Erdek – Balıkesir – Turkey
Tavşan Adası Lighthouse
GPS : 40°22’35.8″N 27°47’15.8″E / 40.376603, 27.787717
Focal Plane : 55 m, Tower Height : 6 m
Character : W. FI. 10.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0+9.0
Visibility Range : 12 nautical miles
GPS : 40°23’35.8″N 27°47’21.1″E / 40.393281, 27.789183
VHF Channel : 16
Sign Call : ” erdek marina ”
GPS : 40°23’39.3″N 27°47’15.3″E / 40.394238, 27.787597
Erdek is a town and district of Balıkesir Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. Located on the north coast of Gulf of Erdek at the south of the Sea of Marmara, Erdek is known as a holiday destination that is popular among domestic tourists. The area has a rugged geology and topography and evergreen wooded areas. There are also large olive groves. Erdek is a resort town on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, in Southern Marmara Region.
Erdek is close to Bandırma, so one of the easiest ways to get to Erdek from Istanbul is to take one of the fast ferries operating between Istanbul and Bandırma, and then to catch a minibus to Erdek (which takes 20 minutes to get to from Bandırma).
Erdek Harbour is located in the East corner of the Gulf of Erdek on the Southern shore of the Sea of Marmara, opposite Marmara Island. It is an attractive city with shady cobbled streets. Kapıdağı protrudes from the southern shore of the Marmara Sea. On its southwest coast lies the small resort town of Erdek, with Kapıdağı mountain rising majestically behind and protecting the town from the cold north winds.
The coastal hills are covered with the silvery green foliage of olive groves set against the ever changing blue of the Marmara Sea. Erdek, on the southwest corner of the Kapıdağ peninsula about 20 km – 14 mi northwest of Bandırma, not only enjoys a pleasantly equable climate but is blessed with an exceptionally attractive location as well.
Erdek is a useful port of call for a yacht cruising the southern shore of the Sea of Marmara between the Dardanelles and Istanbul. It is also a good base for a cruise to the islands of Marmara, Avsa and Pasalimani a few miles NW. Erdek Harbour is located in the East corner of the Gulf of Erdek on the Southern shore of the Sea of Marmara, opposite Marmara Adası. It is an attractive town with shady cobbled streets.
Approach and Navigation
The harbour lies a mile N of the small island of Tavsan Adası. The most conspicuous feature on the approach is the long breakwater that protects the harbour from the W and terminates just short of a low, tree-clad island. The harbour is entered from SE, leaving this island well to port as there are shallows off its SW end.
Note: With anything E in the wind, fresh to strong SE winds will be experienced across the narrow neck of the peninsula, extending from around two miles offshore up to the harbour entrance. Once inside, you are shielded from the worst of the wind. The yacht quay is at the N end of the harbour, past the ferry berth and a couple of floating restaurants.
Shelter here is excellent from the prevailing NE winds, but the harbour becomes very uncomfortable in strong S winds and in a gale from this direction would probably be untenable. Berth stern-to where directed. The holding is good in the sandy bottom and the harbour offers good shelter from the wind.
Erdek Harbour has a designated naval anchorage and a breakwater where small coasters and fishing boats moor. Lying under the SW corner of the Kapıdağ Peninsula, an oval-shaped mountainous peninsula which defines the eastern side of the gulf, its harbour offers the best shelter in this part of the Sea of Marmara. The harbour is busy with fishing boats and ferries but does have a section of quay reserved for yachts, with space for around 10-12 yachts on anchor moor. Depths on the wall to the east of the longer pier on the north side exceed 2.8 meters.
Capacity : 180 boats
Ground : Sand, Mud
Wind : The marina offers good shelter from the wind.
Breakwater : 270 m
Max. length : 9 meters
Max. depth : 4 meters
Electricity : On the quay (Type: 220V)
Marine Supplies : Hardware shops and chandlery in the town.
Fuel : The filling station opposite the ferries will deliver fuel to the quay by mini-tanker.
Water : Fresh water is available on the quay.
Net Reparing Area
Administration : Erdek Municipality
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Rental Houses, Apart Hotels
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Bakeries, Buffets
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Wi-Fi
Health : Hospital, Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Tea Gardens
Local Bazaar : Monday
Swimming : Clean sea and sandy beaches at Çuğra and Mangırcı, which have beaches 9 and 4 km long respectively.
Special Shopping : Wine, Olive, Olive Oil
The main attraction for most visitors to Erdek is the long town beach to the N of the harbour. The tree-lined waterfront of the harbour itself is also crammed with restaurants and tea rooms, which are invariably filled to capacity with local tourists. At the SE end of the harbour is a small park with some interesting marble sculptures from the ancient city of Cyzicus, once a flourishing settlement as important as Pergamum and Troy, including a lovely carved sarcophagus.
Erdek, historically known by its Greek name, Artaki, is the principal town of rugged and wooded Kapıdağ Peninsula, which is connected to the rest of the mainland by a marshy tombolo, and indeed was one of the Marmara Islands only about 2000 years ago. The town was inhabited chiefly after the abandonment of nearby Cyzicus in the early Middle Ages. Briefly, in the late 7th century, it hosted a Cypriot refugee population including the island’s archbishop, and was known as Nova Justiniana. During the Ottoman period, Erdek was the center of a kaza in the Sanjak of Karasi.
Try climbing to the top of Seyitgazi Hill to watch the moonlit gulf, or a walk along the waterfront followed by a cup of tea in one of the tea gardens. Then to bed ready for another peaceful day swimming or exploring the countryside.
Zeytin (Zeytin Adası). Zeytin is a small islet covered with pine trees 250 m off the coast of downtown Erdek. There are some marble ruins on it, including a temple. edit
Kyzikos (Cyzicus), (close to the highway between Erdek and Bandırma). Once a major city of Mysia, first built by Thessalian colonists and later expanded by Romans, ruins of Kyzikos lies just southeast of Erdek, close to the tombolo that connects the peninsula with the mainland, and indeed dates back to the time when the peninsula was still an island.
There are many restaurants just along the water front. Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MARMARA SEA
Bus : Erdek – Bandırma, Balıkesir, Bursa
Minibus : Erdek – Bandırma
Ferryboat : Erdek – Barbaros (Tekirdağ), Erdek – Avşa + Marmara + Saraylar
Fast Ferryboat : Bandırma – Yenikapı (İstanbul)
Airport : Balıkesir Körfez Airport, Balıkesir Central Airport, Bursa Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport