All around this region you will find signs referring to the famous Ezine Peynir, a distinct type of white cheese which is famous throughout Turkey. Of course the best place to find this is in Ezine itself which is just a 22 km ( about 12 miles ) from Tavakli
Alexandria Troas is about 13km from Tavakli in Dalyan Village. This is the site of an ancient Greek city, situated on the Aegean Sea. It was founded in 306 BC by Antigoneia Monophthalmus, a commander serving under Alexander the Great. Although the original name was Antigonia it was re-named Alexandria Troas by Lysimachus.
Alexandria Troas is in the Ezine district in the province of Canakkale. It is very close to Troy, the town that was believed by many to have been the mother-city of Rome.
In its prime, granite columns were sent to Rome and other cities of the Roman Empire and this was one of the largest Greek cities ever to be established in Anatolia. It was one of the main ports of the region and at the height of its glory it may have had a population as high as 100,000.
Constantine had even considered making Troas the capital of the Roman Empire before deciding on Byzantium, later re-named Constantinople, modern day Turkey’s Istanbul.
During Roman times this port was visited by Paul of Tarsus and Ignatius of Antioch. Over years the importance of the city declined. Sometime during the Byzantine period the city was either destroyed or abandoned.
The Ottoman period saw Karasi Turkmens settling in the region during the 14th century. The ruins were known to locals as Eski Stambul ( Old City ) and much of the stones were re-used for building works elsewhere. It is well known that Mehmed IV took columns from this site for his Yeni Valide Mosque in Istanbul. During the 18th century the site became a hideout for bandits.
In more modern times the site became overgrown and covered in trees and grassland. Much of the stone has been removed. Some parts have been found in better order than others and the bath and gymnasium complex is known locally as the Bal Saray ( Honey Palace ). Excavations are taking place at the site.
Visitors can see the remains of several large structures such as the palace, temple, theatre and baths and more recently a stadium which has been uncovered. The site extends over an area of some 400 hectares ( 1,000 acres ).
Open: 08:00 to 17:00 all year round
Along the coast road in Tavakli you can find Larissa's place with its lovely garden and close proximity to the sea. This cannot really be classed as a full restaurant with all the facilities you might be accustomed to but it is a great place to stop for a snack, a cold drink or a cup of Turkish tea.
Favorite Dish: The kofte made here is really good. If kofte isn't on the menu then go for the kasar peynir tost sandwich.
From Tavakli Iskelesi why not take the road to the village of Tavakli and see what a real Turkish village looks like. This pleasant little place with the backdrop of mountain and the panoramic views of the sea is also a very hospitable place.
The village has a tea garden and a couple of shops. There is also a good Bus Service from here to the outlying villages. Take a stroll around the village streets and meet the locals.
The village has three olive oil factories and the main income of the village is derived from agriculture.