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Located at a wonderful geographical area with a cultural background of thousands of years, Balikesir has many beauties to share with you.

Rich in ancient cities, Balıkesir is currently the site of a variety of excavation works going on at the antique cities of Cyzicus, Deasklaion, Saraylar and Antandrus. An episcopal center during the Christian period, the ancient city of Antandrus is of particular importance for its coins and inscriptions found on site.

Displaying the artifacts of the province and shedding light on different epochs, the Bandırma Archaeological Museum and the Kuva-yi  Milliye (National Forces) Museum are among the must-see attractions of the area.

Numerous cultures and beliefs coexist in the province well known for its variety of religious structures.  Zagnos Pasha, Yildirim, Alaca Mescit, Kasaplar and many other mosques in addition to Ayazma Church are among the prime examples of religious monuments.

Especially the districts of Balıkesir draw attention for their scenic beauty.  Serene and clear blue bays are waiting for you at the numerous holiday resorts along the Aegean coast of the province.

Ayvalik, is one of Turkey’s most beautiful vacation spots. Famous for its historical landmarks such as the historical houses and stone houses, and locations like Cunda Island, Patricia coves, Şeytan Sofrasi (Devil’s Banquet), Sarımsaklı Beach, and delicious fish restaurants, Ayvalik will take its place on your list of unforgettable holiday destinations.

Located in the district of Edremit and blessed with lovely beaches, lush green forests and canyons, the summer resorts of Akçay, Altınoluk and Güre offer visitors the opportunity to spend a relaxing holiday.

Bandırma is a quite charming district with little towns such as Hisarköy and Bigadiç. Burhaniye, Ören is another scenic holiday resort with lovely beaches and a nice wharf.

Counties such as Dursunbey, Gömeç, Erdek and Marmara Island are further unspoiled locations where the green meets the blue.

Located in the northern part of the Gulf of Edremit in Balıkesir province, Kaz Mountains (Mount Ida)is an amazing national park beset with lush green forests. The area is of great significance due to its abundant flora and fauna and is also mentioned in many legends.

Kuscenneti National Park is one of the areas where you can observe the natural habitat and witness the migration of the birds both in autumn and spring. 

Blended with Aegean flavors the traditional cuisine of Balıkesir will delight your palate. Well-known for its olives and olive oil, the region has also made a name for its meat and dairy products. Kazdağı soup, fried zucchini flowers, cookies and sweets made of curd, clotted cream pancakes and höşmerim are among the specialties that will delight your taste buds.

Balıkesir fulfills the wishes of vacationers who want to spent a relaxing holiday and enjoy the silence of lush green and pristine bays.

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