Cunda Island Turkey, Cunda Island Vacations, History Cunda Island
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Cunda Island, also called Alibey Island. It is a small island in the northwestern Aegean Sea off the coast of Ayvalık, part of Balıkesir Province of Turkey, with an area of 23 km². It is located 16 km east of Lesbos, Greece.
Cunda is linked to Ayvalık on the mainland by a causeway. The island has a typical resort town, and a bus and ferry link to Ayvalık.
For some months in 1922, the island was the see of a Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop, while the neoclassical mansion of the last metropolitan, Ambrosios, still survives on the seafront of the town’s island.
Following the Lausanne treaty (1923), the Greek population left for Greece and replaced with Muslims from Crete, Cretan Turks and Lesbos.
The main landmark of Cunda remains the Taksiarchis church.
The large, former Greek Orthodox cathedral was abandoned and dilapidated but is currently undergoing restoration.
Broken stairs at interior of Cunda Cathedral
Poroselene bay in the north of the island is probably the island’s major “sight.” In antiquity, it was the home of a dolphin who saved a drowning boy, mentioned by Pausanias.
In 2007, after a two-year-work, all 551 buildings in Cunda Island were inspected and registered by Turkish Science Academy and Yıldız Technical University Faculty of Architecture within the “Turkey Culture Inventory Project”.
A place where the endless blue and eternity of the sea covers the visitors as they do the island, where the calm green of pine and olive trees encircles the callers…
From yellow to orange, from orange to cyclamen, where the mother nature shows her magic on every sunset…
A place called Moshinos by the Greeks before the establishment of the Turkish Republic, which means “Fragrant Island”…
The “Alibey Island” or “Cunda Island” of present day…
Embraces those, who want to achieve bodily as well as mental inertia and to enjoy sea in the summer or a little relaxing escape from the city in the winter…
With oriel windowed houses, rough cobblestone pavements and quite narrow streets, where Greek, Cretan and Turkish can be heard simultaneously, the Cunda Island awaits his visitors to fascinate with its spirit reflecting the common culture of Aegean…
Like Ayvalik, Cunda Island was once predominantly Greek, and some Greek is still spoken here.
The island has a mix of the two cultures in its food, music, and nightlife, and lately has been deliberately cultivating this, having realized the tourism potential.
The fishing town has good seafood restaurants lining its atmospheric quay; they’re noted for their grilled çipura (a local fish) and for an amazing variety of Turkish and Greek seafood dishes served grilled, fried, baked, or in a cold seafood salad with interesting dressings.
There are regular buses to Cunda from Ayvalik, but the best way to travel is by boat; they run every hour each way, from 10 am to midnight in summer, and dock at the quay right in the middle of the restaurants in Cunda. In winter, buses are the only option.