Cruise Port Atlas | Dikili, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Dikili, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Dikili: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Azamara Club Cruises, Silversea

Key Attractions: Merkez Mosque, Nebiler, Nebiler Falls, Bademli, Candarli, Lake Karagol, Ayvalik, Cunda Island, Pergamon, Asclepion, Red Basilica, Pergamon Archaeological Museum

Dikili Area Attractions

Port to Nebiler - 16 KM, 21 minutes
Port to Bademli - 9 KM, 15 minutes
Port to Ayvalik - 39 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Cunda Island - 45 KM, 50 minutes
Port to Candarli - 19 KM, 25 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The area around Dikili is a locally popular resort area with lovely beaches and a lively atmosphere. In the town is the wooden Merkez Mosque, built in 1789. There is an ancient Greek site nearby called Arteus, but it has not been excavated or developed. Since ancient times, the area was known for its geothermal waters and spas. The areas around Nebiler and Bademli offer baths and mud treatments. To the south of Dikili is the more developed resort area around Candarli, occupying a narrow and scenic peninsula and featuring an impressive Ottoman Castle. To the north is Ayvalik, which has a coastal area protected by several islands including the large and scenic island of Cunda. The area around Ayvalik is popular with divers because of the diversity of the underwater species. Popular natural attractions in the area include the falls near Nebiler and the volcanic Lake Karagol.



Photo of Cundu Island by Towsonu2003

Pergamon (also Pergamum and Bergama)

Port to Bergama - 30 KM, 35 minutes
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The city of Pergamon is ancient, but its first era of importance was after the split of the Alexandrian Empire when the rulers of Pergamon ruled a significant area of western Anatolia. This era ended when the ruler, Attalus died leaving his country to the Romans in 133 BCE. During the Greek and later Roman eras, an acropolis was built imitating the design of the one in Athens. The largest temple on the hill was moved to Germany in the early 20th century, but the remains of the Library, temples dedicated to Athena, Dionysus and Trajan, the huge Altar of Zeus, an Agora, and gymnasium can still be viewed. On the side of the hill is a large Amphitheater that could hold 10,000. The Library is of particular significance since it was second only to the Alexandrian Library in the number of volumes. When the Egyptians stopped exporting their famous papyrus, the locals developed a new kind of paper made with calf-skin which was named after the town and which we still call parchment.

Nearby is the archaeologically significant Asclepion, which was a center for science and healing. The ruins are temples and baths. It was said that if you bathed in the local waters you would dream of Asclepius, who would tell you how to heal yourself. The final important archaeological site in the Bergama area is the Red Basilica, built as a temple to Egyptian gods (likely the Greco-Egyptian Serapis) during the 2nd century AD possibly by Hadrian. The huge building we see today was a part of an even larger complex that was certainly one of the largest in the Roman Empire at the time. In the 5th century AD, it was converted to a Christian Basilica. It is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The Pergamon Archaeological Museum in Bergama features artifacts, sculptures, and models of the acropolis and of the Asclepion.



Photo of Red Basilica by Prioryman

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