Ayvalik is only 3 km away from the nearest public beach and 8 km away from the Sarimsakli beaches, for which the little buses called "dolmush" leave quite frequently, which facilitates a very comfortable public transportation.
* Churches in the town:
* Alibey (Cunda) Island:
A small road bridge connects the island to Lale Island which in turn is connected by a causeway to the mainland (Ayvalik). There are frequent dolmushes (shared taxis) and half hourly buses throughout the year, in addition, in summer, there are also small ferries carrying passengers From Ayvalik to Alibey Island. Many churches and monasteries are located on the island, the most famous being the Taksiyarhis Church. The bell of the church stays at the Bergama Museum.
The island is also famous for its fish; you can see fish restaurants located next to each other by the seaside..
*Table of the Devil :
Table of the Devil (Seytan Sofrasi) is a nice hill with a great panaroma. It’s a spectacular place with a nice view of the nearby islands of Mytiliny (a Greek Island) and Ayvalik.
Seytan Sofrasi was formed by the lava heaps and is surrounded by steep, rocky mountains which look like a circular table from a bird's eye view. This hill is very popular thanks to its great panorama and a strange-looking hole on the rock resembling a footprint. It was believed to be the Devil's footprint and this is how the name "Seytan Sofrasi" came about.
*The Kozak region :
The Kozak region, which encompasses 16 villages, is situated between Ayvalik and Bergama. The area boasts the most beautiful geography of the Aegean region. Stone Pine trees cover the whole plateau like giant green flowers and make an impressive landscape viewed from the hilltop before turning to the village of Yukarıbey. The people of Kozak are descended from nomads (yörük). All its villages were populated by Kılaz nomads of the Oğuz clan, excepting Demircidere, which was settled by tahtacı nomads. The nickname of these latter villagers, tahtacı (literally, “wood seller”), comes from their longtime tradition of working as lumberjacks. They are also distinguished from other villagers by their Alawite faith, and their Demircidere is said to have the most colorful social life in the region.
We can list the following as the spots that should not be missed:
-The waterfall, inn and spa in the Nebiler village;
- The camp sites and trekking routes in the Gobeller village
- The Demircidere and home-made local wine
- The old Roman bath in Asagibey.
(Source: Sülüşoğlu, M. (2004) The Management Of Family owned Stone Pine
Plantations In Kozak Region, Turkey: A Case Study. FAO Working Paper)
The name Taxiarchis is given to the Archangels Michael or Gabriel. Literally meaning "commander" (of a taxis, a squadron), the name is usually translated into English as "Archangel," but may also be rendered simply as "Michael" or "Gabriel," who are both commemorated in liturgical texts as "Commander of the Bodiless Hosts."
Few Orthodox churches, however, are named after "St. Taxiarchis," preferring to take the name Taxiarchae, meaning "Archangels."
Taxiarchis is known as one of the patron saints of the Greek Aegean and Dodecanesse islands. Many Greek children are named after this saint, taking the baptismal name of either Taxiarchis (for males) or Taxiarchoula (for females).