Thursday, 11 January 2018

Our Favorite Istanbul Activity

Bosphorus is the strait in Istanbul that divides Asia from Europe. A ferry ride along the Bosphorus is an unforgettable experience. It is touristic and so local.
Old wooden houses, mansions and palaces and the two bridges that connect to continents. Charming seaside districts, once fisherman's villages and remarkable pieces of Ottoman architecture all spread along. The current ferry schedule is here. There also some other companies running, starting mostly from Eminönü. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Trip Advisor Winner Assos Alarga

We are number one among bed and breakfasts in Turkey. Dear big guests of  our small hotel in Assos, Behramkale, we are wearing the smile that you have given us. Thank you so much!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Pet Friendly Hotel in Assos, Behramkale

There are those who bark and those who go for the ball:) Playing is much more fun when you have a friend.
 There are those who bark and those who go for the ball:) Playing is much more fun when you have a friend. We were in Kadirga Bay today, only 2 minutes driving from our small hotel. Bring your best friends along: AssosAlarga is a pet friendly hotel in Assos,Behramkale. Our best friend is Gece, yes, he is still a bit afraid of swimming in deep water. Luckily, she has friends to show her the way.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Ottoman Bridge in Assos, Behramkale

If you happen to arrive to Assos, Behramkale from Ayvacık, taking the old road, passing by villages such as Söğütlü and Paşaköy, you will be seeing the Ottoman Bridge in Assos, Behramkale on your left; the old bridge is parallel to the new bridge you will be crossing, so it is difficult to skip it.

 The bridge that is standing still today was built during the 14th century, after Assos went under the reign of the Ottomans. Murat Hudavendıgar Mosque in Assos,Behramkale, is another construction, remaining from that period.

We often go for walks along the banks of Tuzla Stream. If you wish to stay in Assos, Behramkale with your dog, Assos Alarga is a pet friendly hotel in Assos, Behramkale and we would gladly show you the way to the Ottoman Bridge, so you can also enjoy a long walk in the nature. Along the banks of Tuzla Stream today, there are sheep and cow shelters, during this walk in Assos, you can also run into, aquatic turtles, storks and even mustangs...

Saturday, 5 March 2016

A visit to Alexandria Troas

This lesser-known ancient settlement  covers an area of 400 hectares, just acrossBozcaada, the Tenedos Island. It was founded in 310 or 309 BC by Antigonus the One Eye (a noble commander of Alexander the Great) and was first called Antigonia Troas. It was 301 BC, when Lysimachus, successor of Alexander the Great, renamed the city Alexandria Troas to honor his legendary predecessor.
When the Romans took over, it was initially declared "free and autonomous". Serving as the main port of northwest Anatolia for more than a century, its population is estimated to have reached around 100000 during the Roman era. Roman emperors Augustus and Hadrian, and prefect (the administrative leader) of the western Anatolia (provincia AsiaHerodes Atticus sponsored its development in various ways. Julius Caesar granted the city the privileges of the highest status of the Roman cities, a colonia!
Alexandria Troas plays a key role in Saint Paul's missionary expeditions. This is where he stayed before he left Asia for Europe for the first time.
When Constantine the Great was founding the Eastern Roman Empire, Alexandria Troas was among the candidate cities as a new capital. During the Byzantine era, the city and its harbor lost its attraction and power. The Ottoman Turks used to call the ruins "Eski Stambul", meaning, "the old Istanbul" or "the old city". Some columns from the ancient site were utilized when the New Mosque in Istanbul was being built between 1660 and 1665.
Today, the site is being excavated by the archaeological team from Ankara University, and entrance and a breathtaking view of sunset are free of charge. The excavations may take a generation's lifetime, the ruins are patiently awaiting daylight to expose their glamorous history.
Alexandria Troas is located right in the middle of the western edge of the Biga Peninsula (Troad), 56 km north of Assos and 35 km south of Troy. Driving on the road amidst the pleasing nature between Assos and Alexandria Troas gives one the opportunity of paying short visits to Babakale, the westernmost end of Asia, and also to the temple of Apollo Smintheus.
When you visit Alexandria Troas, if you understand Turkish and are lucky enough, maybe you even can meet the highly enthusiast and well-versed guard of the site, and learn some highlights about the area from him.