Ayvalik Travel Guide

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    Ayvalik
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    Ayvalik - Sarimsakli
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    Ayvalik - Sarimsakli
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Ayvalik Highlights

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     Cheap, clear Aegean sea, good food and nice people. 

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     Tell me if you find any 

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Ayvalik Things to Do

  • Learn Ottoman Language in Cunda

    If you walk into a street with many cats in Cunda, search for a sign of Harvard University. This is Harvard’s Ottoman Language Summer School’s building. There are always plates full of Whiskas in this street, so cats just lay the sidewalk and enjoy the street party style life. If you love cats, you can watch them playing around.

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  • To Taste Lokma ( sweet ) in Cunda

    Lokma is a kind of fried-dough pastry made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup or honey and cinnamon, and sometimes sprinkled with sesame.The Turkish word lokma means 'mouthful' or 'morsel', luqmat al-qadi (judge's mouthful) was described by al-Baghdadi in the 13th century and is made in Arab countries to this day.

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  • Cunda İsland

    Cunda Island, also called Alibey Island, (Turkish: Cunda Adası, Alibey Adası; Greek: Εκατόνησα Hekatonisa or Μοσχονήσι/Moshonisi) is a small island in the northwestern Aegean Sea off the coast of Ayvalık, part of Balıkesir Province of...

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  • To eat Ayvalik Toast

    Ayvalik has also a different technic of making toast and its well known all around the country .Please try it you will be happy ..

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  • Hayrettin Pasha Mosque

    This mosque also is a converted from church and itd situated in the district of Hayrettin Pasa.Its build in 1850 and its one of he first church of the city.Originally the name of the building is Panaia (Virgin Mary ) and it was used as a chýurch of religion school.Total area is 4000 m2 and the church/ mosque is based on 700 m2 .The height is 18...

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  • Cinarli Mosque

    Cinarlý Mosque is situated in the district of Hamdibey in the street of Alibey .This mosque also is a convered church and it was build in 1790 and converted to mosque in the year of 1923.Total area is consist of 2800 m2 although the mosque is based on 600 m2.The height is 30 m and the height of the minaret is 38 m its based on 32.40 mX 15.90 ( east...

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Ayvalik Restaurants

  • Coffe house

    Tas kahve is one of the best know coffe house in cunda island .Dont forget to enjoy the special tea of Salvia( adacay ) Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with approximately 700-900 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals.It is one of several general commonly referred to as sage. When used without...

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  • Number 4 in Turkiye

    Nesos restaurant was build in 1989 and the owner is Murat Tekinoðlu.The restaurant is number 4 in the list of the best seafood restaurants in Turkiye . of course Sea urchin )))

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  • One of the best

    Bay Nihat restaurant is number 5 in the best restaurants list of Turkiye .I suggest you to make a reservation before visiting . Octopusses...and all kind of fishes

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  • At Cunda

    With a 120 people 's capacity Ada restaurant is one of the best restaurant to eat at Cunda island.You can enjoy sea food with aegean food mainly based on herbs . seafood

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  • Mastic Cookies

    We heard about these cookies after many years we had spent in Ayvalik. Some neighbors said us that there was a pastry shop in Ayvalik which was famous with its mastic cookies. Mastic is very popular both sides of Aegean Sea. Greeks make a kind of jam from it. In Ayvalik, they put into cookies. They are big, fat cookies covered with sesame. I don’t...

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  • Probably the most famous fish restaurant

    I've first visited Cunda and Ayvalik in 1992 or 1993. I'm sure I have been to this restaurant several times. In these early years Ayvalik was so modest. We could spend one or two week here as a family with a budget that we can easily spend in our own house in Istanbul. Unfortunately now Ayvalik, especially Cunda, is one of the most attractive spots...

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Ayvalik Nightlife

  • Evening walk around Sarimsakli

    You can watch my 2 min 59 sec HD Video Ayvalik Sarimsakli evening walk out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Nazan Oncel – Oluyorum Anlasana.You may watch my high resolution photo of Ayvalik on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 16' 1.79" N 26° 40' 30.61" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sunset at Ayvalik.

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  • There are only a few alternatives

    Actually Shaft is a nightclub in Kadikoy. They especially play rock and blues. There are some regular groups taking the stage on certain nights. Also they give opportunities to new bands and young musicians.In July 2006, I think, Shaft opened a new club in Ayvalik. People from Istanbul, especially Kadikoy, stay in Ayvalik during their summer...

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    14 Hotels in Ayvalik

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Ayvalik Transportation

  • Marina of Ayvalik

    For the people who travel with yachts I suggest you strongly the marina of Ayvalik which is one of the best in this area.

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  • How to get to Ayvalik

    Ayvalik is on the Northern Aegean coast of Turkey, with Istanbul to the north and Izmir to the south. Travel agencies suggest three main ways to get here:From Izmir: by bus or taxi taxi about two and a half to three hours’ drive. From Istanbul: journey by coach takes about five hours in summer if you cross over Sea of Marmara, otherwise about nine...

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  • By bus, from Izmir

    Izmir is close to Ayvalik. There are many alternatives to get Ayvalik from there. Sebat is one of the bus companies around. The problem is that there are too many places on the road to stop like Dikili, Foca, Aliaga, Altinova, Bergama (Pergamon) etc. So the bus ride takes more hours than normal. If you drive, it takes only 2,5 hours,. It could take...

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Ayvalik Shopping

  • Olive oil as souvenir

    Recent years, olive oil became popular. Now there are many places you can buy it. But if you want something like gift, you have to visit this place.I bought these little ceramic bottles of oils in my latest visit. They have various bottles, also olive oil for daily use, soap and olives. These mall bottles cost 5 ytl ($3.5 or 2.7 euro)

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  • Pottery in Ayvalik

    Ayvalik Pottery is located in the old town of Ayvalik. The female potter is selling handmade art works made of red and white clay. All of them are handmade. As she works and sells from her studio, it is possible to watch her working on the pottery wheel.

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  • Need vegetables, fruits, cheese?

    Every district in Turkey has a open air market once a week. Merchants bring their goods to a specific location in the morning and pick up and go in the evening. There are three different markets in Ayvalik region: One in Ayvalik in Thursdays, one in Alibey (Cunda) Island in Saturdays, one in Armutcuk in Sundays.The vendors bring and sell fresh...

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Ayvalik Warnings and Dangers

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 7, 2009

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    When strolling from Sarimsakli to Tuz Golu (at the very edge of the Hakkibey Peninsula), I wanted to climb up a hill and watch a panorama from above (I didn’t know about the Table of the Devil existence then).

    But all the area was closed by the barbed wire so it was forbidden to enter into the pine forest and climb up a hill. I saw tables with restrictions but they were in Turkish. From one of them I learnt that it was Ayvalik Adalari Tabiat Parki. I don’t know why it wasn’t allowed to enter the park… It’s a pity. So I watched rocks and forest from aside.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Ayvalik on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 16' 9.63" N 26° 38' 32.11" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Ayvalik Adalari Tabiat Parki.

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Ayvalik Tourist Traps

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    by Yiannis2000 Updated Dec 14, 2002

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    No problem with the super-friendly people of Turkey, but exactly in places often visited by Greek and other tourists, the locals have learnt to be as good- or cunning- merchants as us Greeks!.. Do not believe you can find a bargain in a place like Ayvalik, not in summertime at least...
    Check the change you get back during atransaction, they often try to give you some million less (it's true they value only e few $ and they can make a big diference for a local family...)...

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Ayvalik Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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  • Sarmisakli Beaches

    Sarmisakli is the common name of the 22 beaches in the area.all the beaches are open to the public and the given names have nothing to do with the hotels around.There is 6 official campings 59 hotels 160 restaurants in the area The beach is 5 km long and 50-100 m depth.They say that the radiation is the best in Turkiye ( I m not so sure about this...

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  • Seytan Sofrasi ( Devil 's Banquet )

    The name of this place is Seytan Sofrasi and the meaning is The Banquet of the Devil ..It looks like arolling stones song )))Its situate in the hill of sarmisakli beach and you can watch from the top Ayvalik,Alibey ( cunda) and the beaches of Sarmisakli.There is huge footprint on the top and they believe that this is the foot print of the devil...

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Ayvalik Sports & Outdoors

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    Korfez dive boat in Ayvalik. 4 more images

    by Tdiver Updated Jul 10, 2008

    Unfortunately not in English yet but it is in Turkish and German.
    Ayvalik DIVE SPOTS
    Great bunch of guys who really look after you. Well run with good guiding.
    Ayvalik is especially famous for it's red coral, but you'll need to be at least a 2 star, Advanced or Dive leader to get down to 40m where it's found.
    Lots of sponges around, leopard sea slugs all over. Common Spiny lobsters, morays, congers, rockfish, bream, wrasse, blennies and even some larger forkbeard amongst other things.

    Equipment: Bring your own or rental available.

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Ayvalik Favorites

  • Stone of Sarimsak

    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

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  • Ayvalik Houses

    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.

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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...

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Timarhane Adasi (Island Of Fools )
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Saatli Cami ( Mosque with Watchtower)
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The Church of Profitis Ilias
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The Church of Portaitsa
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The Church of Faneromeni
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The Church of Aghia Triada
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The Church of Taksiyarhis
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Most famous café of Ayvalik
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Sarimsakli Mosque
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IZINDEYIZ ATAM Monument
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Ayvalik Islands and the Lesbos Island
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Table of the Devil (Seytan Sofrasi)
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Sarimsakli Plaji (Beach)
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Greek Orthodox churches
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Sarimsakli
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Silica Gem
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By bus, from Istanbul
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Scuba
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Fresh vegetables
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'Fishing' in Cunda island
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Hitch a ride!
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Cunda Island - Walk from Ayvalik center to Cunda
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Saint Nicholas Church
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Cunda Island - The Old Greek Houses
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Cunda Island - The Bayside
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Seytan Sofrasi (Devil's Foot) mountain
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Stroll along the Ayvalik coastline
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Visit Cunda
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The old church: Taksiyarhis
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Seytan Sofrasi sunset
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Ayvalik pirate experience
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Island Cunda
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