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Sunset in Avşa island.

Avşa or Avşa Adası, also Türkeli, is a Turkish island in the south of Sea of Marmara. The island belongs to Marmara district of Balıkesir Province in northwestern Turkey. It is a popular domestic tourist destination, attracting tourists especially from Istanbul. The local population is around 2000 according to the last census, but especially in the summer season it rises as far as 40,000 to 50,000.

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Transportation

The island is within reach from Istanbul by ship and ferry. It is also accessible from Erdek and Tekirdağ by motorboat.

Location

Geographical location of Avşa island.

The exact location of Avşa island is shown in the following map in red color. The larger island north of Avşa is the island of Marmara, and the island to the east is Paşalimanı.

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Coordinates: 40°30′43″N 27°29′55″E / 40.51194°N 27.49861°E / 40.51194; 27.49861


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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Avşa (pronounced aav-shaa) is one of the Marmara Islands, Turkey.

Understand

Although it is one of the smaller islands of the archipelago, it is the most heavily touristed one. In fact, it was one of the most popular holiday destinations in 1970s for mid-class families in Turkey.

Get in

Year-round boats which can accommodate cars from Tekirdağ (on the northern/European coast of the Sea of Marmara) and Erdek (on the southern/Asian coast of the Sea of Marmara, 1hr 45min). There are also pessenger-only fast ferries (3½hr) from Istanbul during summer months. Ferries from Tekirdağ cost 15 TL/person, while ferries from Istanbul cost 40 TL/person (or 30 TL/person on the slower ferry departing on Saturday mornings).

Drink

Island’s local wine is famous and of good quality, especially those made of the local grape varieties called papaz karası and ada karası.

Sleep

There are lots of guesthouses (pansiyon) on the island, so finding somewhere to sleep shouldn’t be a problem.

Contact

Island’s telephone code is 266 (+90 266 when calling from out of Turkey).

Get out

Other islands of Marmara Archipelago.

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