Day 5 & 6: Canakkale – Ayvalik

Canakkale and Ayvalik

We stayed one night at Canakkale and visited ancient Troy the next day. Canakkale was a long way from Bursa, the distance was about 275 km. We took our time on the road, stopping for sights and coffee break. It took us about 4.5 hour to reach Canakkale.

Our stay “The City Residence Butik Otel” was close to the coast/beach so and it was an enjoyable strolling exploration down the coastal promenade in the afternoon and evening.

We visited ancient Troy the next day and learnt a bit of history of authentic Troy from the museum visit. Then we moved on to Ayvalik, one of the most famous/scenic Aegean coastal towns of Turkey!

Driving route to Canakkale and Ayvalik

Driving route to Canakkale and Ayvalik

Driving to Canakkale

As we drove further and further away from Istanbul we thought the condition of the highway would deteriorate. To our surprise the highways were big, fast and very maintained! It was great that there were nice scenery around as we drove and the journey was never boring.

Beautiful scenery on the way to Canakkale

Beautiful scenery on the way to Canakkale

Mid way we stopped at a highway cafe/restaurant for a coffee/tea break. The two drinks costed 23lr, so cheap!

Coffee break at a highway cafe/restaurant

Coffee break at a highway cafe/restaurant

Soon the highway hugged the coast and it was a beautiful scenic drive to Canakkale.

Lovely drive to Canakkale

Lovely drive to Canakkale

Canakkale

Canakkale was a surprising vibrant coastal town. There was a festival going on in the town with many performances just by the promenade.

Local dancing performance in Canakkale

Local dancing performance in Canakkale

There was a majestic Trojan Horse statue of about 12 meters standing proudly at the promenade. Apparently the horse statue was built for the famous movie “Troy” and was later given to Turkey and placed at the promenade (city center) of Canakkale. Canakkale was the nearest big town from Troy (Troja) which was about 30 km southward.

Trojan Horse Statue

Trojan Horse Statue

This horse statue looked very unique. It was not the typical simple wooden horse with a “docile” look. This ebony horse looked “menacing”. It looked strong, majestic, full of magical aura!

Walking down Canakkale coastal Promenade

The promenade was vibrant. It was a Sunday so the locals were out in full force. We were the only few “foreign faces” around. There were many cafes/restaurants,/eateries along the promenade. We stopped at Helle’s cafe and went in for our second coffee break of the day. This time we had icecream too. Icecream was 20tl for two cones and cafe latte was 62tl.

Coffee Break by the beach

Coffee Break by the beach

We strolled down to the jetty where was saw a car ferry. We could take a car ferry to the another city, Kilitabahir, just across the water to explore Kilitabahir Castle but we decided not to as Canakkale seemed interesting enough.

Canakkale

Canakkale

We did managed to catch a glimpse of Kilitabahir Castle on the opposite shore from Canakkale.

Kilitabahir Castle

Kilitabahir Castle

We bought strawberry from one of the stalls and it cost only 25tl  (SGD$1.20) per half Kg! Oh my god! We would have to pay 10 times that price for strawberry in Singapore! We would love to buy more but held back because we could not consume that many strawberry in two days, before the strawberry degraded.

Sunset at Canakkale

Sunset at Canakkale

We had dinner at a “crowded” fish restaurant, Iskelet Balik. We both had fish and salad and the total bill was 318tl for two. Dinner was nice and the fish were fresh.

Dinner at Canakkale

Dinner at Canakkale

After dinner we went back to view the Trojan Horse in the night light. The horse looked even more evil in the evening light!

Trojan Horse Statue at Canakkale

Trojan Horse Statue at Canakkale

Stay in Canakkale

Our stay at Canakkale was “The City Residence Butik Otel“. We chose it because it was an apartment with washing machine (time to do laundry), it was also at a short walking distance to the promenade and a secured parking (30m) was available nearby for 100tl a night.

The City Residence Butik Otel

The City Residence Butik Otel

The studio apartment was clean. Deco was too pinkish for our liking. Overall it was pretty spacious and nice. Upon checking in we washed our clothes and took a rest. Once the clothes were done we hanged them to dry by the window before leaving our apartment to explore town. When we returned in the evening all our clothes were dried!

The cost of one night stay at this otel was Eur55 with no breakfast.

Studio apartment at The City Residence Butik Otel

Studio apartment at The City Residence Butik Otel

Other Accommodation in Canakkale

Ancient Troy

From Canakkale was an 30 km drive to Ancient Troy. The ruins and the museum were close to each other. We did not bother to visit the ruins as it was just a board walk over fallen mud brick walls with nothing interesting to see.

Troia Museum looked pretty modern and impressive. The entrance fee was 200tl per person and another 60tl for an audio device.

Troia Museum

Troia Museum

At the entrance of museum gate was a wooden Trojan Horse statue that was undergoing maintenance. This was a smaller horse statue compared to the one at Canakkake. It was a simple horse nothing impressive, definitely not the one that we read about in “Helen of Troy” story. We were still wondering if the story was even real.

Troia Museum

Troia Museum

Walking through the three levels museum we saw artifacts after artitacts. We read about the history of Troia, the migration of people and their many generations of ancestors that lived in this area and its surrounding.

Helen of Troy was not mentioned (or did we missed the information?). We supposed Troy existed as Troia in ancient world, but the existence of the love story concerning Helen of Troy seemed dubious. What about the Trojan Horse battle?

Artifacts in Troy Museum

Artifacts in Troy Museum

Midway to Ayvalik

The highway to Ayvalik was nice and wide. Midway we turned out to stop at Akcay, a coastal town. We did not know what to expect but were impressed with its promenade by the coast. Ackay coastal promenade was lovelier than Canakkale. It was Monday so the place was not busy. It was all sushine and breezy.

Ackay coastal promenade

Ackay coastal promenade

We found a place to sit down for coffee break and watch the people go by. We ordered our usual cafe latte and tea. We saw a guy selling waffle and icecream and had a hard time requesting him to serve our icecream on top of the waffle (language barrier). He finally did, unfortunately the waffle was too stiff and the chocolate topping was too sweet.

Coffee break at Akcay, a seaside town

Coffee break at Akcay, a seaside town

Ayvalik

Once we reached Ayvalik we drove straight to our hotel which was in the center of the old town. We had booked Orchis Otel & Restoran for the night. We chose the hotel because it was right in the old town and there was a paid public parking 50 meters from the hotel.

The rest of the day was spent roaming this  quaint seaside town.

Jetty front of Ayvalik

Jetty front of Ayvalik

Ayvalik was indeed a pretty coastal town. It was definitely prettier than Canakkale or Akcay because it had more preserved old buildings with interesting quaint characters. It was captivating to walk along the clean cobbled stone lanes traversing the labyrinth of little streets lined with shops, houses, cafes, restaurant, boutique hotels

Cobbled street of Ayvalik Old town

Cobbled street of Ayvalik Old town

We had our dinner in the restaurant of our stay. It was an opened air restaurant by the street at the side of the hotel. The restaurant was decorated so charmingly with colorful lanterns! It place felt so romantic and we had a lovely dinner.

Dinner at Ayvalik

Dinner at Ayvalik

Our dinner consisted of salad, chicken, fish and tea and the bill came up to 465tl which surprising was more expensive than our meals in Istanbul. The meal was nice and the service and ambience were super.

Our stay at Ayvalik

Orchis Hotel was a hotel in an old building in the central of the old town. We booked it because it looked quaint and lovely, it was a short distance to the jetty and there was a public parking very nearby.

We were pleasantly surprise that the internal of the hotel looked rather modern.

Our deluxe double room (which could sleep 3 person) was rather tight. The cost of one night with breakfast was Eur75.

Our Deluxe Double Room

Our Deluxe Double Room

The next day we had breakfast in the hotel dinning room on the ground level. Breakfast was okay, very Turkish. By now we were getting tired of typical turkish breakfast. Too much cheese and dough.

Breakfast at Orchis Hotel

Breakfast at Orchis Hotel

Other Accomodations in Ayvalik

 

 

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