Avşa, Marmara – Balıkesir – Turkey
GPS : 40°30’33.1″N 27°29’40.9″E / 40.509209, 27.494681
Avşa Adası or Türkeli is a Turkish island in the southern Sea of Marmara. It was the classical and Byzantine Aphousia and was a place of exile during the Byzantine period. The island belongs to the Marmara District of Balıkesir Province in northwestern Turkey. It is a popular domestic tourist destination, especially for tourists from Istanbul.
Roughly in the shape of an hourglass, the island has two settlements: the main town, also known as Avşa, centred on the western cove and the smaller village of Araplar, officially Yiğitler, occupying the eastern cove. The island has a large range of hills running down the middle, some beautiful bays for bathing, swimming or just relaxing in and gets very hot in the summer.
Buses leave from Avşa’s main square in town and travel around the island, there are also a couple of dolmuş operators, kind of a cross between a taxi and a minibus. These follow particular routes around the island. It is possible to walk around the island but it’s a good stretch of the legs and not for the unfit. If you do walk, make sure you take water with you – some parts of the island are very rural and you won’t see another person for miles or hours.
In Avşa there’s a “Lunapark” fair. There’s also sandy beaches all around the island, some public, some private. There are a few real gems with some natural bays due to the island’s shape. It’s possible to walk over the main hills fairly easily, but make sure you take plenty of water if you do and either set off very early in the morning, or in the mid-afternoon.
The main strip in town might look at little tacky, but if you go up to the ferry port, nearby there’s a pair of fish market stalls. The guys there are more than happy to show you how they handle the fish, the fish are fresh and great cooked in a Turkish barbeque (mangal).
Heading down the strip and out you’ll come to a place called Mavikoy. Before heading up the hill there’s a restaurant with a sea view, some nice beaches and past the hill is a lookout point sometimes frequented by couples around sunrise/sunset.
Island’s local wine is well known and of variable quality. If you don’t like wine, there’s a reasonable selection of beers in the various restaurants and bars in Avsa, but you might be better off visiting the local supermarkets. It goes without saying that Turkish spirits such as Raki are freely available.
There are lots of guesthouses (pansiyon) on the island, so finding somewhere to sleep shouldn’t be a problem.
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rental Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Wine Houses
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Wi-Fi
Health : Hospital, Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Hair dresser : City center
Laundry : City center
Bank : City center
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars
Swimming : Sandy beaches
Sailing : Beyazsaray Cove, Çınar Cove, Mavi Cove, Değirmen Cove, Kumtur Cove, Manastır Cove, Kumburnu Cove, Altınkum Cove
Here watch the sunset while supping world-wide famous wine made from Ada Karası grapes that grow in Avşa vineyard having experienced all beauties of the sea and the beach. Go to entertainment places one by one, enjoy the comfort of swimming in each bay and sunbathing on every beach, taste all sea products.
They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MARMARA SEA
The distances between Avşa – İstanbul is 72 nautical miles, Avşa – Erdek is 18 nautical miles.
Seabus : Avşa – Marmara – Bostancı + Yenikapı (İstanbul), Mudanya, Tekirdağ
Ship : Avşa – Marmara – , Erdek – Sarayburnu (İstanbul)
Ferryboat : Avşa – Barbaros (Tekirdağ), Avşa – Silivri (Istanbul), Avşa – Erdek (Balıkesir)
Airport : Balıkesir Körfez Airport, Balıkesir Central Airport, Bursa Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport