Babadere Village

The village of Babadere is 10 km from Tavakli village along the coast road towards Gülpınar. Çanakkale is 90 km away and the town of Ayvacık is 21km from Babadere.

This is a small village with around 160 people. Many of the old stone houses are empty or completely abandoned. There is a mosque and there was a school here although that is no longer used. There is no health centre in the village but there is a tarmac road and the village is fully connected to the national grid with phone lines and sewage infrastructure.

Ayvacık

Ayvacik is situated on the main Canakkale to Izmir highway. It is thought that the settlement here dates back to the 14th Century when it would have been known as the village of Kızılcatuğlu. Evidence suggests that there might have been settlements in the area as early as the Hittite period.

Along the main highway as you turn into AYVACIK by the park you will see a large statue of Barbaros Haydrettin Pasha the Ottoman Admiral who was born on Lesbos and died in Istanbul. In fact there are quite a few statues in and around AYVACIK as you will see in this film.

Babakale

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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