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District of Canakkale, Bozcaada is located at the northwest of Aegean Sea. As the only district without any village, the island is known to host many civilizations throughout the ages. Dating back to 3000 BC, Bozcaada welcomes the visitors through Bozcaada Castle. It’s known that the castle was built to defend the island that is always open to occupation. With the effect of the Greeks and the Turks living together for many years, the district has traces of both cultures. Although the number of Greeks living today is low, the influence of the Greeks is felt everywhere from the architecture to the cuisine. The centre of island consists of two neighbourhoods that are shaped by the influence of Turks and Greeks. In the Greek neighbourhood, the former taverns and alehouses are now serving as restaurants and cafeterias. In the Turkish neighbourhood, there are mainly guesthouses.
The fact that the entire Bozcaada is a natural and historical site provides protection of the architectural texture and natural beauties of the island. Generating wind energy thanks to its wind turbines, Bozcaada meets the electric power demand of the island and Canakkale. Although the island which features many beautiful bays has been known for many years, it has been mentioned more frequently in recent years due to the short holiday plans of people living in Marmara Region and the surrounding. It is also possible to stay in guesthouses, boutique hotels, vineyard houses and hotels in the regions where bays and vineyards are located as well as its central hotels and guesthouses. It would be useful to book early since it’s hard to find a place in Bozcaada hotels, especially in summer season.
Welcoming its visitors while they’re heading towards island on a ferry, Bozcaada Castle reflects the magnificent history of the island. You can see historical artefacts and gravestones discovered in the island while visiting the castle that also hosts concerts during festivals. Another important historical structure is Bozcaada Ayazma Monastery, located at the south of the island. The monastery, opened only on special occasions, features 2 single-storey buildings that consist of a small monastery and a fountain. Reflecting the culture and life in the island with its remarkable presentations, Bozcaada Museum is one of the most worth-seeing places. Other historical places to visit in Bozcaada are Church of Virgin Mary which is still open to worship today, Köprülü Mehmed Pasha Mosque and Yeni Kale (New Castle) that is located at the hill of the island and fascinating with its stunning view.
Bozcaada, with its many large and small bays, has a tempting appearance with its clean sea. The most popular spot to have a swim in the island is; Ayazma Beach. Beside Ayazma that is frequently preferred by daily visitors thanks to its beach consisting of fine sand and restaurants, Aquarium Bay which have aquarium clarity and Habbele Beach also stand out. Less preferred due to lack of facilities yet fascinating with their beauties, Beylik Bay, Sulubahce Bay, Poyrazlimanı Bay are also other places where you can swim. If you like walking, you can encounter with many virgin bays along the coastline and enjoy the nature away from the crowd.
Thanks to the interaction of Greek and Turkish cultures, the island allows you to discover a very rich cuisine. Olive oil dishes, salads and pies made of herbs are the key players. As the fishery is one of the primary means of livelihood, sea products are often presented on the tables. Gummy cookies with almonds and liqueurs other tastes you need to explore. If you visit the region, where kuntra, black cabbage, sweet white and vasilaki grapes are grown, in September; you can attend the Grape Harvesting Season that is celebrated every year.
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