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Ayvalık, Hometown of Olive

Ayvalık, Hometown of Olive

Ayvalık is one of the first places that comes to mind when you want to dive into the cool waters of the Aegean Sea in the summer heat or take a stroll in nostalgic streets. Renting a car on your way to this wonderful town of Bandırma consisting of islets will add a significant comfort to your travels. You can easily rent a car from the Budget Ayvalık car rental office. After completing the Ayvalık car rental process, you can start to see the unique places we recommend for your trip. In this way, you can cross the distances between Sarımsaklı, Cunda and Ayvalık in the most comfortable way and enjoy the pleasure of driving in the perfect nature of Kaz Mountains.

Places to See in Ayvalık

Places to See in Ayvalık

Ayvalık is one of the locations with rich cuisine, unique nature, home to many civilizations from the past, and bearing the traces of various civilizations in every corner. Therefore, it can be easily said that there are many places to see and many activities to experience in Ayvalık.

If you happen to be in Ayvalık, you should not leave this land of dreams without swimming in the long beaches of Sarımsaklı, watching the magnificent sea from the symbolic spots of Cunda, and watching the sunset at ŞeytanSofrası (Devil's Dinner Table).

There is a stone ruin in ŞeytanSofrası, which is rumored to be the footprint of the devil. But it is also a wonderful view where you can see all the islands from above... There is also a restaurant at the top where you can rest, drink tea, have something to eat.

Cunda is also a place where you should spare time. This charming settlement, famous for its narrow streets, stone houses, taverns, night entertainments and coffee, has a beauty that will be remembered by everyone. It is a contrasting treasure that is both undiscovered and also very famous!

On the other hand,Sarımsaklı is perfect for those who are planning a sea vacationinAyvalık. This place is especially preferred by families because of its easily accessible, long, wide beaches and clean sea. The fact that there are many affordable hotels along the beach increases the popularity of Sarımsaklı.

What to Eat in Ayvalık?

What to Eat in Ayvalık?

Gum mastic coffee and ice cream are just some of the most famous flavors of this area. It should not be forgotten that there are many flavors unique to Ayvalık, a place that is famous for its products made of gum mastic. Black mulberry juice, roasted Crete chickpeas, ink fish with beğendi, octopus salad, verjuice and of course Ayvalık toast await you at many places!

Places to Explore in Ayvalık

Places to Explore in Ayvalık

While the streets, shops and beaches of Ayvalık are the first places to be discovered by many people, churches and mosques are also very important for those interested in history. Saatli Mosque, which was built as the Agia Anna Church in the 1850s, and Taksiyarhis Church, which was used to warn the public by removing its bell during World War II, is among the historical destinations you should see. It was discovered that this bell, which was removed from the church, was the biggest church bell in the world. Today the bell is exhibited in the Bergama Museum in Berlin.

There is also a flea market in Ayvalık where you can find various jewelry and souvenirs. Ayvalık Flea Market, which you will see when you walk from the seashore towards the bazaar, is an attraction for those who are especially interested in second hand products and handmade goods.

What to Buy from Ayvalık?

What to Buy from Ayvalık?

As in the whole Aegean, you can also buy the highest quality and natural olives and olive oils with the most affordable prices in Ayvalık. Since another famous product of these regions is gum mastic, coffee packages with gum mastic are sold in many places. On your way back from Ayvalık, you can take packs of coffee for your loved ones as a gift.