Kösedere village is approximately 35 km from Ezine and one of the closest villages to Tavakli. In fact, with a population of around 1,200 it is the largest village in the area.
The village income is derived mainly from agriculture and particularly vegetable produce. Livestock such as sheep and goats and olive oil production is also a valuable source of income for the village.
Situated near the Aegean coast there is also a large fresh water reservoir near the village of Kösedere.
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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.
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.
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.
The name of the village is derived from the fact that there are underground springs. There are at least 40 of these in and around the village. The Menderes River passes through the east of the village.
Due to the plentiful supply of water, it is assumed that the first inhabitants of Troy settled around here. There is no clear evidence of this, however, on the east side of the village there is a hillside called Ballik Tepesi where some ancient historical objects have been found although not determined by date to any specific era.
There is a primary school in the village. Every year the village gathers for its ‘Koy Hayiri’ when all of the villagers prepare cooked rice, keskek and regional dishes to their guests.
The village is 32 km from Canakkale and 20 km from Ezine. The population of Pinarbasi according to the 2000 census is 1233 residents.
The economy of the village is based on agriculture and livestock farming. The village head ( Muhtar ) is Salih İlhan Özkan.
The village benefits from a primary school and water and mains sewage supplies. There is a Post Office ( PTT ) agency in the village and a health clinic. The village is serviced by a tarmac road and electricity and telephone services.