With its endless vineyards, brightly painted Greek houses, cute boutique hotels and of course fun tavernas and bars, Bozcaada is the perfect little island for a fun summer destination. Mostly visited by the residents of İstanbul, Çanakkale, and İzmir, it is the perfect holiday destination if you're seeking to have a more amiable time, while sipping your local wine and enjoying a great beach. With Alaçatı and Bodrum, Bozcaada is a popular summer destination between April and October. So if you want to experience the sandy beach, Bozcaada's boutique wineries and Greek-style tavernas, here is your guide!
This Greek Orthodox monastery next to the famous Ayazma Beach is a small church with its own festival! Once a year, on the 26th of July, the monastery opens to worship and pilgrims head to the Ayazma to light candles and make wishes. After that, everyone gets together and celebrates. People also bring stones and brushwood in order to "symbolize" their wishes. This monastery was built in 1734 and it is the most popular one of all of the 36 monasteries of Bozcaada. After visiting the monastery, you can chill in the cold waters (due to freshwater discharging from the sea floor) of Ayazma beach and enjoy traditional food on the cute, street restaurants near the beach!
Bozcaada is a very small island and its best-known winery is the Corvus winery and Vineyard, which is owned by the Turkish architect Reşit Soley. He planted this vineyard and prepared each seedling with his own hands! In here, you can enjoy a stylish cafeteria, which sells cheese plates and mezes, along with local bottles of wine. The most popular wine is their award-winning Corpus Reserve and Corvus Blend Number 5. Other than that, you can enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, as well as the local varieties Cavus and Vasilaki, which are also grown in these vineyards.
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