Adatepe is a small village with beautiful stone houses. For many years Turks and Greeks had been living together since "mubadele", the Greek-Turkish migrations. Because of the architecture it is now under protection.
You have to go a mountain road to reach Adatepe. Before the village, you'll see an entrance to the Altar of Zeus. After the Altar, the road passes near a cemetery and you'll reach the village.
The village is nearly empty in winters, because many houses are bought by people who actually live in Istanbul or abroad. Although some villagers continuing their daily life. So it isn’t weird to encounter lambs on the streets or gooses and chickens around.
Generally, Turkey has many different kinds of plants. But especially in this region, there are 63 endemic plants like flowers or trees. I am very fond of any kind of plants and I recognize many wild flowers but here, it is not possible for me to understand which one is endemic, which is not. Because there are too many types. It is a nice place to take photographs of flowers.
I had an opportunity to see 3 of the endemic plants in May 2009. I also remember a pine tree belongs here. Now I'm planning to participate a tour to see rest of them. There are guided tours to Ida Mountain, to see the flora or for trekking.
Hasan is a male name and the name of the place is a sentence which means "Hasan is drowned". And the story: Hasan was a young man from lowland and fell in love with a girl who was living in mountains. People living in mountain despised him, because they think men of lowland are not strong. The girl wanted him to prove his strength by carrying a sack of salt from lowland to the mountain. He had carried it until he reached the waterfalls. He realized that he could not carry the sack anymore and he threw himself to the waterfalls because of the shame. His drowned body had been found and the name had been given to these waterfalls.
This place is on Kaz Mountains. It is peaceful but not quite. The sound of water is very high. People come here to have picnic. There is a small entrance fee for vehicles. Trees are too big so it is not hot even in August. So being there is refreshing after the burning beaches of Edremit Bay.
I recommend you to drink the water of the place. It is cold and tasty.
This is the reason of our trip to Adatepe. Because there is only a sign showing the way to Altar on the road, not to Adatepe. After reaching the spot, we saw the village.
It is said that the altar was used for sacrifices to Zeus in polytheist era. After driving all the way up, you have to walk under pine trees for 900 meters to reach the altar. If you don't want to walk, there is an option to have a ride with horse carriage. It costs 5 ytl, 2.7 euro.
It is a huge rock on the edge of a cliff. There is a small stair carved to the rock. After this final climb, you'll reach a plane rectangular surface between higher rocks. The landscape from here is amazing. The picture I took here is on my intro page.
Gure is a small town with thermal spas and beaches. While you are heading Canakkale, it is after Akcay. Sea heat is around 14 degrees celcius in April, so I did not try to swim. Also I did not like the beaches in town center. But you can sit and enjoy the sun in many tea gardens and cafés. Also there are some fish restaurants here. Fishermans preparing thier nets while I was there. And the cats are waiting for fish around them.
It is a nice place to forget your routine life.
The ancient site of Pergamon is one of the finest in Turkey. The city was a great centre of culture and was a rival to Ephesus. It was here in Pergamon that parchment was invented when Egypt suspended the export of papyrus.
The Pergamon Theatre was built on a steep slope and is one of the most elegant architectural constructions of Hellenistic era. Being the steepest theatre of Western Anatolia, it has capacity for 10.000 people. The part where the viewers sit are made up of 80 rows the row on the very top is 36 m. Higher than the level place of the orchestra. The stage part was made of wood in the Hellenistic era and was only set up on play days and was taken down later.