Discover Balikesir and its colourful island
Cunda Island, also known as Alibey Island is a typical Aegean resort near Balikesir province. One of the most beautiful islands in Turkey, Cunda is waiting for visitors to fascinate with its spirit reflecting the common culture of Aegean.
Cunda, or Alibey is a beautiful Turkish island in the northern Aegean Sea, a place where the endless blue and eternity of the sea covers the visitors, where the calm green of pine and olive trees encircles the guests.
Surrounded by neoclassical buildings, Cunda is an unforgettable holiday resort for those looking for a peaceful holiday in nature. The back streets of the island are full of Ottoman and Greek houses, which cluster around the huge Taxiarchis Church. When you explore Cunda Island, you will feel as if you are travelling back in time for more than 100 years.
The island is also covered with olive trees. When you go to the island of Alibey to pick olives, you can be harvesting some of the best olives in the world.
With its olive trees, small fishermen's boats bobbing around in the sea, and winding cobblestone streets, Cunda Island is an undeniably heavenly place that is waiting to be discovered. The island has lots of neoclassical buildings, churches, monasteries and mosques you should see. It is a colourful island with its Taxiarchis Church, Ayisigi Monastery, Ottoman and Greek Houses, Patrice Village, Melek Hill, Ortunc Bay, breakwater and boat construction workshops.
The most lively area of the island is its coast. The waterfront is lined with restaurants, bars and cafes, including the lovely Tas Kahve (Stone Coffee House), a high ceilinged space where the old men of the village gather to sip Turkish tea beneath the nest of swallows who prefer an indoor home the the great outdoors.
Cunda Island is encircled by a natural beach. All along the shore there are lots of restaurants both large and small. You can taste here the delicious fish, fresh seafood and local appetizers cooked in olive oil.
Cunda is at only 15 minutes distance by boat from Ayvalik coast. The bridge connection has transformed the island into a peninsula. You can get there by bus, by boat or by walk 8 km. It is possible use the bridge, which is the first and currently the oldest surviving bridge in Turkey that connects lands seperated by a strait, but sailing on the peaceful silence of sea feels better.