Ayvalik Marina is located in the heart of the Ayvalik archipelago, just opposite the island of Lesbos, in the north-western Turkish coastline. The marina is south of the town’s waterfront and is therefore on the mainland, easily accessible by land.
The Marina’s Facilities
The marina is sheltered from the West and the North by a 450 metre long breakwater. It can welcome up to 200 boats moored stern to along the breakwater and four pontoons. Yachts up to 40 metres in length overall can also stay in this marina, mooring alongside. However this is mainly a harbour for boats up to 20 metres in length. The marina also has a shipyard with the capacity to welcome up to 70 boats on hard standing and capable of carrying out most maintenance and repair work.
Overall, the marina provides a variety of amenities. Boat owners staying in the marina have access to a small supermarket, shops, a bar and a restaurant, a shipchandler of course, a cash point, a car rental agency, all located near the port’s office. Though you are in the heart of the town of Ayvalik, everything is designed so you need not wonder too far inland to enjoy staying in the harbour. It is effectively the best equipped marina in the entire area.
The Ayvalik Archipelago
The Ayvalik islands are a very popular destination for many holiday makers, as well as for boat owners. The largest island, Alibey, and the stretch of land to its South shelter a vast area of sea, making it as calm as lake, hence its name “Ayvalik Limani”, “limani” meaning lake in Turkish. As well as being the site of many holiday resorts, these islands feature many bays and coves which are ideal for anchoring or for day excursions from the marina, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons for this region’s ever growing popularity for cruising. To the South, are the bays of Kumru Köyü and Camlik Köyü. Further South West, the island of Cipalik Adasi is also a nice anchorage spot. Then of course, there are a number of coves around Alibey Adasi, well sheltered from prevailing winds. One of the largest bays is Patricia Limani, in the North of the island, offering extensive shelter and with the small island of Güverçin in its centre.
There is a very relaxed Mediterranean feel to Ayvalik, with its mix of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture, as its pine and olive trees. The production of olive oil has in fact been one of the town’s core industries since the nineteenth century. It is still today very active, though tourism is clearly nowadays the region and the population’s main source of revenue.