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Canakkale -> Ayvalik -> Bergama, change bus at the same location?
I'll be traveling from Canakkale to Bergama via Ayvalik in early/mid June.
Is the bus arriving Ayvalik from Canakkale and the bus going from Ayvalik
to Bergama at the same location?
Are there frequent services? Do I have to book in advance? Can I just go from Canakkale to Ayvalik and be able to find a bus to Bergama easily?
Re: Canakkale -> Ayvalik -> Bergama, change bus at the same location?
Yes, the bus terminal is the same. However, this old terminal was to demolish and new one to be constructed. I do not the current status. But in any case this would not be a problem for you as they will all arrive / depart from the same location. Ayvalik - Bergama is quite close and bus traffic is frequent.
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Ayvalik General background
Ayvalik is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast. It’s . It’s well-known as a week-end resort for inhabitants of Istanbul and Izmir. It was alternatively called Kidonies by the town's formerly important Greek population. It is situated on a narrow coastal plain surrounded by low hills to the east which are covered with pine and olive trees.
Ayvalik is also surrounded by the archipelago of the Ayvalik Islands on the sea and by a narrow peninsula in the south.
According to a legend Athlantida disappeared somewhere close to this area.
The town`s busiest area is the harbor where fishing boats and sightseeing ships are anchored. Along the harbor there are many sea facing cafes and terrace restaurants, which are thronged by Greek shoppers and locals.
The official website Ayvalik is unfortunately in Turkish.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Ayvalik on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 18' 43.82" N 26° 40' 47.53" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Ayvalik.
Gelin Kaya (Bride Rock)
Once upon a time, a boy loves a girl. Their families try to thwart their happiness, so they run away.In feodal societies, rules works this way. Both are ordered to be killed. No chance, but to run away. They hide under a huge rock. As the armed searchers approach, according to one rumour, they become invisible.According to another, the rock suddenly starts moving and closes on the lovers. Some believe they happily sleep under the rock.
That’s why it is called the Bride Rock. According to the belief, the ones who miss their lovers touch their hands onto the rock and come together again soon.
Table of the Devil (Seytan Sofrasi)
The most significant scenic views in Ayvalik you can see when you climb up the Table of the Devil (in Turkish Seytan Sofrasi). It’s a very spectacular place with a nice view of Ayvalik and most of the islands around Badavut plajý (Beach).
Unfortunately I didn’t know it when I was there; otherwise I would go there for sure! I also don’t know why this hill has such a strange name… Nevertheless I saw it from my balcony and I’m sorry till now that I didn’t reach its top and didn’t see the view of the sunset over the archipelago of the Ayvalik Islands.
Cunda Island - The Fascinating Streets & Alleyways
The greek old houses that lined up the streets and alleyways of Cunda Island looks so very historical.
This place used to be inhabited by Greeks until the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, when the Turks from Crete returned to Cunda and the Greeks of Cunda returned to Greece.
So the streets of Cunda including the houses are very much influenced by greeks.
Sarimsakli at night
This little town sleeps till late afternoon. Then all little stands and shops get open and the sleepy little town doesnt look so sleepy anymore. Local live Turkish music everywhere... People selling everything form cheap clothes, jewlery, shoes... to all kinds of food and drinks.
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