- Geography and prices of the resort
- Weather and water temperature
- How to get to the resort town
- Attractions Akchay
In Akçay, the Turks themselves prefer to rest, especially the residents of Istanbul and Izmir, located nearby. For those who want tranquility and the absence of crowds of foreigners, Akcay is an exclusive offer in the Turkish resort market.
Geography and prices of the resort
Akchay is located on the coast of the Edremit Gulf of the Aegean Sea in western Turkey in the Balikesir silt. Akchay is located in the suburbs of the much larger city of Edremit, known since ancient times. Edremit Gulf, nicknamed the “Olive Riviera” behind its olive-tree-covered shores, is a large resort area in which Akchay plays one of the main roles.
Despite the fact that the Aegean coast is distinguished by high prices for accommodation and services, Akchay is a resort with democratic prices. In Akchay and its suburbs, there are several dozen hotels that receive tourists. Accommodation prices range from RUB 1000-1500 for a double room with shared bathroom up to RUB 6500 for a double room with a sea view per night in a hotel with a swimming pool and half board.
The average cost of accommodation in Akchai hotels during the high season is 3500 RUB per day for a double room of a comfort class.
Weather and water temperature
Another important advantage of resting at the resort is the climate of the Edrimith Gulf. The dry and warm climate of the Aegean coast is much more easily tolerated by children and elderly tourists than the hot and humid climate of the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Therefore, the Aegean coast and Akchay in particular is a center for family tourism. The average air temperature in July and August is +32 ° C, the monthly rainfall in the holiday season does not exceed 8-9 mm. The water temperature in summer is around + 25 ° C.
All the beaches in Akchay are sandy and wide (up to 50 meters). The city is surrounded by olive groves, thickets of eucalyptus and coniferous trees, so the air in the resort is considered especially useful for any tourist. The healing springs of Gyure are located near the city. All local tap water is taken from mountain springs, so you can drink it from the tap.
How to get to the resort town
Getting to the resort is not a trivial task, which, in many ways, stops foreign tourists. The base for access to Akchay is Edremit, located 8 km from the resort. Edremit / Korfez Airport is located 9 kilometers from Edremit and 18 from Akchay. The airport accepts flights from Istanbul:
- from the airport named after Sabiha Gokcen – the cost of the flight is from 1150 RUB;
- from Ataturk Airport – the cost of the flight is from 2800 RUB.
There are also flights from Ankara.
Due to the long distance between the resort and Istanbul (about 400 km), road travel between cities is not so common. The easiest way to get to the Asian part of Turkey is by private or rented car. The path goes:
- along the E 80 Istanbul – Izmit highway to the Osmangazi bridge in the Izmit Bay;
- along the E 881 Izmit – Cesme highway from the bridge to the town of Balikesir;
- along the road Balikesir – Edremit, the distance will be about 90 km.
You can get to Akcay from Istanbul by bus. Bus routes Istanbul – Akchay depart twice a day from Istanbul, the cost is 800 – 1200 RUB, the travel time is about 9 hours, the route includes the Eceabat – Canakkale ferry crossing through the Dardanelles. The second option is to travel by bus Istanbul – Bursa (400 – 1100 RUB) and transfer to the bus Bursa – Akchay (650 – 900 RUB). This option is generally a little more expensive, but despite the transfer, it is faster – the travel time, taking into account the waiting time at the Bursa station, will be about 8 hours.
The resort itself, due to its youth, cannot boast of special attractions that attract tourists. The only unusual place near the city is Kazdagi National Park, located north of Akchay. In Kazhdagi, jeep excursions to waterfalls, lakes or to the top of Mount Sarykyz are organized. Cost – from 750 RUB. An old legend about a girl named Sarykyz who presented the city and the surrounding area with fresh water from mountain springs is associated with the Sarykyz mountain. The Sarykyz statue is installed on the Akchay embankment and represents the figure of a girl with a jug in her hands and accompanying swans.
The coast of the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Edremit, in particular, was densely populated in the ancient era, many of the structures of that time have survived to our time. In order to visit the ancient ruins, you will have to leave Akchay and go to the sights on your own or as part of an organized excursion.
The main attractions are:
- Excavations of the famous ancient city of Troy. A trip here includes a visit to the excavation museum and the ruins themselves with sanctuaries, the palace complex and the altar of the Temple of Athena. The ruins of Troy are located 90 km from Akchay.
- The ruins of the ancient Greek polis Assos are located 50 km from Akchay. Here tourists can see the ruins of the temple of Athena, the acropolis of the city with preserved fragments of the city walls, gymnasiums 2200 years old, theater of the 3rd century BC. e. and Greek baths with 26 rooms.
- The ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo are located 75 km from the resort in the village of Gulpinar.
- The ruins of the ancient Greek polis Antandros are located 15 km west of Akchay. Here you can visit the ruins of a Roman villa from the 4th century AD. e. with the second largest mosaic in all of Turkey.
- In the neighboring town of Edremit, the medieval Kursunlu Mosque, built at the beginning of the 13th century, has survived, as well as a history museum with a large collection of antique and medieval exhibits.
The easiest way to get to Edremit is by suburban bus; trips to the ancient sights of the coast can be done independently by intercity buses. Organized excursions will take the whole day, the cost will be 750 – 1500 RUB depending on the direction.