Ayvalik (Ottoman, Ancient Greek: Κυδωνίαι, modern Greek: Αϊβαλί, AyvalI or Κυδωνίες, Kidoniyes) remaining in a district of Balıkesir in the Marmara region, the Aegean region of Turkey. Balikesir in the west, the district is located in the Aegean Sea coast, it is one of Turkey’s most important tourism centers. Although Ayvalık has a large town population in the winter season, the population exceeds the population of some small provinces in summer due to the effect of tourism. districts that have hosted various civilizations in history, is one of the important districts of Turkey from various angles.
In the district, which has a great potential in the field of tourism, there are various natural beauties, especially Şeytan Sofrası, and cultural tourism, especially based on old Greek houses and buildings, has also developed. Sea tourism has developed especially in Sarımsaklı Beaches and Alibey Island.
According to a study conducted in 1994, there are 363 buildings in the district from 1842-1914.
The district has hosted many daily guests from the Aegean Islands in recent years. The purpose of these visits is usually shopping. After the serious economic input of this situation began to emerge, the shop windows of the district were filled with Greek writings. A large market is set up every Thursday in the center of Ayvalık. Tens of thousands of Greek tourists, especially from the Greek province of Lesbos, make daily visits. The most important place Greek tourists visit is the Ayvalik market. In recent years, tourists coming to Ayvalık have also visited the surrounding districts, causing competition between Ayvalık and Edremit.
Agriculture and industry
The County economy largely depends on olives and tourism. Apart from olives, agricultural products such as cotton, pine nuts, and tangerines are also grown in Ayvalık. In addition, Kozak grape grown in Bağyüzü Village is a well-known product in the region. In recent years, out-of-season vegetable growing and Kozak pine honey production have also been made. In Ayvalık, where 70% of the land is olive groves, there are industrial establishments producing soap and olive oil from olives. There are 110 million olive trees in Turkey and it is located in the district of 2.5 million. Fishing and fish restaurants are also an important source of income.