Ayvalik Tourism

Ayvalik is a coastal city situated on the Aegean coast in Turkey. Once an important trade centre, the town is now known for the remains of its rich Greek heritage and a fair blend of Greek and Cretan cultures which allows Ayvalik to be on the itineraries of travellers. The city also boasts of being one of the most significant olive oil producing and exporting places in Europe.

The city was first inhabited in the pre-historic ages. But it gained importance after the Byzantine period when it became a part of the Ottoman Empire. A lot of Greek settlers were seen during this period. After the fall of the Ottomans, Greeks and Turks moved to Greece and Turkey respectively. Their culture, however, remained back- giving the city its characteristic cultural ambience.

Though extremely beautiful, the city is not very particular on tourism except for the considerable increase in the flow of tourists during summer. The city has two magnificent beaches with palm trees lined up across the shores. The city is also known for its olive groves rapidly spread in and around the Ayvalik.

Ayvalik is known for its splendid architecture and sightseeing structures which most of the time follows the traditional Ottoman, Greek or Cretan cultures. The city has a number of Greek churches that were later renovated into Turkish mosques or museums that attract tourists.

This ancient town, which is now a member of Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions due to its architectural and cultural heritage, gives you a unique visiting experience with its everyday culture reflected on the streets. So, add Ayvalik to your vacation planner if you want a holiday unique in itself.

Essential travel information and Ayvalik tips for your visit

  • If you plan your trip around summer, do carry a sunblock with you.
  • Pack your beachwear if you intend to do some swimming or sunbathing in the beautiful beaches of Ayvalik.
  • Know the pollution level of Ayvalik before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Ayvalik for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ayvalik.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 87.5 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 80.88 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 95.44 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 25 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.5 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ayvalik

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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