Travelling with kids: Weekend getaway to Ayvalık

Ada Camping

According to Susan Miller, my star sign Libra will bring many new opportunities including several trips to nearby locations in June. The moment I read this, I said: “Yeah! Why not? Let’s travel!” So we decided to have a little getaway to Cunda, Ayvalık. While I was packing for this tremendously exciting journey of ours, something in my heart told me that it will be the “perfect” little vacation. I would later learn that I was quite wrong.

Ezgi in Ayvalık

The road

It was Friday around 4 p.m when we picked Ezgi up from nursery and I remember him being so very excited. He was full of joy and constantly talking about the things he was going to do when we arrive at this “holiday place”. Just like any other child, Ezgi was associating this little vacation with swimming & playing in the sands so he probably believed that it will last for eternity (well, for one week at least). However we planned this trip only for the weekend and by the time I realized that his heart will be broken, it was already too late.

Weekend getaway Ayvalık 28

Another mistake that we made was hitting the road at the wrong time. It was already 4 p.m and it would take us at least 6 hours to arrive. We thought he would probably fall asleep while we were driving because Ezgi is quite used to sleeping in the car. However this time, with all of his excitement he started being cranky and impatient. So we end up with a child who was so uneasy, crying most of the time and wanting to go back home.

Oh and we arrived to our destination at around 00:20 a.m 🙆

Our first day in Ayvalık

We all know what happens if a child has a rough night, dont we? No? Ok, let me tell you this: if a child doesnt get enough sleep, you need to bear the fact that you will have VERY VERY EARLY MORNING.  In our case this was exactly the same; Ezgi woke up precisely at 06:30 a.m. WHAT A LOVELY WAY TO START THE DAY, eh? 🙂 Not to mention that he kept saying he was hungry for about a zillion times.

Aivali Food and Art 1

Eventually everything was back on the rails and we managed to leave the house. Our first destination was Aivali Food & Art where we were planning to have our breakfast. Unfortunately we were 40 minutes too early and they said they havent started serving yet so we decided to wander around the streets a little bit. It was a beautiful day in Ayvalık, and we already forgot about our mis-fortunes. The sun was shining, the weather was warm and the streets were amazingly picturesque.

Streets of Ayvalık

Streets of Ayvalık

Artizan Bakkal was one of the places in my to-see-list so we took a break in this lovely bakery. It is located inside of Macaron Konağı which is one of boutique hotels in Ayvalık. If you are also a visitor in Ayvalık, please do visit this bakery (breakfast was really delicious!) and give a big kiss to Umay, prettiest little girl we met over there.

Artizan Bakkal 1

Artizan Bakkal 2

Macaron Konagi

Time for Cunda

Later on we headed to Ada Camping which is a camping place with lots of tents and caravans, plus the most beautiful shore to the sea. And finally Ezgi was in his happy place! After unpacking his beach sand toys, we were ready to have a little nap – thanks to Göksel taking care of him in the meanwhile! I think we spend half a day in Ada Camping which I would recommend anyone especially for parents. The only downside of this place was the admission fee you need to pay, which was ridiculously high.

Ada Camping 2

I dont know how we manage to convince Ezgi to leave this place, but we did it. We came back home, rested a tiny bit and then get ready to go out again. Our next destination was Cunda which is the largest of the Ayvalık Islands archipelago in Turkey. I had a long list of to-do’s in Cunda but it was quite impossible to complete them all in one weekend but we managed to had our dinner in this fancy little restaurant, namely Ayna. I loved everything about it! Everything on the menu was delicious, the interior design was amazing and our waitress was so kind. I hope to visit it again some day for a drink or two.

Ayna Cunda 2

Ayna Cunda

Taş Kahve was our final destination before we all collapse in exhaustion. I think it was one of the longest days in my entire life so I was quite eager to go home and sleep unconsiously. Plus I hate the Turkish coffee they served me in Taş Kahve, it was horrific.

Tas Kahve

Our last day in Ayvalık

Like any other beautiful moments in life, our time in Ayvalık was limited too. It was our last day and luckily Ezgi did not wake up early that morning. So we managed to have a proper start of the day. We got back to Aivali Food & Art to have our breakfast. The food was a-maz-ing! Compared to Istanbul, price range was incredibly affordable too. 

Aivali Food and Art 3

Aivali Food and Art 2

After spending some time wandering off the streets, we took a short break to have some verjuice and Turkish coffee in Şeytanın Kahvesi which is one of the oldest buildings in Ayvalık.

Seytanın Kahvesi 2

Seytanın Kahvesi 1

And finally we arrived at this small passage which was hosting little shops where you can find hand made soaps, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and olives. After buying a couple of things, we were all ready to set off.

It was a short trip but we will definitely go back again soon! 🙂


Oldukça uzun bir yazı olmasından dolayı bu defalık Türkçe kısmını es geçmek durumunda kaldım. Bu duruma bir çare bulacağım diye umuyorum lakin bu esnada sizin öneleriniz varsa duymayı çok isterim!

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