The seaside restaurants serve a rich variety of local specialities, there are sprats and gunnard, oysters and a variety of Aegean greens but most importantly the tradition of eating fish and drinking raki…
If this is good for your temperament you will love every aspect of …Cunda. Summer, winter, day and night the narrow streets, stone houses, sea side fish restaurants, coffee houses, the old church, the school, the cats, sun shining on water, fishing boats, the silhouette of Ayvalik across the sea, the peace and quiet, maturity and timelessness of this miracle town.
Some more details of Cunda
The island can be seen from the coast of Ayvalik. It seems as if it is protecting Ayvalik from the open sea.
After the Republic the islands name was changed to Alibey island because during the war of liberation the first bullet was fired at the enemy by Yarbay Ali Çetinkaya.
Before the Republic the Greeks called the island ‘Moshonis’ (perfumed island), the Turks called it Cunda (top of the mast).
Another explanation for the name Cunda comes from Piri reis’ book ‘ kitab-I bahriyesi’ where the islands of Yund are mentioned. This Yund island is thought to be Cunda.
Today rather than Alibey mot people know it as Cunda.
On the left of the island is the strait of Dalyan, on the right the strait of Dolap. In 1966 a 54 metre bridge was built across the Dolap strait and this bridge is known as the first strait bridge in Turkey
There is another little island between Ayvalik and Cunda Lale island, this island is connected to Ayvalik via a 500 metre long road. This road was made in 1817 by filling the sea and widened in 1960 to its present width.
Because of its natural beauty and historic buildings Alabey is under protection and in 1976 Ayvalik and 17.900 hectares of surrounding areas were declared protected and historical sites. Many monasteries and churches remain from before the Capitulations when Alibey was a centre of the Greek Orthodox church.
Some of these historical buildings are listed below:
- The Pine monastary/Taksiyarhis Ta Çamya: It is in the centre of the island and can be reached in a half hour walk along Patriça street turning left at the Ekşi ceşme and following that road.
- The monastery of Mary the protector/Panagias Tis Lekai: Ayvalik Dalyan strait exit The restored building among the olive trees on the right.
- Moon light monastery/Ai Dinitri Ta Salina: 45 minuets walk from the village of Patrica 2.
- Ayos Apostolos monastery : After crossing the bridge to the island follow the coast road on the left for 500 meters look to the right and you will see a little hill that is it.
- Chicken island monastery/ayiu Ionnu Tu Podromo: Is built on Chicken island opposite Alibey.
- Pigeon island monastery/Ai Yorgi: İn the middle of Pateriça bay..
- Ilyas Peygamber monastery/ Prophet Iliya 200 metres after the entrance to the bridge to the island; only a few ruins are left.
- Kizlar monastery/Evangelistriya.