Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Türkiye. The town centre is connected to Cunda Island by a causeway and is surrounded by the archipelago of Ayvalık Islands, which face the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.
On first glance, Ayvalık may seem unremarkable, a port town similar to many others in this region. But wander a few streets back from the waterfront and you’ll discover an old Greek village in spirited abandon.
Colourful shuttered doors conceal boutique hotels in restored stone houses, mosques converted from Greek Orthodox churches welcome the faithful to prayer and historic cafes full of locals line hidden squares. Put simply, it’s got Aegean ambience in spades.
Mick and Trudie went along to take a look at what makes Ayvalık a hidden gem!
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