Avsa

To set the sun in Avsa…

Sunset in Ibiza Island of Spain living the tourism season for 12 months is sold as a tourism product. However, the tourism season of the Avsa Island famous for the splendid sunsets lasts just two months… And despite its close location to Istanbul…

If you wish to contemplate the sun painting the horizon, go to Avsa. If you wish to live the loneliness, go to Avsa. When you are bored with loneliness, go to Avsa to multiply yourself with colours. If you wish to know how you become a child, go to Avsa. If you wish to perceive how the universe is big and how a great artist it is, go to Avsa. But you should go to Avsa absolutely in September.

Go to Avsa

Go to Avsa in September and live the peaceful loneliness with the sunset in the middle of the island loneliness. Go to Avsa in order not to permit the concerns left behind to haunt you again.

If you wish to contemplate fully the show of the wonderful colours penetrating into your eyes with the skill of a magician by breathing deeply the smell of the sea, go to Avsa. Go to Avsa in order to contemplate the sky covered with the most fascinating tones of red with the sun becoming a red fire ball, first very light yellow and then gradually turning to saffron yellow and announcing “drinking time” and to be surprised by the landscape of the sea becoming a fire place due to the sun. Go to A vsa in order to witness the play of the sky and the sea burnt by the sun with the colour of deep blue dancing with the blue touched by the colour of blood red and sour cherry red and then this hot red. And please don “t put out the extraordinary colours laying from the line of the horizon to the surface of the sea like a carpet, breaking on the shore with little waves and penetrating into you through a hot red road; let yourself be burnt… and go to Avsa with this purpose…

Then…

Then… go to Avsa to get rid of “the sorrow covering the happiness like a crust” elaborated in the poem of “Oh Indeed!” by Edip Cansever, to find the magic key opening the doors leading from the exterior to the interior when the evening breeze shivering the surface of the sea mixed with the colours revives you… Go to Avga in order to revive and to contemplate with your naked inner and outer parts the most wonderful show of the world staged modestly each afternoon in a sincere atmosphere without protocole and without any recompense… Go to Avsa in order to perceive the value of the gifts offered punctually… Go to Avsa in order to submerge in the sun and the beauties…

A source of fertility

The island witnessing the joy of the sun in the afternoon with the sea, sky, clouds and the waves breaking on the shore is a source of fertility. You should go to Avsa to see this fertility and to hear too the sad story of those who preferred to sell their lands to the summer residents and leave the island instead of benefiting eternally from this fertility in a peaceful atmosphere. You should go to Avsa to see too how this beautiful legacy of those cultivating vineyards for the wine, olive, fig, oleaster, apricot, almond and walnut trees is spoiled. Go to Avsa to realise that the fertility appropriate to be transformed to a tourism product is a sustainable development source and those who neglect it cannot do an effective tourism business… And when you are back again to the city and “you look at the rigid crowds ’ with the eyes of Cansever, find a road inside you leading to Avsa… Go to Avsa where the ways of linking the tourism with the fertility of the soil and the sunset are not missing…

The past and the present of Avsa

The island formed by breaking off the Kapidagi Peninsula had respectively the names of Ofiousa, Fisia, Ophiussa Afousia, Adusia and Afissia in different eras. Afissia became Avsa in Turkish in time. The Greek natives of the island emigrated to Greece during the Exchange of Populations in 1924 and Turkish people brought from the Cretan Island were settled on the soils left by Greeks. In July and August, the population of Avsa increases suddenly to around 80 thousands with the summer residents coming from Istanbul and the holiday makers of middle and lower classes. When these visitors leave at the end of August, the population decreases to 2 thousands. The island has such a tourism. Although it’s very close to Istanbul, the journey takes 5-6 hours by boat and 3 hours by sea bus. The people of Avsa were dealing with apricot, fig, almond and oleaster production and fishing in addition to vineyard and olive cultivation until 1970s when they became acquainted with the tourism. The lands covered with vineyards and olive trees on the shore looking out on the Marmara Island have been sold for the summer houses construction. The remaining vineyards are on the valleys far from the sea. Wine is produced out of these grapes growing on these vineyards. The tourism of the island is dependent on the guesthousekeeping and summer residents. In Avsa administratively linked to the Marmara Island which, in turn, is administratively linked to Bahkesir, the tourism lasts only 2 months despite the high quality oxygen on the sea level, the wonderful sunset, the clean sea and beaches, affordable hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, wine houses, entertainment places and other products

 

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