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Plan Your Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean Vacation

The ruins of Pergamum, Troy, and Assos, along with the Gallipoli battlefields, are the main draws of the region, but leisurely exploration is also rewarded with fresh air, a cool sea, great food, and havens in the wilderness.

The North Aegean and the Sea of Marmara areas are rich in history, spanning many centuries and empires. Civilizations rose and fell at Troy for 5,000 years, and the

ruins of Pergamum date from the time of Alexander the Great. The bustling city of Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, before Istanbul. The battlefields of Gallipoli bear testament to the more recent past, World War I, while the backstreets of Ayvalık still echo with the footsteps of the Greeks who lived there until early in the 20th century.

The beaches in this region tend to be more pebbly (and the water a touch colder) than they are in other parts of Turkey, but they're also frequently less crowded. You can see the whole of the region in a week or, if you're based in Istanbul, on separate, shorter journeys. Spend at least one evening watching the sun go down over Homer's wine-dark sea, and you'll agree that the North Aegean has a little bit of everything—and a lot you won't find anywhere else.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Explore "Green Bursa" Visit Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque), stroll the covered bazaar, and make sure to try the local kebab specialty, İskender kebap.
  2. Go back in time at Troy Visit the ruins of this 5,000-year-old city of Homer’s Iliad, where more than nine layers of civilization have been uncovered.
  3. Pay respects at Gallipoli Tour the battlefields and memorials where one of the key campaigns of World War I was fought.
  4. Ramble through ancient Pergamum Explore this spectacular showcase of the classical period, second in Turkey only to Ephesus.
  5. Relax in Assos Enjoy the quiet of Behramkale village; marvel at the Greek ruins; and soak up the sun on nearby beaches.
  6. Shop for İznik tiles Watch craftswomen engrave the famous ceramics and buy some to take home.

When To Go

When to Go

The Southern Marmara and the North Aegean region are considerably cooler than the South Aegean and Mediterranean coast, but summer is still...

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