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.

Dolunay Bungalows

This delightful collection of bungalows set in their own gardens and right by the sea provides visitors with everything they need for a comfortable holiday.

For more details contact English speaking Mr Halil Ören on 0536 326 56 26.

Bozcaada ( Tenedos )

Bozcaada is a small Turkish island in the province of Çanakkale in the Aegean Sea. It has a population of around 2,500 which swells enormously in the summer season as tourists and Turkish citizens with homes on the island arrive for the summer holidays.

The main income in Bozcaada is tourism but it is also known for its wine production and fishing. The island is shaped in a rough triangle and covers around 39 km2 or approx 15 square miles. It is situated close to the entrance of the Dardenelles opposite Troy and a local ferry service from Geyikli provides an hourly service during the busy summer months and a frequent service during the winter season. The crossing takes around half and hour.

The buildings on Bozcaada are generally of very good quality and the island has quite a varied terrain with several very good beaches. There is only one town in Bozcaada which you arrive in directly by ferry. The rest of the island is rural with hilly terrain and suitable for livestock such as goats and sheep as well as agriculture in the from of wheat fields, vineyards and olive trees. There is even a pine forest on the Western side of the island.

This was orginally a Greek settlement hence the name Tenedos. The island even gets a mention in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. During the period of the Ottoman Empire the island was used as a navy base and it was the first island to become Turkish in the Aegean Sea in 1455. The island has a chequered history of ownership and was a British supply base during the Gallipoli Campaign. Following World War I the island was formally handed over to Turkey under the Treaty of Lausanne to the new Turkish Republic in 1923.

Bozcaada Castle is one of the first things you see when you visit the island. Situated by the harbour it is an impressive structure with a history dating back to the Phoenicians. During Ottoman times Fatih Sultan Mehmet had the castle reconstructed and this is waht you see today. The Koprulu Mehmed Pasha Mosque from the 17th century is well worth a visit as is the Museum and its collection of artifacts and everyday items from Bozcaada.

Find out about the history of the island and the efforts of collector M Hakan Gureney to conserve the unique treasures of this beautiful little Aegean gem off the Turkish coast. ( www.bozcaadamuzesi.net )     Grape Harvest Festivities take place on the island on 26-27th July. Bozcaada is famous for its red poppies which are used to produce jams. The island is self sufficient in its energy requirements through the use of wind turbines.

Every Wednesday there is a large and busy market on the island which sells fresh local food produce, clothes and household items.

Website: http://www.bozcaada.gov.tr/

Assos ( Behramkale )

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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