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.

Around Tavakli

The following video is a collection of photos from around the Tavakli area. All of these places are easily accessible for day trips and all are no further than 100km or 60 miles from the village of Tavakli. Most are much closer.

 

 

 

Dalyan

 

Assos Dedeoglu Otel

Assos Dedeoglu Otel

Great location near the beach with relaxing atmosphere and superb surroundings. This really should be a three star hotel rather than a two star. Some of the 3 star hotels we had stayed in were not as good as this. Good breakfast which is served from the beach restaurant.

Let down by the lack of a menu at the restaurant where we were charged 50.000 TL for a light lunchtime snack. Daylight robbery. Basically use the restaurant for breakfast included purposes but eat elsewhere in the much more reasonable local establishments.

For further details and to make a booking; http://www.assosdedeoglu.com/

Çanakkale

Photo of Kilitbahir Castle by Omulazimoglu

The province of Canakkale does not benefit from the high volume of tourists found in other regions of Turkey. This is the real turkey –hospitable, unexplored and untainted for the most part by mass tourism.

A part of me wants to keep this quiet and not tell anyone how beautiful and natural this region is. The stifling hot July and August temperatures of the south coast are instead the breezy and temperate summer winds of the Aegean.

The olive groves and orchards provide a distinctly green countryside even in the height of the summer season. Water is generally in no short supply here with underground springs and a good natural supply from the nearby mountain ranges.

For me this is the place to get away from it all. Forget your troubles, the stresses of every day life and the hustle and bustle of city life. Lose yourself in the sparkling clear waters of the Aegean sea. Relax under the sun and take in the magnificent views this province has to offer.

The city of Çanakkale is located on the south side of the Dardenelles. Steeped in legend and myth this region of Turkey has seen the Greeks and the Romans come and go. The strategic importance of the straights of the Dardenelles have seen Sultans and Royalty, battles and bloodshed, settlers and traders all passing through its waters. This famous region of Turkey is best known for the Trojan War and the city of Troy and the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I.

Today, Çanakkale, with it’s windy climate, plays host to a number of foreign tourists interested in wind surfing and visiting the war graves and battlefields. Tourism in the area is heavily bolstered by locals from Istanbul and Izmir.

Troy, or Truva in Turkish, was the centre of civilization in its prime. It used to be a sea port but the land has silted over and it now lies inland near Hisarlik. What should be a fine example of an ancient historical site will be of great disappointment to visitors because sadly what is left is the result of the destruction of the site by Heinrich Schliemann, a famous German archaeologist who basically plundered the site  between 1870 – 1890 and took away its treasures.

Pretty much all there is to see in Troy is a replica wooden horse and some stones scattered around. Of all the fine historical treasures that Turkey has to offer, it has to said that Troy is not very prominent in the league tables.

Leaving Troy and travelling south you will see signs to Bozcaada or the island of Bozca. Not far from here is the ancient city of Alexandreia Troas. Most of the traffic leaving Çanakkale goes directly through Ezine and on to Ayvacik on route to Izmir but they are missing out on one of the most forgotten and unspoiled areas of Turkish coastline.

Those who branch off from Ezine to Geyikli now have the chance to explore the pretty island of Bozcaada or take the coast road south passing through small villages and spectacular coastline with its varied countryside and natural rock formations, against a backdrop of mountains and hills.

Between Geyikli and Assos you are within easy reach of Ezine and the numerous inexpensive restaurants and guest houses of the beautiful coastline. Get off the beaten track and turn inland once in a while and visit some of the little villages like Pinarbasi, Kemalli or Tavakli. Here you will experience the hospitality of the local people and it is here that you will find tranquillity and a slow pace of life that is enviable to many city dwellers.

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Bozcaada

The impressive castle on Bozcaada

Bozcaada is accessed by ferryboat from Geyikli. It is a popular local tourist destination for Turkish holidaymakers from Istanbul and Izmir.

With a population of just 2,354 it used to be a predominantly Greek island until 1924 when an exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey turned this into the Turkish island that it is today.

Fishing and tourism are the main incomes of the island with local grapes producing some half decent local wine. A wind farm produces all the electricity needed for the island with any excess power being transferred to the Turkish mainland.

Main attractions on the island are the castle which is located right by the sea and which dates back to Byzantine times. It is in exceptionally good condition and well worth a visit.  Wandering around the cobbled streets gives you a feel for the distinctive architecture of the island homes and two main beaches are of a good size with excellent nearby facilities.

The waters of the Ayazma beach can be freezing cold even in the height of summer. This is due to freshwater discharges being released from under the seabed.


Pınarbaşı

Pinarbasi is a village in the Ezine district.

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.

Source: http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%B1narba%C5%9F%C4%B1,_Ezine

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