WHERE TO VISIT
Ayvalık houses, famous for their doors, facades, door knockers, windows, woodwork and masonry workmanship are well worth seeing as they carry beautiful traces of history.
DEVIL'S TABLE (Şeytan Sofrası)
At this place which overlooks a forest you can see a part that looks like a table. Because there is a large foot trace here which is said to belong to the devil, the place is called DEVIL'S TABLE.
5km from Ayvalik, beach lovers can find a kilometer long white sandy beach. Among Turkey's innumerable beautiful beaches, SARMISAKLI is no doubt one of the most popular ones with some kms of gorgeous white sand and calm water. Sadly, observative eyes would immediately notice the disturbing residential development in the area. It goes without saying, you can find all kinds of sports and entertainment facilites such as water skiing, clubs where you would be served food and drinks etc. BADAVUT is among beaches worth seeing as well.
This small town sleeps till late afternoon. Then all little stands and shops get open and the town doesnt look sleepy anymore. One can hear local Turkish music everywhere... an done can see people selling everything including cheap clothes, jewlery, shoes... and all kinds of food and drinks
THE ALİ BEY (CUNDA) ISLAND
Cunda Island is situated near Ayvalik, on the coast of the Aegean Sea. This old town was established by the Aeolian tribe. On Cunda Island (also called Alibey Island) and in Ayvalik you can find a lot of old houses, Monasteries and churches which were built by greeks before they left this place after the First World War.
The town of Cunda is as close as it gets to "Greek island" atmosphere in Turkey. The area around the town is spoiled by new housing colonies, but the back (north) part of the island remains untouched. Two timeless little hamlets here bear the common name Patrica. A path leads from the second of the two to a deserted cove where a derelict Greek monastery -- formerly St Demetrios of the Moonlight-- stands by clear sea. It is an evocative site at full moon.
You can reach CUNDA by boat or car from AYVALIK. One can find nice restaurants serving delicious Turkish meze and fresh fish here. Cunda however is known to be quite a dear place. So it is recommended to inquire well about prices in all situations.
For those keen on shopping souvenirs, elegant shops selling attractive textile and handmade jewelry products are available.
As to historical places Taksiyarhis Greek Orthodox Church is among sites worth seeing.
DIVING - FISHING - WATER SPORTS - SAILING
In AYVALIK, one can do all kinds of sports including diving, windsurfing and sailing.
This resort could be a true paradise for "fishing lovers" with a wide variety of marine creatures, plants, sponges and abundant fish. You can fish any where on the coast or else you can also go on a fishing boat.
For those who are interested in diving there are facilities to exercise this sport in the depths of the Aegean Sea. There is also a marina offering all kinds of services in AYVALIK.
In Ayvalık, you can shops from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and also at lunch break. Among items worth taking back home are carpets, gold and leather
DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT
Visiting Ayvalık houses,
Wandering around Devil's Table.
Going Cunda Island and seeing churches
Swimming at Sarımsaklı.