Fruit of Turkey – eminent gardens of a quince in Ayvalyka
Ayvalyk (AYVALIK) who is in 56 km to the South from Edremita, gets every year everything huge popularity at Turks and foreigners. Especially involve visitors its paved small streets with bright old Greek houses. Unlike the southern resorts where tourism and rest in Turkey are regarded as of paramount importance, the fishing fleet, traditional crafts and the market here has still remained, and tourism plays while only a supporting role though in Ayvalyka there are also good sand beaches of Turkey. Near such beach is on adjoining, not so long since open resort in Sarimsakli (Sarimsakli). Other beach which was more remote and not such sand, settles down on the peninsula Alibey (Alibey). It is simple to reach both beaches from the city so smart beach rest can be found in Turkey and here. From Ayvalyk the remarkable minor road to Bergama and as it settles down directly opposite to the Greek island of Lesbos conducts, they are connected by invariable ferry communication. Ayvalyk has appeared three-four centuries ago as the settlement of Ottoman Greeks of Kidonaye. Both Turkish, and Greek names of the city have a direct bearing on gardens of a quince, firm as the stone, pear-shaped fruit which grows here everywhere, but for some reason is not so often used in a local cuisine. And therefore fruit of Turkey here is presented by more ordinary for this southern country fruits. At the end of the XVIII century the city Dzhezayirli Hasan pasha that 20 years ago, after a crushing defeat from Russian fleet, it, then just the captain of the Ottoman military ship, has been rescued from captivity by local Greek fishermen has received special privileges from the Grand Visier. Ayvalyk grew and was transformed to the most succeeding and beautiful city of the Aegean Sea after Izmir. There was an academy, publishing house and about 20 orthodox churches, many of which have remained still. Change of the population has occurred after Greek-Turkish war of 1920-1922 when orthodox Greeks have been expelled from the city, and their churches has turned into mosques. On a twist of fate, the most part of new settlers which have arrived here after 1923, were Muslims speaking in Greek from Crete and Lesbos so and now here many know Greek.
The markets, crafts and fruit of Turkey in Ayvalyka
Ayvalyk, actually completely remained Ottoman Greek trading city, represents unique on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea a show. Even despite some commercialisation, its real nature actually has not exchanged. Brightly painted vehicles harnessed by horses slide on the market on paved roadways by the boys trading on early day in fresh bread and rolls. In the market local crafts still prosper, and behind shaky counters shoemakers, watch-makers, mednik and tinmen are engaged in the affairs. Ayvalyk is also known for the remarkable yoghurts, cheeses and tselnozernovy bread кепекли. The market day has considered Thursday when city streets are filled with the products brought from all blizkoraspolozhenny villages. Near the terminal of ferries Alibey works for the peninsula the fish market where local fishermen deliver every morning the fresh catch. On the main city street Inyonya (Inonii Cadde-si) have settled down numerous заводики where prepare sharp and salty olives, olive oil and the rough green soap welded on its base. You will find the cheapest hotels of Turkey also here. And in an interlacing of back small streets the churches of the XIX century turned into mosques have got lost. Directly on them here are guided, and there is no sense to ask, as where to pass: each minaret is the card of own area. Dare to wander with pleasure under windows with metal lattices and by the doors decorated with an intricate carving. The most remarkable local church, Ayios Ioannis, is at present renamed into honour of the hour tower in Saatla Dzhami (Saatli Camii). On a hill to the North from it there is Taksiyarkhis Kilisesi (Taksiyarhis Kikisesi) which never was a mosque, but is for many years closed waiting for repair, eventually, to turn into a museum. To the southeast from Saatla Dzhami there is the former church of Ayios Yioryios which at present has received a name of Chinarla Dzhami (Cinarli Cami) that is magnificent, because in полудюжине trees which decorate its courtyard, is not present the 1st plane tree (in Turkish a plane tree), but fruit trees grow and give to tourists remarkable fruit of Turkey absolutely gratuitously.
Ayvalyk specifies ordinary restaurants of Turkey with good snack and wine
Pubs and Ayvalyk’s snackbars are not so various, as his hotels and boards, but here it is possible to find ordinary restaurants of Turkey with good snack and cheap and sweet wine. On the coast and in the southern part Gyumryuk Meydana is institutions with Turkish fast food, pita to salon, lokant and pair of more expensive fish restaurants where the municipal cuisine of Turkey is perfectly presented. To the East from the market on Sef Street there are some bakeries where sell remarkable impregnated helvy a batch in the afternoon. In squeezed between hotels Gyumryuk Meydana Ilyada Bar and nearby Kytaro Club it is possible to drink and listen to music records in the evening. Both institutions offer comfortable little tables overlooking the sea and are ideal to look, how the last beams of the coming sun disappear in water. Before Sarimsakli there is a turn on the right, conducting on located to the southwest from Ayvalyk the three-kilometre peninsula at the very end of which there is Sheytan Sofrasi (Seytan Sofrasi) («A dining table of the shaitan»). The rocky coast lies directly in the centre of numerous islands of a volcanic origin which, by the way, treat both Alibey, and located Lesbos a little is farther. Here it is necessary to arrive to a clear weather when it is possible to consider perfectly stretching for km hundred parts the sea, and at the same time to find the beaches which have hidden below where it will be possible to reach later on the individual transport. Rest in Turkey in the autumn, in particular in September is the best time to visit local places. On the northern region of the peninsula in mountains there is a tiny deepening which consider as a print of a foot of the Demon and where throw means fortunately. Locals adhere here to bushes rags of a fabric which testify to any promise given to the Satan or God. In the summer the last bus leaves on Sheytan Sofrasi at seven o’clock in the evening and comes back before a decline. Its final stop is about Ayvalyk’s head post office. If you wish to admire a sunset, go down from top to down where, most likely, you will be not lonely.
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