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.
The view from Mount Çığrı is spectacular. The granite formations stand tall and proud across the plain of this ancient walled city of Neandrea. To the casual tourist this archaelogical site might not seem that impressive but dig a little deeper and you will appreciate why this is an important historical landmark.
The remaining defence walls are all that is left of what must have once been a large city. Tracing the route of the walls and what is left of them you begin to get an idea of the sheer scale of this place. Dating back to the 8th century B.C. granite would have been quarried out of the mountain.
Sapmaz Olive Oil Factory in Tavakli is a family run business employing around 10 workers. During the harvesting season it works 24/7 from November through to March processing the olives and manufacturing fine quality olive oil for which this region is famous.
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.
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.