Ayvacık is indeed surrounded by a seemingly endless forest. Olive oil production has been important in all ages as it has been revered by residents and is still thriving with lots of shops selling the end product. The town has managed to conserve its traditional architecture. Houses especially in Adatepe and Yeşilyurt villages, many of which are beautiful examples of neo-classical architecture, should be carefully examined for the art of wood and stone. Local cuisine heavily features seafood and wild herbs, served cooked or raw, usually dressed with olive oil. Well-skilled villagers weave carpets from naturally dyed wool using regionly based original designs.
The Ancient Greek City of Assos is crowned by an impressive temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena. The history of the city dates back to 600 BC.
Küçükkuyu leans against the Mount Ida and is full of ruins of antiquity. According to legend, Zeus watched the battle of Troy from an altar near Küçükkuyu. Nusratlı Village is one of the villages announced as an organic agriculture area. Olive farming and ecotourism are the main income of the village.
Gülpınar is a small resort town known for its scenic beauty. The town is a good stop off point on-the-road when travelling by car. The extensive remains of the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo Smintheus can be seen on the northern outskirts of Gülpınar. The mouse god Apollo Smintheus is the Sminthean cult of Apollo, but it is less clear what his original mouse-smintheus association was.
The small fishing village of Babakale is the westernmost settlement on the mainland of Turkey. The construction of the Babakale Fortress ordered by Sultan Ahmet III was completed in 1723 and is the last built fortress of Ottoman Empire.
Population: According to the 2013 census, the population of Ayvacik is 30.735.
How to get there:
Approx. distance from Çanakkale to Ayvacık by road is 47 miles or 74 km.
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