Missing some beach life, we took the bus to Ayvalik about 3 hours north of Izmir. Ayvalik used to be mainly inhabited by Greeks but after the Turkish independence all the Greeks moved out and the Turks moved in. It has lots of Greek architecture and influence.
Ayvalik is a nice little town that is not on the tourist radar. There are no hawkers trying to sell you trinkets and overall the atmosphere is very nice.
The first day we arrived it was incredibly windy. We took a walk down the promenade and got pretty soaked from all the waves crashing in. I am not sure all the boats survived the wave action that day.
The day after we took a walk around the cove and then went to the beach. The water isn’t as clear as in Southern Turkey but the water was quite warm. Nice relaxing day and perhaps our last time swimming in salt water for this trip?