After you pass through the village of Uluköy and head on towards Tavaklı Köyü you will pass through Akçakeçili. You could be forgiven for thinking that this was a village with just a few houses but most of the homes are actually set back from the main road and out of sight until you park up and explore.
Alemşah village is the closest village to Tavakli village. This video takes a look at the village with its old stone houses, a mix of modern and new, and the reservoir behind the village.
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.
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.
Dalyan is a small fishing village with a harbour. It is the site of the Antik Liman or Antique harbour which would have been the main port of Alexandria Troas just up the road.
The harbour is home to a number of fishing boats and pleasure craft. There are some tea rooms and restaurants and a good beach here. Across the water you can see the island of Bozcaada in the distance.
This pretty little village is also popular with tourists during the summer months and there are many holiday homes in the village.
The town of Gülpınar is 22 km or about a half hours drive from Tavakli which is about the same distance as it is to Ezine from Tavakli village. It would be very easy to just drive through the centre of Gülpınar and miss out on what is actually here.
As you come towards the town there is a right hand turn by the petrol station which if you were to follow would take you to a busy fishing marina and small beach.
Just a little further up the main road as you are coming into the town you will see the signpost for Apollo Smintheon the ancient temple and archealogical site which is the main reason why people come to Gülpınar in the first place.
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 thisimpressive 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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Bayramiç is a pleasant town located on Mount Ida ( Kazdag ). It is blessed with an abundance of green countryside and is situated 351 ft above sea level. The population of the town is 13,420.
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.
The reservoir near Bayramic and its surrounding lush countryside.