While thinking who passed through these historic houses, the ancient city of Assos captivates you with its fragrant thyme scent, located in Behramkale Village, connected to Ayvacık town of Çanakkale, Assos is set dead on end of Midilli Island in Edremit Gulf.
Assos folk earn their keep mainly by tourism, olive and fruit cultivation, wine production and animal breeding.
There are a lot of historical places in Asssos, where Aristotle founded a philosophy school. Hüdavendigar Mosque in Behramkale Village, 600 year old Hüdavendigar Bridge built on Tuzla Beck, Ramparts in the Assos Antique City, Acropolis, Necropolis, Temple of Athena, Amphitheater, Gymnasium, Bathhouse and Agora, the Temple of Apollon and Smitheion on the Babakale road are the major ones among these places.
As you would appreciate, the nature is something else in this beautiful historical Assos. It did not host many civilizations for nothing. Kadırga Bay, Yeşil Liman, Koruoba Beach, Sivrice Bay, Sokakağzı are definitely must-see places and they must be enjoyed by swimming or taking a subath while watching the great view, accompanied by a glass of lemonade.
You are in Assos and what do you must do? Let's see: In Assos, historical places must be visited, hand work vignettes or the woven carpets of Behramkale people must be bought, excellent olive oil and thyme with Assos scent on it must be bought, fish and appetizers with olive oil and Assos wine must be tasted in fish restaurants on the harbor, infamous vanilla ice-cream on the beach must be eaten and the bays must be seen by boat.
You can reach Assos, which is very easy to go, by your own vehicle in 5 hours from Istanbul via 3 different roads, or approximately 2.5 hours from Izmir. If you want to come by bus, you can reach Assos by Assos minibuses serving constantly, after arriving in Ayvacık, Altınoluk or Küçükkuyu; if you want to travel by air, you can come to Çanakkale or Edremit and take a taxi or minibus to Assos.
How about spending your vacation in Assos Antique City? I suggest that you check the hotel prices and make an Assos hotel reservation at once. You can spend your vacation in one of the apart hotels or boutique hotels of Assos which may fit you economically and mentally, in an Assos pension or in an Assos hotel.
Assos is a very very old but no less beautiful antique city which is located in Behramkale Village, a village in Ayvacık province of Çanakkale, across the Midilli Island n Edremit Gulf.
Assos' General Population: Assos' population is around a thousand. In summer, this number increases exponentially.
History of Assos: Going back to 10th Century B.C., After Lesbosians, who built the city, Assos hosted Lydians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Anatolian Seljuks and Ottomans.
Assos Antique City, which has been built on a 200-m-high hill, is built as neatly as Chinese Wall and it is surrounded by 3200-m-long ramparts which has 8 towers reaching 20 meters at times and 12 different gates. Some of the artifacts taken from Assos, which is formed of the city where the Temple of Athena, Gymnasium, Agora, Bathhouse and the Theatre are located and structures like Antique Port, the Mole and the Entrepot, are set on display in Louve and Boston Museums, others remaining in our country are in Istanbul Archeology Museum.
Climate of Assos The climate is mild in Assos which is effected by Marmara Climate. The heat is not overwhelming in summer. Spring and autumn are generally rainy.
Sources of income of Assos: Assos community make their livings by mainly tourism and animal breeding, fruit and olive production and winemaking. Must See Places in Assos: Assos Antik Kenti Assos Athena Tapınağı Lamponia Antik Kenti Babakale Behramkale Köyü Assos Limanı Kadırga Koyu Yeşil Liman Koruoba Sahili Sivrice Koyu Sokakağzı
Have to Do Things in Assos: Don't leave Assos before historical places are visited, hand work vignettes or the woven carpets of Behramkale people are bought, excellent olive oil and thyme with Assos scent on it are bought, fish and appetizers with olive oil and Assos wine are tasted in fish restaurants on the harbor, infamous vanilla ice-cream on the beach is eaten and the bays is seen by boat.
Historical Places of Assos: Hüdavendigar Mosque in Behramkale Village, 600 year old Hüdavendigar Bridge built on Tuzla Beck, Ramparts in the Assos Antique City, Acropolis, Necropolis, Temple of Athena, Amphitheater, Gymnasium, Bathhouse and Agora, the Temple of Apollon and Smitheion on the Babakale road
How to go to Assos: If you are coming by your own vehicle: You can reach Assos from Istanbul in 3 different ways. From Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Eceabat, Çanakkale, Kale, Küçükkuyu, Assos are 450 km and approximately 5.5 hours. From Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Eceabat, Çanakkale, Kale, Küçükkuyu, Assos are 400 km and approximately 5.5 hours. If the high-speed ferry is used from Istanbul to Bandırma, Biga, Lapseki, Çanakkale, Kale, Ezine, Ayvacık, Küçükkuyu, Assos are 5 hours in total. From Izmir: If you are coming by bus, Aliağa, Ayvalık, Edremit, Akçay, Altınoluk, Küçükkuyu are approximately 2.5 hours. You can reach Assos from big cities by minibuses and taxis which are in service constantly after arriving in Ayvacık, Küçükkuyu or Altınoluk. (Ayvacık-Assos is 17 km, Küçükkuyu-Assos 60 km)Airway: You can reach Assos by taxis and minibuses by coming to Çanakkale or Edremit by plane from Istanbul.
Food Culture of Assos: It goes without saying that in Assos, quite fresh sea food must be eaten before anything else. Bream, Shish Fish and calamari are my favorites. Of course, in addition to these, salad prepared with fragrant olive oil of Assos. People who are not fans of fish won't go hungry, don't worry, there is everything you wish from patty to pizza. Good news for ice-cream lovers, special vanilla ice-cream of Assos is sold on the beach.
Assos is an antique city in Behramkale Village which is in the Ayvacık district of Çanakkale. The area surrounding this city is called Assos. Assos is built on a hill which is 200 meter high from the sea. Lesbos Island is located just across Assos. In history, Assos was the most important port of Edremit Gulf. Assos was the commerce and culture capital in the Roman and Hellenistic era. Philosopher Kleaanthes was born in Assos. There are two agoras, a temple of agora, a theatre, a bathhouse and tombs in Assos. Surface printings belonging to the temple in Assos are on display in Istanbul archeology museum. Assos has become a vacation destination in our day.
The hotels in Assos overflow with vacationers especially in summer months. They come here for both enjoying the Aegean Sea and experience historic fabric of Assos. Assos gives a mystic aura with its stone-walled houses and hotels.
Beginning from the entrance of Behramkale Village, the mystery of Assos surrounds everywhere. Assos antique city, which is reached from the center of the village, has been transformed into a museum. Assos antique city stands sovereign on all of the gulf view on a hill. Assos antique city says hello to Lesbos Island which stands across the sea. Behramkale Village, host of Assos antique city, gives the feeling of being in a magical place with its warm people, narrow and stone streets and untouched stone houses. After going around the Assos antique city, new tastes, which you may have never heard of before, await you in restaurants having the gulf view. Assos air goes into your lungs with the tea you will zip in the village court after the dinner. You are lost in the thought who may have passed through this uniquely beautiful Assos.
There is an amphitheatre just beneath the Assos antique city. You can reach this conserved place by going out of Assos antique city and by the road going down just near the village. You reach the Assos Antique Port where the hotels and restaurants are located when you continue to go down from the amphitheatre. This is the Assos Antique Port which was once an important port of the gulf. A warm peace fills you in Assos Antique Port. Azure sea, fishing boats at anchor and the nets of these boats catch your eyes. Fishers depart early from the docks. They may have returned before you come to Assos. To show you the generous Aegean pearls. You have the opportunity to taste the fishes fresh out of water in Assos Antique Port. You choose which flavor to taste. Along with the fish, the appetizers crowned with the infamous yellow olive oil are on your table. A warm breeze spices the food you will have in Assos.
Assos holds many beauties in it. Assos Antique City, Assos Antique Port, stone houses, warm people and of course its bays. Kadırga Bay, 3 km from Assos Antique Port, calls you to sunbath on its sand and to swim in its gleaming sea. Evenings are different in Assos. When the sun starts to set gently, it is watched admiringly from every hill in Assos. In the evenings, you can either zip your drink accompanied by your fish in the restaurants on Assos Antique Port, or drink your tea in the village coffee in Behramkale where the Assos Antique City is located, or drink your wine while listening to a guitar in a rhythm with the wind in Kadırga Bay in Assos. Assos, Kadırga Bay sucks you in the entertainment with its beach parties going from dusk till dawn. Songs and ballads are sung by the fire lit on the beach in Assos Kadırga Bay.
When returning from Assos, your body is rested, you are renewed. Many things seem more beautiful from now on in Assos. You will list your excuses to come back to Assos to your associates. The air of Assos, the sea of Assos, the sand of Assos, the sun of Assos, the nature of Assos, the history of Assos, the unforgotten delicious foods of Assos. Assos is waiting to embrace you for the nature, the sea, the sand, the sun and of course the history.