Balıkesir city 831 km (516 mile) to Cappadocia and 389 km (241 mile) away from Istanbul. An ever fascinating site to visit is the province of Balikesir with its pretty little towns of wide natural beauties. The beaches extending for kilometers on both the Aegean and Marmara coasts, the dazzling waters of deep blue, and rich greenery gently covering the land, attract anyone who would like to have a wonderful time in the midst of wonderful scenery.

Having housed many civilizations throughout its long past, the province is a rich center of historical remains bringing the oldest times of humanity to light. The attractive Yildirim and Zagnos Pasa Mosques in the city center are examples of the monuments of earlier periods besides the interesting clock tower, while the towns nearby also hold ruins from the ages, standing in a beautiful natural scenery. The Gulf of Edremit, Iying on the Aegean, is one of these lovely sites, with a broad choice of beaches and seaside resorts overlooking the clear sea. Edremit and Altinoluk-which Is an oxygen heaven- ranks second in the world for a high oxygen density, are the towns that stud this wonderful area, together with Oren, where green pine forests meet the sandy shores of fine holiday resorts. In one part of this beautiful village you may see Roman and Byzantine ruins, while in the other you can find the most fresh and delicious seafood of the district, offered by good restaurants.

In this place called the “Olive Riviera”, Ayvalik is reached by following the olive groves. This town is also a picturesque spot with its fine beaches facing a collection of 25 small lovely islands. An attraction in the town is the Taksiyarkis Church. Its great architecture, and marble carvings are worth seeing. Nearby is the “Seytan Sofrasi” (The Devil’s Banquet) which offers one of the most perfect panoramic sunsets in the world. The site also affords a marvelous view of the Sarmisakli peninsula, famous for its beaches, and the little island of Cunda (Alibey) .

Gonen, 30 kms from Bandirma, is another excellent relaxation center, possessing therapeutic thermal springs. The health and cure establishments here, have been used by people suffering from various illnesses since the earliest times.

Located at the foot of Kazdagi, is Akcay, another popular spa-center with its spring waters that effect cures. Besides the health-related opportunities, this town offers a beautiful natural scenery, fitting its legendary fame. According to mythology, the world’s first beauty contest was held here, on Mount Ida, and Aphrodite was chosen the queen from the three beautiful goddesses.

Lying off the coast from this province are the pretty islands, Marmara and Avsa. Famed for their wine and fish, these sites offer wonderful shorelines. Marmara island is full of historical treasures which increase its attractiveness. Here is the “Mermer Plaj” (Marble Beach) which takes its name from the marbles for which the town is famous.

Erdek, on the coast of Marmara Sea, is a nice touristic center, situated on the beautiful Kapidag peninsula. Olive trees, vineyards and fruit gardens are features of this land which is surrounded by the clearest waters of the region. The Hadrian’s Temple at Kyzikos is here, alongside many other historical remains that adorn the area.

Of particular interest is the Manyas National Park near Bandirma which is the “Bird Paradise”, sheltering 239 species of birds. It is a restful and lovely place for bird watchers, just as the whole city is for nature-lovers.

Balıkesir has few good hotels.They are; Hotel Basri, Asya Hotel, Elit Asya Hotel, Hotel La Bella Soma, Sindirgi Obam Thermal resort etc.

There are many cheap cafes around the bus and train stations. Also has some good restaurants to. Tarlakusu Gurmeko, this artsy coffee house is very urbane for Ayvalik (the owners hail from İzmir) and the brew is top notch. Lounge on soft armchairs, browse the painting exhibits or purchase from the larder. Nibbles include cookies, brownies, soup, salads, cheese plates and börek. Papalina Restaurant, For a table on the seafront without paying a premium, head for the cheerful and popular Papalina on Alibey Island, with its chequered tablecloths and lovely position right next to the fishing boats. Try the Papalina balik, a fish speciality of Ayvalik.

Districts of Balikesir Province

Erdek

Bandirma

Manyas

Gonen

Susurluk

Edremit

Ayvalik

Dursunbey

Bigadic

Burhaniye

Sindirgi

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