Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Cappadocia Baloon   Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

EDIRNE Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 27.06.2011 List Reference: 1366 Criteria : Cultural A Master work of Classical Ottoman Architecture Edirne was the capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the Click More »

Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »



One of the most beautiful holiday resorts of the Marmara region, Ayvalık attracts the attention particularly for its closeness to major cities such as Istanbul and Izmir.

Famous for its scenic beauty Ayvalık is also well known for its delicious cuisine. Comprised of a great variety of dishes prepared with ingredients such as olives, olive oil, organic herbs, vegetables and seafood the local cuisine will please your palate.

The resort, where you can enjoy the sea, nature, history and local cuisine, offers a variety of romantic and tranquil locations.

The site of tourist attractions such as Cunda Island and Şeytan Sofrası (Devils Banquet), offering terrific views of a colorful nature, this lovely holiday resort welcomes tourists through the entire year.

You will not regret spending your next holiday in this lovely seaside town located at the crossroads of the Marmara and Aegean Region.


A district of Balıkesir province at the midpoint of Istanbul and Izmir, Ayvalık is the perfect holiday destination for tourists looking for a relaxing holiday in the bosom of nature.
Ayvalık is in the vicinity of Balıkesir and the drive from the city center to Ayvalık takes less than two hours.  You will arrive directly downtown the busiest area of Ayvalık. Here, you will find everything you are looking for be it boutique hotels, little shops or cafes.
You will understand what makes this place unique when you take a stroll through the narrow backstreets of the town and explore the historical houses and monuments.
Sarımsaklı Beach, among Turkey’s blue flagged beaches, is located a little further away from the town center.                Besides a long sandy beach and clear blue sea, Sarımsaklı offers also accommodation facilities viewing the infinite blue sea.
Located at the end of a steep road leading through pine tree forests, Şeytan Sofrası Hill welcomes its guests with a magnificent view of the whole terrain which becomes particularly spectacular during sunrise and sunset. One can take wonderful pictures of the location while taking a rest and some refreshments at any of the service areas.
Among the many small islands located in the area, Cunda Island is perhaps the most popular one. We recommend you not to leave the island before sightseeing its historical streets and trying the fresh seafood and the local ice cream and coffee. The quaint and narrow streets bestow the island a historic flair, and it is a pleasure to stroll in the area shopping for souvenirs and organic products.
Ayvalık which grows the best olives and produces the most delicious olive oil will also please your palate with its delicious cuisine.
The region abounds in historical monuments and churches indicating that the area was inhabited by a large Greek population in the past.  The Taksiyarhis, Aya  Athanasiu, Ayazma churches in Ayvalık, and the Agia Triyada Church and Despot’s  House on Cunda island are among the main attractions that must be seen.
You may enroll in one of the many diving schools in the area or join a boat tour and enjoy the clear blue sea.  Indeed, boat tours are among the popular activities as the region is abundant in bays that can be visited by boat.
Especially, the Patricia coves are referred to as hidden corners of paradise. Near to Ayvalık, and kept like a treasure behind hidden corners, these precious islands are the perfect location where one can enjoy the silence, swim in the tranquil sea and watch the argentine fish jumping in the sea.
Do not miss the opportunity to explore this magnificently unique region and just book your next holiday in Ayvalık.


Popular for its scenic beauty and abundant nature Ayvalik welcomes visitors for its festivals too.
Held in September every year, The Ayvalık Culture and Art Days welcome notable scholars, writers and artists. Many exhibitions, lectures and concerts are organized during the festival.
The International Ayvalik Music Festival, which hosts a great number of renowned musicians, is held in July every year.
These festivals are not to be missed for visitors who are looking for entertainment in addition to a scenic holiday.

How can I get there?

Located in the Marmara region the transportation to Ayvalik is rather fast and convenient. Situated in two hours distance to the city center of Balikesir, the journey to Ayvalik is quite enjoyable as the road offers scenic views.
The nearest airports to Balikesir province are located in Istanbul and Izmir. Balıkesir province lies at the midpoint of Istanbul and Izmir, and it takes only a few hours’ drive to get to Ayvalık either by car or by bus.
The province has a rather convenient intraregional transportation system. It is possible to travel safely via minibus, taxi or bicycle to any destination within the region.
If you think it’s time to give a break, just book your vacation and begin to enjoy your next holiday in Ayvalik.