Assos Travel Guide

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Assos Highlights

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    cbeaujean says…

     amazing site 

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     uneasy to reach without car 

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     only for happy few (exc. july and august) 

Assos Things to Do

  • Kadirga Beach

    Around Assos there are so many natural beaches .This beach is a big one and you can also find places to stay here.

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  • Assos marina

    This part is called ''Iskele'' (small marina) .There are boutique hotels made of stone,narrow smalºl streets,some fish rest. and icecream .There are also some gift shops.

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  • Behramkale -ancient ruins and the...

    Before you reach the harbour of Assos. you'll see the ruins of the ancient city .Also you can go in the villege to see around and the amazing view.

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  • Views from the Hill/Acropolis

    The hill that dominates Assos, and which is the location of the upper part of the village plus the primary site of the ruins of the ancient city, afford excellent views of the surrounding area as well as the Greek island of Lesbos.

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  • Stone Village Houses of Assos

    The modern village of Assos is an attractive, picturesque village made of beautiful, nicely crafted and decorated stone houses. It includes the Iskele area on the water (see my tip on that) and another portion, mostly houses and a mosque, on the hill at the ancient acropolis, on the site of the ancient core of the town. The portion on the hill is...

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  • Ottoman Bridge at Assos/Behramkale

    Just north of Assos/Behramkale (southern Canakkale Province) next to the road between it and Ayvacik is a 14th-century Ottoman Bridge. Although no longer used on the main road, it is, like most Ottoman bridges, in excellent condition due to its solid construction. It is also, again as is common with Ottoman bridges, a graceful structure. One can...

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  • Harbour

    If you continue to travel downhill along the road from the theatre, you'll come to the small harbour. From antiquity until the 1950s this was a small but busy commercial port, with two bakeries, two hotels, warehouses for the acorns collected from local forests and a customs office along the dock. When exports from here stopped in 1950 these...

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  • Theatre

    The 5,000 seat theatre, lying to the south of and below the Agora, was built entirely from local andesitic rock. Typical for a construction in the Greek age is the union of a location on a natural slope with the orientation towards a panoramic view and this theatre has one of the best views with the sea in the distance. In Roman times, the building...

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  • Bouleuterion

    The city hall of Assos has a square ground plan. The roof was carried by four columns standing inside the building. The entrance to the building is situated on the west towards the Agora, where the space between the columns was closed off by a balustrade. The other three walls have no openings. The interiors was most likely furnished with wooden...

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  • Stoa

    The Stoae, two corridors with columns, located to the south and north of the Agora, were constructed to protect people from rain and sun and served as meeting points for traders, merchants and the wealthy. The north Stoa had two storeys and was 111.52m long and 12.42m wide. Steps ran along the entire front of it. The interior columns of its hall,...

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  • Agora

    This is the most important space of an ancient city which was a public area where people could meet to conduct economic and political transactions. The Agora required only an open space in which the population could convene. The Assos Agora was located between the eastern and western living quarters, immediately adjoining the theatre. It is...

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  • Agora Temple

    At the west entrance to the Agora is a prostylos temple with dimensions of 16.50 x 10 m., resting on a podium. Only the foundations of the building, that is thought to have been converted into a small church after the 5th century AD, have remained until today.

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  • Gymnasium

    This complex consists of a large courtyard surrounded by several buildings and shady roofs. Before the 4th century BC, the site where boys were trained in sports, music, literature and philosophy had been located in a wooded area. According to an inscription, the gymnasium was built in the 2nd century AD. Underneath the courtyard a cistern was dug...

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  • Necropolis

    The Necropolis stretches from east of the city to the west, however, only the area outside the western gate has been excavated and studied. The oldest graves are pithos (large clay vessels) burials. The dead were placed inside in a foetal position and usually such vessels were laid on bedrock on their sides, with the opening oriented towards the...

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  • Views from Assos

    The acropolis of Assos, built on a hill dominating both sea and land is about 238 metres above the sea-level and is surrounded by walls about 3Km in length. The hill offers spectacular views of the Aegean sea and the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.

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  • Temple of Athena

    This is the main site at the top of the hill in the acropolis of Assos. It is the only Archaic temple in the Doric Order known so far in Asia Minor. Erected between 540 and 530 BC, the building was in use into the Hellenistic age. The dimensions of the temple are 30m by 14.3m; the long sides have 13 columns each, the short sides 6 columns each. The...

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  • Cisterns

    After you enter through the entrance gate that's on top of the hill beside the old village, one of the first things you'll come to are the old cisterns which was were water was stored in ancient times.

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  • Views from Behramkale

    These are the views from the very top of the hill in front of the Hudavendigar Mosque, that looks down over the surrounding countryside to the north and the old village of Behramkale below.

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  • Hudavendigar Mosque

    This small mosque sits right at the top of the hill, looking down over the surrounding countryside to the north and the old village of Behramkale below. It has the same name as the old stone bridge that lies just to the north, off the main road that leads to the old village and was, like the bridge, also built in the 14th century. Unfortunately it...

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  • City Walls & Fortifications

    Both the village of Behramkale and the ancient Assos are protected by walls and fortifications that go on for around 3km. If you climb up to the top of the hill, through the old village, then you'll see several towers. There is also an old gateway that leads into Assos from the Necropolis where the wall joins. A great part of the remaining city...

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  • Statue of Aristotle

    This statue of Aristotle stands at the entrance into the old town, at the junction where the road that leads up into the old town joins the road that heads north. Reason why it's here is because between 384-387 BC, Aristotle, Plato’s most famous student, was invited to Assos by Hermeias, student and friend of Aristotle, and spent over three years...

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  • Behramkale

    Behramkale is the 'modern' Greek village that sits on the hill and looks down upon Assos. It's a wonderful place to visit with some picturesque old stone buildings, cobbled streets and fortified walls. It was virtually dead when I walked through it as it was a cold, blustery winter’s day and so not in season. I suppose in summer it's packed to the...

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  • Hudavendigar Bridge

    As you approach Assos/Behramkale from the north, you'll notice this wonderful arched stone bridge on the left that dates from the 14th century. The main road doesn't go over it but used to, in days gone by. I actually walked over it and took a photo of the river passing underneath.

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  • Swimming - Beach

    There is a small swimming beach area in the Iskele portion of the town. It is a short walk beyond the marina along the water. It is somewhat rocky but nice and pleasant, and very convenient as it is right in town.

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  • Adatepe Olive Oil Museum

    In nearby Kucukkuyu, a few miles east along the shore, is the Adatepe Olive Oil Museum. I have a separate tip on the under Kucukkuyu, but it makes sense to add it here. The place has displays on the history and making of olive oil, its uses, etc., with many artifacts. It also sells local olive oil and other olive-oil products like nice olive-oil...

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  • Iskele-Marina Area of Assos/Behramkale

    The village of Behramkale combines a beautiful small village of stone houses on a hill, built right next to the ancient Greek ruins of Assos looking across the Gulf of Edremit to Lesbos, with a lower portion on the water with a small fishing and boating harbour. The lower portion of the village on the water, called Iskele - "the dock," is at the...

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  • Philosophy in Assos

    This is not an activity for everybody. But if you are interested in philosophy, there will be a bunch of meetings and discussions from 1 to 5 July 2007.The first event has been in 2000 and it has grown since then.The participation is free of charge. You only have to pay for your expenses like accomodation, transportation, food, etc.You can find the...

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Assos Restaurants

  • Dondurma

    Turkish ice-cream is called dondurma and it can be very yummi, as this one I bought in Berhamkale, by the harbour.In a waffle I got a bit of every flavour and the price was 2 500 000 TL.

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  • harbour houses are hotels...

    they solicit....without insisting!they know the price of istanbul restaurants!as they serve efes pilsen and doluca,fishes...and sunny surroundings are wonderful,you forget easily commercial pressures...

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Assos Transportation

  • From Izmir to Assos

    Around Dokuz Eylül Meydani there are many bus company offices. I asked at a few before I was told Truva company had buses to Ayvacik (the Canakkale bus stops there). From the office there is a service bus to the otogar half an hour before departure. The bus ride to Ayvacik was 5 hours (it includes a lunch break).In Ayvacik I waited 45 minutes for...

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  • From Assos to Bursa

    Before leaving Ayvacik for Behramkale/Assos I did not check what time buses for Bursa left. It could have been good as there is not much information about that in Behramkale.By the harbour (Iskele) I found a ticket boot selling Truva bus tickets. They had a bus from Ayvacik too early in the morning and one too late in the afternoon. I decided I...

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    by black&white Updated Aug 26, 2005

    What to buy: On the way to the ancient city you can find many old-people of Behramkale village selling handmade laceworks, towels etc. But make sure to bargain !!!

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