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Fresh fish, colorful streets, cool water and vast blue... Ayvalik opens its doors to the end for the ones who want to have a heartwarming holiday with its ever-lasting atmosphere and sincere people.
The greatest of Ayvalik islands, Cunda Island is a great breakpoint for the ones dreaming of a quiet holiday... In Cunda Island, offering opportunity to have a peaceful holiday along with a silent nature, it’s possible to take pleasant walks among olive trees. Close to Ayvalik center, Cunda Island is famous for design shops between stone streets and fish restaurants in harbor area. There are restaurants with tables full of fresh fish and delicious appetizers in the harbor of the island which starts to liven up towards evening. You must try papalina, famous fish in region, if you love seafoods. It’s possible to run into many confectioners along the coastline. Fried balls with syrup (lokma) and gummy ice-cream are famous, we promise you! Lovers’ Hill has one of the best views in Cunda Island. You can watch the beautiful sunset along with a unique view especially in the evenings.
It’s possible to find organic products at the village market set up in Ayvalik. Located at the Bay of Edremit, Ayvalik is not only famous for sea and beach but also for foods. When talking about Ayvalik, olive oil, papalina fish, lokma and chewing gum are the first things come to mind, so, you must definitely add them to your to do list. Don’t forget to add the famous olive oil into your chart before leaving Ayvalik. Ayvalik toast, famous beyond the borders of the country, is essential for the ones who are looking for light foods during the summer. Don’t forget to try if you wonder the harmony of Russian salad, sausage, cheese and bologna sausage. Region is quite assertive on Turkish coffee. Despite many places to drink Turkish coffee with gum mastic at the center of Ayvalik, Tas Kahve in Cunda Island is worth to visit with its architecture and delicious coffees.
If you can’t separate sea, sand and sun from each other, it means that an entertaining holiday experience is waiting for you in Ayvalik. Famous Sarimsakli Beach is a great option to enjoy the sun and sea all day long and also offers funny moments with water sports activities. If you also ‘’wonder the underwater’’, you can dive in diving centers and watch the unique view. Furthermore, you can also attent yacht parties and have fun at a different cove each night. There are also many markets in the residential area. You can stop by flea market to buy old or ancient stuff at a discount.
Featuring many boutique hotels, Ayvalik consists of stone structures, many of which are renovated. Mosques that are converted from Orthodox churches and coffee bars that provide service in a historical structure attract great attention from the visitors. If you are in love with the history and architecture, there are many places you can visit and see in Ayvalik. Reflecting the peaceful atmosphere of Aegean, markets remained from Ottoman period are worth to see. Built as Greek Orthodox church by Ayios Yorgis in 1790 and started to serve as mosque in 1923, Alibey Mosque attracts attention of the ones who want to get informed on heritages of different cultures. Built in 1844 and renovated in 2013, Greek Orthodox Cathedral should be included in the list of sights in Ayvalik, even it’s closed to worship.
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