, also called Alibey Island
, (Turkish: Cunda Adası, Alibey Adası
). Cunda with the town center in Ayvalaik is 250 km away from Istanbul, Turkey. If you truly want to feel the spirit of local summer leisure just go to Cunda and you will be really far from the touristic areas where every Turkish soul wants to sell you something or the piece of your dream as they think. :)
Formerly inhabited by a large Greek population
when it became the official seat of a Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop in 1922, Cunda is the largest of the Ayvalık islands
, located between Greece
. Nowadays, the beautiful stone houses with colorful shutters and the island's main landmark, the Taksiarchis Church, are the only reminder of the past. With its olive trees, small fishermen's boats bobbing around in the sea, and winding cobblestoned streets, Cunda Island is an undeniably heavenly place that is waiting to be discovered.