There is Gömeç in the north east and Dikili and Bergama in İzmir in the south and Aegean Sea in the west. Opposite is the island of Lesbos and can be seen with the naked eye. The Cunda Island of Ayvalık, which has the archipelago called Ayvalık Islands, is a very special island that connects the district by land, in the high parts of the straits, the bays that are nested and the restaurants where you can taste fresh seafood.
1. Taksiyarhis Memorial Museum
The first church of Ayvalık, Taksiyarhis Church, which was restored in 2012 and turned into a magnificent museum, is located in Ismet Pasha Neighborhood, the first neighborhood of the city in the center of Ayvalık. The building, which was used as a tobacco warehouse after the exchange, welcomes you in unity with the embroidered garlic stones, the neo-classical architectural style and the typical Ayvalık houses around it.
The interior of the church, which is also very close to Saatli Mosque, which is among the places to be seen in Ayvalık, is supported by the columns covered with golden carvings. You can see the bell tower of a church built in 1873 in Bergama Museum. Entrance fee: 5 TL, student 2 TL. Visiting hours are 09.00-19.00 in summer and 08.00-17.00 in winter.
2. clock Mosque
clocks Mosque, located in İsmet Pasha Quarter in the center of Ayvalık, was built as a church by the Orthodox Christian Greeks in the second half of the nineteenth century under the name of Agai Ianni Church. II. During the reign of Abdulhamid, Ayvalık cams first mosque was transformed into a mosque with a minaret built in its garden.
3. Ayvalık Streets
Civil architecture in Ayvalık has been preserved to a great extent. Ayvalık, a Greek settlement before the exchange, has around 4,000 historical houses. The historical Greek houses built of garlic stone, which are greeted in the narrow cobbled streets of Ayvalık and are unique to the Ayvalık region, take a historical journey with their bay windows, wrought iron, elegant doors and embroideries on their pediments. The neighborhood culture continues in Ayvalık with all its warmth.
The 1860 registered houses have been transformed into charming boutique hotels and artist workshops. Macaron Mansion, which gives its name to a district of Ayvalık and takes the name of the Ayval macaron ”plant that is still used in Greece and Ayvalık region, is one of these historical mansions. Get lost between the long streets and alleys intersecting each other in steep and parallel.
4. Olive Museum
Ayvalık was a harbor town which was enriched with olive trade since the first half of the 18th century. You can see the reflection of all the material wealth of Ayvalık in the architecture of the city. Ayvalık producing the best quality olive oil in our country, Turkey’s first museum welcomes tens of thousands of visitors since 2001.
The museum, which opened its doors after the restoration of the historical soap shop building in Küçükkuyu, exhibits old olive oil presses, olive collection tools, transport and storage containers, and various folkloric objects. The museum, which describes the path of olives from branch to table and the stages of production such as filtering, transferring and preserving olive oil, is worth seeing.
5. Antique Shop
One of the most popular passages in Ayvalık is the Antique Bazaar. Twelve artisans’ shops, one of which is opened to Talat Pasa Street and the other to Customs Square. sells handcrafted textiles, Victor Hugo’s 1840 edition poetry book, Ottoman books and much more. The collectors are summer cottages, foreign tourists, industrialists, painters, writers, educators…
6. Ayvalık Fleet Market
Here is another market established in the streets of Ayvalik, Bitpazari. The flea market established in front of Cafe Karamel on Saturdays every week since 2007 is located at the intersection of the eighth and ninth streets of Barbaros Street.
Antique items, needle laces, porcelain sets, Çanakkale ceramics with their interesting stories are waiting for the visitors in the cheerful looms opened by the vendors from Ayvalık and the surrounding area. Don’t leave without tasting Cafe Karamel’s delicious lemonade while you’re on the market.
7. Cunda Island
Cunda Island, the eye of Ayvalık, is a corner of paradise with its colorful culture, garlic stone historical houses, churches forming its historical texture, restaurants offering the most delicious tastes of the Aegean along the coast, blue flag paradise beaches and azure sea. Cunda, which the Greek Cypriots called Kokuluada (Moshinos) in the past, is a tranquil town with pine and olive trees. Spend at least 1 day for sightseeing in Cunda. Also nearby are Asiklar Hill, Sevim and Necdet Kent Library, Agios Yannis Church, Rahmi Koc Museum, Taxiarhis Church, Paterica Beach.
In Cunda Island, I recommend the Hop Cunda Restaurant where you can enjoy the best of more than one hundred and fifty appetizers of this region with live music and Cafe Uno where you can enjoy both pizza types and Ayvalık appetizers with your bistro taste wine.
8. Yeniçarohori Village
In Küçükköy, where the former name was Yeniçarohori and the Greeks and then Bosnians settled before the exchange, see art studios, art galleries, design boutiques, gourmet restaurants, lounge and jazz venues with boutique houses that have been transformed in recent years. Don’t forget to eat delicious Bosnian pastry with ayran at Zet Cafe, which is very close to the village square. When it opens, don’t forget to visit Kiraarthane.
9. Heaven Hill
Cennet Hill, located on the ridges of Ayvalık, looks like a promenade. Cennet Hill, which is preferred to witness the famous imbat wind of Ayvalık especially at sunsets, is dominated by all the Ayvalık, Cunda and Tımarhane Islands and the bay region from the hill. Ayvalık and Cunda’yı bird’s eye view and to watch the sunset is the rival of the Devil’s Table.
10. Devil’s Table
They came to Ayvalık and beat those who did not go to Satan Table! This amazing location is located on the big rocky hills 8 km south of Ayvalik town center. Watching the sun set against all Ayvalik and Lesbos islands provides you with peace of mind for a few months. The popular side is an old puddle of lava, believed to have the footprint of the devil on it, wishing the people a coin and wish.
Extend perpendicular to the mountains with the sea on the nose and rich coast of the bay’s famous beaches Ayvalık Turkey. Sarımsaklı, Altıova, Armutçuk and Cunda Beaches are known as paradise beaches with fine and clean sand and cool sea.
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