The city of Kios (Gemlik), was very famous, from the beginning because of its location, a safe port, connecting the Marmara Sea with Asia Minor. Great trade from the sea to the mainland was the main source of income. During the era of Alexander the Great the city became highly developed, and gold coins were cut. Commercial goods were transferred even as far as Egypt and Phoenicia.
There is a small street in downtown Gemlik with many restaurants. They are all good, but the main theme to stay with here is fish. The best (and possibly only) reason to visit Gemlik is to have the local catch, grilled or fried in Turkish style.
Favorite thing: According to Greek mythology, the Argonauts disembarked in the forest of Bythinia, in order to find the trunk of the correct tree to remake the broken oar of Hercules. Being thirsty, they sent Ylas, Hercule's close friend, to get some water from the spring. The Nymphs living in the dark forests fell in love with Ylas and kept him for ever. Hercules and his crew, searching for Ylas for many days without result, decided to stay there and founded a city, the city of Kios.
There are 3 ports in Gemlik and now a new free trade zone is established in this area. Therefore, Gemlik becomes the main port of Bursa both for Imports and Exports.
Gemlik Municipality Pier
Above is the picture of Borusan Pier
Gemlik is a town near Bursa. It is around 30 km. north of Bursa on the way to Yalova & Istanbul.
Gemlik is famous about olives but not olives for olive oil rather for black table olives for breakfast