Ayvalik General background
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
Where is it?
Favorite thing: Ayvalik is on Turkish west coast, on Aegean sea. It is situated between Canakale (Dardanely straits) and Izmir. Some 150 km north of Izmir. The Greek island Lezbos is 15 km across the sea.
Fondest memory: It has hot climate arround 30 to 33C degrees in July. And it is concidered as air spa. Ayvalik is surrounded by olive trees and there is an archipelag od 23 little islands, some of those islands are inhabited.
It is relatively close to 3 archeological sites. Troy, Pergamon and Efes. You can visit all those sites by bus.
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- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Ayvalik house has a different caracteristics..Its 2.5 0r 3 floor.The basement has a different technic of building and its based on stones .The building date of the house is situated on the triangle façade.
Normally the first floor is used as a shop.
Stone of Sarimsak
Favorite thing: Due to this stone’s structural characteristics,it has been used to build many mosque, churchs, etc. Within from Middle East to Balkanies by the Ottoman Empire architects
The two colors sea
Favorite thing: Beautiful green mountains touching the two colors sea.
Fondest memory: Friendliness of people mixed with historical places makes the place memorable.
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