 13.10" N 26° 40' 14.93" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sarimsakli.
Sarimsakli Plaji (Beach)
Ayvalik also has two of the longest sandy beaches of Turkey which extend as far as the Dikili district of Izmir nearly 30 km in the south. These are the Sarimsakli and Altinova beaches. Sarimsakli is a white sandy beach resort ideal for beach lovers.
As our hotel was located in Sarimsakli I learnt this area better than central districts of Ayvalik.
Amazingly but the word ‘beach’ sounds the same in Turkish ‘Plaji’ and in Russian ‘Plaji’, haha! What could it mean?
You can watch my 3 min 33 sec HD Video Sarimsakli Walking around out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Emrah – Ayrilda Gel.
Cunda Island - The Old Greek Houses
Cunda is not only about bay and bayside, there are a lot of things and history that you could check out if you walk around the area.
For one thing, the old houses dating back to the time the greeks populates the whole area.
Small houses, interesting architechture and fascinating streets and alleyways.
Saatli Cami ( Mosque with Watchtower)
The mosque of watchtower is situated in the district of Fevzipasa.This mosque is converted from a curch was build in 1870 and was converted to mosque at 1928.Total area is 1250 altough the mosque is based only in 375 square meters.The bell tower height is 24 m and the minaret is 44m.This is the second biggest church in the city .Its 23.50m X 13.30 m ( east) 14.40 m ( west ).
Seytan Sofrasi sunset
What you should not miss is to go up on some hill called Seytan sofrasi which means Devil's table. Turks believe that the sunset you see form there is the most beautful sunset in the world. Now I haven't seen all the sunsets in the world and I can't judge that, but I saw this one and it is truly great and romantic Check all pics to see how it looks like..
People go up (there are busses to take you up) and wait for the sunset, you ll hear silent turkish music and you may have a drink in the restaurant. But dont get drunk and fall down, that might be dangerous!
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