Discover Balikesir, home of Marmara Island
Marmara Island is a Turkish island on the Sea of Marmara, also the second largest island of Turkey. The island is one of the most important holiday areas of the summer tourism for local tourists, located within the borders of Balikesir province.
Marmara Island is bigger, with fewer beaches and greener than the Avsa Island, also second largest island of Turkey. Marmara Island has motels, pensions and restaurants for visitors to stay.
The island is one of just a few places where you can comfortably swim in the Sea of Marmara. Olive orchards, vines in places close to the shore, redwoods in higher elevations and scrub shrubs in the south distinguish Marmara Island from other islands nearby.
With more than half its surface area covered with forestland, the Marmara Island has many beautiful beaches including Aba, Kole, Manastir and Mestanaga coves. Famous with its century old plane trees, the Cinarli Village has a coastline with fine sandy beaches and a clean sea. Kayaburnu Cove located slightly past the village, is a favourite place for those who want a quiet place for swimming.
Historical Places: In this island, which was formerly inhabited by Greeks, there are 36 churches and monasteries. Some of these are in a very bad state today.
Saray Village has been famous for marble extraction and statue sculpting since very ancient times. Many unfinished statues or statues that were damaged during sculpting have been collected in the Marble Working Open Air Museum.
Villages: There are five villages on the island. Cinarli is the only village on the western part of the island, famous for its centuries old plane trees, while the village of Saraylar is famous for its marble.
Trekking: The former Nato Road, between the main town and Saraylar, provides a good trekking itinerary as it traverses the 709 m high Radar Hill. If you prefer using paths rather than this road that is open to car traffic, you can reach the summit in two and a half hours, with a energetic walk.
You can reach this island, which is at a distance of 35 km from Erdek and 150 km from Istanbul, by ship or fast ferry from Istanbul, or by boat from Erdek and Tekirdag.
Marmara Island, Balikesir
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