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A Short Trip to Bozcaada, Çanakkale – Turkey

As it was told in the title, this was a short trip to Bozcaada. So this post will not be “What to eat in Bozcaada” or “Top 5 things to see” style. I am going to tell you about 2 beautiful days. Lets begin with the wind in our ears.

Bozcaada is 79,6km far from Çanakkale.. Just joking. Geography is not the topic. But as a small note; there are ferries from Geyikli which is 70km away from Çanakkale. It takes 30 minutes and then you are on the island enjoying the sea. For more information about ferries click.

Roads were full with poppy, what a scene.

Bozcaada

Island Wind

Journey starts with a little disappointment. The person at the counter asked if our vehicle is registered as a caravan. That is the only question we don’t like to hear about our van. Because it is 120TL for caravan but for the same vehicle with a different registration pays barely half. Anyway this is another post’s issue we are collecting data for now.

Wind welcomed us when we got off and people who were trying to get back their homes after National Holiday 1th of May which we planed our trip afterwards so we wouldn’t be in this crowd. What a relief. First we needed a spot to park our van. After that i had to drink morning coffee as a must. We ended up at Coffee Shelter. I saw my former roommate Orkun. He has a hostel named Vagos in the center of the island. I had given him information about our visit but i didn’t know he also works at coffee shop. After that delicious coffee we hit the town’s streets.

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

A Hidden Corner of Bozcaada

We needed a sheltered place to avoid wind which was very strong. It is not a problem inside the van but fire is important. On the way to the Aquarium Cove we saw this little beach with nobody around which we love. It was very windy yet welcoming.

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Back on the road we saw Corvus Wine Factory sign and there was no reason for not to follow. They don’t allow wine tasting so we listened what shop assistants said and bought our wines. Sadly they don’t ship wines unless you have a company which has some sort of certificate.

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Aquarium Cove the third stop didn’t give us the peace we need either. So we headed to Ayazma, our last hope. Ayazma is on the south of island so if the center is windy Ayazma is not and vice versa. It welcomed us with its calm and beautiful sea.

Bozcaada

After a quick tour we parked at the end of beach. It was 4pm, weather was magnificent and we were hungry. It was time to treat ourselves.

Vahit’s Place

They are the oldest in town. Choices of meze makes you confused. They have the best view. This may seem unfair for other restaurants but it is really beautiful.

Bozcaada

Price–performance ratio is 8/10. Dishes were great but marinated sea bass was not which is very popular in Turkey especially with rakı our national alcoholic drink. Other mezes were very great, squid was on the top.

Bozcaada

Full of sea, sunset, beauty.

Bozcaada

At The Bar

As it was getting dark, we went to our van. It was still not a summer night, we had to put on some clothes. Sea was getting more beautiful and a nice music was coming from somewhere. After a little search we discovered it was coming from a nice open air bar. We went to it and let Orkun know where we are, he said he knew the owner. Barış the owner, has done everything about the bar from wooden works to trees by himself and some friends. If you go to Bozcaada make sure to visit his bar at the end of Ayazma beach. He hasn’t decided the name yet. It is still undecided i learned today. You may learn when you go 🙂

Bozcaada

Orkun came with his two friends, Beliz & Efe. We learned that they came from Istanbul, they quit their corporate jobs and decided to move to Bozcaada. It has been 3 weeks. They have this website bozcaadaunderground.com which will become a guide about foods, drinks and the art at Bozcaada.

You can check it out before visiting island.

I love people who believe another life is possible and take risks to achieve that.

Miskin Ceramic Workshop

Next day we wanted to spend some time at the center and visit Orkun’s hostel Vagos and stayed for a night. It has 5 rooms, very close to center, small and neat. It has also a terrace with BBQ option, highly recommended.

In the morning while we were waiting for the ferry, we found this nice workshop. You can take ceramic lessons for free. You can oven-bake and glaze your pottery and take away with you. It takes a week. Walls and workshop itself very amazing.

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

Bozcaada

See You Soon

Everything we ate, drank was very good. We didn’t know if the taste was really different or the island makes everything so good. That’s a mystery we are going to solve next time we visit.

See you Bozcaada.

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