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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
This borek is very famous around Balikesir. The dough has pinched meat, potatoes or cheese inside. It is fried in olive oil. I had this one in Adatepe, in a small café called Ihlamurlu Kahve. I’m not sure about the name but it is very close to Zeus Han. Owners are the locals of Adatepe. I must admit that it is the best cig borek I ever had. Don’t forget to drink ayran or tea with borek.
Favorite Dish: Cig borek
After the stay at Diliki and excursions to Bergama and Troy we headed for Canakkale and crossed the Straits of Dardanelle by ferry (not this boat I hasten to add)
To say antiques would be correct but as for the quality of some of the bric-a-brac well !
If you want something typically Turk or Ottoman, then here is a great place to discover that hidden gem.
What to buy: If you're looking for something Turkish, maybe Ottoman to take home then try here. Amongst all the bits and pieces there must be some real treasures, just give yourself a few hours to try and find it.
What to pay: It isn't cheap for Turkey.
Once on the other side of the Dardanelles we were headed for Istanbul for 3 days but first a stop at Gallipoli. Here we had time for a poignant walk around the war memorial for the ANZACS, which commemorates the events of the Great War campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula Turkey that took place between April 1915 and January 1916. In the nine months of the campaign more than 36,000 Commonwealth soldiers died and Australia suffered 26,094 casualties. The 31 war cemeteries on the peninsula contain 22,000 graves, but only 9000 of these were able to be identified. Anzac Day Services are held each year at the Anzac Commemorative Site at Gallipoli on April 25.
Troy is a bit of a tourist trap for those doing a tour in this area on the way to Istanbul. Excavations are nowhere near the extent of other historical sites but the kids can have fun climbing inside the mock fabled wooden horse.
The nearby Devil's Table gives a wonderful view of the Gulf of Edremit. On our coach tour here we stopped to admire the view and at a local stall we all bought delicious cherries.
Trouble was cherries was on the hotel menu for desert that night...nobody could face eating anymore though!!
There are several hiking routes at Ida. Since it is a national park, at the gate, you can obtain the map of the park (although we could not). We made two different routes: 30 minutes route to Akyazi (a great part of the river to swim) and 2 hours route to the canyon... Hizir is planning to organize 4 day long hiking tours. When we were there, a group was just coming back from the trial version of that tour. Most probably next year, the 4 day tour will start.
Equipment: Good hiking shoes, water...
Fondest memory: On the way to Troy from Bergama we stopped off at this beautiful beach for the afternoon. I wish I could remember its name as it was one of the nicest turkish beaches I've been to. We had to pay as it was a private beach, but it was well worth it.