Best Things To Do in Ayvalik, Turkey

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PLACES TO SEE

  • Alibey Island (Cunda): A small island connected to the main town of Ayvalik through bridge. Put this place on your itinerary planners while visiting Ayvalik.
  • Old Ayvalik Houses: Prototypical neo-classical architecture is reflected in these houses. It is located in the Alibey Island.
  • Saatli Camii: Literally translated into mosque with clocks, Saatli Camii is a Greek church named Agios Iannis turned into a mosque after 1928. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Ayvalik.
  • Cinarli Camii: A neo-classical style church converted into a mosque.
  • Camlik: A southern suburb with neo-classical mansions.
  • Devil’s Table: A hilltop near Camlik overlooking the coves and beaches below. It has an exceptional view of the sunset in the whole town. It is one of the most fascinating places to see in the Ayvalik region.
  • Sarimsakli Beach: A south side beach with a number of cafes and restaurants.

GUIDED TOURS

  • Ida Dalis Merkezi (AyvalIk Limani Teknosa Karsisi, Ayvalik 10400, Turkey): A diving centre with safety experts and guides. 
  • Korfez Diving (Ataturk Bulv. Ozaral Pasaji No:61 | Ayvalik Merkez, Ayvalik, Turkey): Scuba Diving in Cunda/Ayvalik is one of the fun activities to do while in Ayvalik. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Ayvalik and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Ayvalik getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Ayvalik with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Ayvalik

Here is the list of things to do in Ayvalik and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Devil's Table

    View Point, Hill

    Near the suburb of Camlik, on top of a small hill, is the best viewpoint in Ayvalik. There, you’ll find a rock with a curious footprint called the Devil’s Feast. Apparently the Devil left it in the rock when he jumped over to Lesbos. From the top, you have wonderful panoramic sites of the pine forests, seas, islands and the city. There is no better place in Ayvalik to spend your sun...Read more
  2. Badavut Beach

    Beach, Cafe, Restaurant, Leisure

    About 5km south of Ayvalik, this clean and un-crowded beach caters mostly to the Turkish locals rather than American and European tourists. So don’t be surprised if you see people heading into the water fully dressed. There are a number of cafes around if you feel like a bite. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas from these restaurants. It’s probably the nicest beach in Ayvalik in whi...Read more
  3. Taksiyarhis Kilisesi

    4.7 (439 Votes)
    Taksiyarhis Kilisesi

    Church, Religious Site, Garden, Tower

    This magnificent Orthodox Church built in 1873, is one of the most visited sites in Ayvalik. The highlights are: The thirty metre high bell tower The Corinthian capitals Gardens and courtyards Iron doors and windows The various icons The many frescoes Though the church looks somewhat dilapidated, what you see is actually the result of intense restoration work.
  4. Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi

    Church, Museum

    This children’s toy museum is an unexpected surprise to most who visit Ayvalik. The toys are exhibited in prettily lit glass cases. The museum is hosted inside the charming Taksiyarhis Church. Most of toys consist of vehicles, steam boats and dolls.
  5. Ida Dalis Merkezi

    4.9 (393 Votes)
    Ida Dalis Merkezi

    Water Body, Scuba, Snorkeling

    This popular diving and snorkelling outfit is excellent for families. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. On the trip, they may even serve up some cocktails. The underwater world of the sea around Ayvalik is magical, and you get to see some fantastic red coral and rays. They even provide dives for the disabled.
  6. Saatli Cami

    Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture

    The name of this mosque roughly translates into ‘Hours Mosque’. The reference to time comes from the clock on the minaret. Originally though, the mosque was a church; the conversion happened in 1928. The mosque, which was completed in 1870, has a simple and elegant architecture.
  7. Ayvalik Flea Market

    4.4 (136 Votes)
    Ayvalik Flea Market

    Flea Market

    This second hand weekend market is highly popular with the locals. People may come from miles around to pick up a horde of goods from here. This can range from household good, jewellery, decoratives, clothes, oils, toys.
  8. Sarimsakli Plaj

    Beach, Restaurant

    This simple beach is about 8km directly south of Ayvalik. It is long and wide, and has many seafood restaurants along its length. There are also casinos. Thanks to its size, you can usually find some uncrowded spot.
  9. Ayvalik Old Town

    Church, Religious Site, Beach, Architecture

    Central Ayvalik has a lovely Ottoman and Greek charm. The narrow streets and pastel colored corbelled houses are always teeming with local life, whether children or adults going about their business. The architecture is usually neo-classical. Two of the main attractions nearby are the Sarmisakli beach and the Taksiyarhis Church. See if you can get your hands on “A Walking Tour of Ayvalik&...Read more
  10. Cinarli Camii

    Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Mosque, Religious Site

    Like the Saatli Mosque, this too was a church before it was converted into a mosque (the conversion happened in 1923). It was completed in 1790. The highlights are: Corinthian arches Gallery and altar The gilded and marble iconostasis The sycamore trees around the mosque. The 38 metre high minarets.
  11. Etap Altinel Hotel

    2.1 (66 Votes)
  12. Neo Soley Hotel

    3.6 (65 Votes)
  13. Lal Cretan Cuisine

    4.2 (1 Vote)
    Namık Kemal Mahallesi, Ayvalık Cd. No:20, 10405 Ayvalık/Balıkesir, Turkey
  14. Stone Coffee

    4.1 (1 Vote)
    Alibey Adası, Sahil Boyu No:20, 10405 Cunda/ayvalık/Ayvalık/Balıkesir, Turkey
  15. Vino Sarap Evi

    4.5 (1 Vote)
    No:, Mithatpaşa Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Cd. No:8, 10405 Ayvalık/Balıkesir, Turkey