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Places to Visit in Balıkesir

Balıkesir has many national parks that are mostly very well preserved and attracts a growing number of tourists annually thanks to that. Balıkesir is also shines with its delicious cuisine and cultural heritage.

Mount Ida National Park

Mount Ida National Park is one of the most well-preserved national parks of Turkey with thousands of endemic plants, spectacular waterfalls, and hiking routes. The park is enjoyed by thousands of international nature and camping enthusiasts every year. Mount Ida National Park is located 120 kilometers away from the Balıkesir city center.

Bird Paradise National Park

Bird Paradise National Park is also known as Manyas Bird Paradise and is a crucial spot for authentic migratory birds. The park is also home to 246 species of birds including remarkable species such as Dalmatian pelican and white-headed duck. Bird Paradise National Park is located 105 kilometers away from the city center, in Bandırma district.

Zagan Pasha Mosque

Zagan Pasha Mosque was built in the mid-15th century and is the iconic symbol of the city. It was built in the name for the vizier “Zağnos Paşa” by the command of Mehmet II the Conqueror. The mosque is located in the city center. 

Cunda Island

Cunda Island is the largest island in Ayvalık district and welcomes a growing number of tourists every year. The island is known for its calm bays such as Patricia Bay, its seafood restaurants and Rahmi Koç Museum.

Balikesir National Forces Museum

Balikesir National Forces Museum is a memorial dedicated to 1918 and 1921 to nationalist militias that ignited the initial sparks of Turkish War of Independence. The museum is located in the city center, walking distance away from Zagan Pasha Mosque and entrance is free.

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