a Church in Ayvalik
formerly known as Prokonessos, rose to prominence in the Roman period and
retained its importance in the
Ottoman periods, because of
its marble quarries which supplied the luxurious stone for the extravagant
imperial building programs. Marble Beach near Saraylar village derives its
name from the natural marble that lies just off the water's edge. In town
an open air museum displays artifacts which date back to Roman and
Turkeli (Avsa) is another holiday island that boasts of spectacular
beaches and clear water as well as famous vineyards and wine cellars.In
the Manastir district stands the
Byzantine Meryem Ana Monastery.
Fifty-five kilometers southwest of Bandirma,Gonen is Turkey's most
important thermal resort. The springs were used even in Roman times and a
fifth century mosaic remains from what was originally a Roman bath.These
waters come from 500 meters below the ground and emerge heated at
approximateiy 82-C. Another 30 Km to the northwest Denizkent is a nice
vacation spot with lovely beaches.
|Sindirgi lies at
the base of the Alacam Mountains amid beautiful forests and meadows in a
region known for the weaving of superb
Turkish carpets. The rugs of
Yagcibedir are among the most prized in the country and grow more lovely
the older they become.
Around the Gulf of Edremit, also in
Balikesir province, are some of the
most beautiful ceastlines in the country where the clear waters meet sandy
beaches encircled by the silvery green of olive groves. Ayvalik,
Burhaniye,Oren, Edremit, Akcay and Altinoluk are all holiday towns which
attract vacationers 1nterested in a relaxing holiday with beautiful
scenery and a wealth of historical and archaeological sites.
a Cafe in Ayvalik