Ezine Cheese ( Peynir )
Ezine cheese is famous throughout Turkey. It has a distinctive taste and is a full-fat white cheese that is pickled and ripened in tinplate containers. The Ezine cheese is made from goat, sheep and cow’s milk.
If you drive through or near the town of Ezine you will find plenty of places selling the famous Ezine Peynir.
Gulpinar is a pleasant village near Tuzlu Köyü. It has an impressive mosque and is the location of the famous ancient site of Apollo Smintheous.
The nearby village of Tuzla might look like the sort of place you would pass by quickly and seemingly of little interest but dig a bit deeper and you will find that there are a couple of old buildings here ( the mosque and part of a school building ) built by Ottoman Sultan Murat some 700 years ago.
As you drive through Tuzla you will notice that the village has some hot water springs and salt which have yet to be exploited for commercial purposes.
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Assos or Behramkale is locatedin the Ayvacik district of Canakkale province. It is both an historical site steeped in ancient history and a tourist attraction by the sea. It is situated on the southern side of the Biga Peninsula, known as Troad,
The official name of the town is Behramkale but it is generally referred to locally as Assos. There are really two parts to Assos. The archaeological site on the hill and the beautiful fishing village with its own harbour on the coast.
The ancient harbour is a beautiful little enclave with fishing boats and small restaurants and gift shops. There are a couple of very good hotels here and a beach for those that wish to go swimming.
From the top of the hill at the ancient Temple of Athena you get a panoramic view of this impressive coastline and an idea as to how magnificent this site must have been in its hey day. The island of Lesbos lies out to sea to the south and the harbour of Assos can be seen with its sparkling turqoise waters below.
Visitors to the ancient site will see a large statue dedicated to Plato, student of Aristotle who spent more than three years of his life here in Assos. The temple of Athena and the Acropolis of Assos are 238 metres above sea level.
As you walk up the steep path to the historical site you will find many village stalls selling trinkets, clothing and general souvenir items. In addition to the main site there is an impressive mosque built by Ottoman Sultan Murat in the 14th century that is also worth a visit.
The ancient ruins are still in the process of being restored. They date back to the 7th century B.C. and the original foundations were laid by Aeolian citizens from Lesbos.
This important historical site is a must for any visitor to this region and the charming and idyllic town below is a great place to relax and unwind.
Just two kilometres down the road from Assos there is place called KadirgaCove, surrounded by old olive trees and a beautiful beach and sparkling clean sea. The beach is nice and wide and has been awarded Blue Flag status.
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The Kestanbol thermal waters
The Kestanbol Springs are located 2km from the coast to the south of Ezine. The waters of the springs here are supposed to be beneficial for a number of diseases and ailments including rheumatism, sciatica and bone tuberculoses.
Kestanbol ( the old name for Istanbul ) is reputed to have been used for the baths of the city of Troy nearby. It was Alexander the Great that renamed it Troas. The lodge accommodation here provides thermal spring facilities in the guest rooms.
People have been living in this town for centuries. Evidence exists of structures dating back to the Byantine and Ottoman eras. Of particular historical significance is the stone bridge ( Taskopru ) which dates back to 1210 and the Taskopru ( Tasköprü ) Mosque and Tepe Mosque. The most impressive building however is the Hadimoglu Konagi from Ottoman times.
Follow the signs from Bayramic to Ayazma, a nature reserve of breathtaking beauty and a dam that supplies water to the surrounding areas. You enter a different world here and the road takes you through pine forests, apple orchards and up into the mountains with scenery that will astound you.
Babakale is perhaps best known for its restored castle. It dates back to 1723 and was one of the last Ottoman castles of its era. Babakale lies at the most western point on the Turkish mainland.
The harbour is impressive and provides shelter for many fishing boats. Tourism is important here too and there are plenty of places to stay. The location of Babakale provides an excellent base from which to explore the rest of this beautiful coastline.
There is a good sandy beach at Babakale which provides safe bathing and is shallow for swimmers. Babakale used to be a pirates paradise and during the time of Sultan Ahmed III the castle was built to provide protection for the local people.
Whilst tourism provides a good income for many of the locals there is an economy in the growing of olives, knife making and shoe manufacturing.
Whether you are passing through or stopping over, Babakale is definately worth a visit and if you are feeling peckish you might try some freshly caught fish in one of the restaurants.
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