Bozcaada (Tenedos) – awaking Turkish island in the Aegean Sea
Bozcaada (the old Greek Tenedos) is a Turkish island in the north-eastern part of the Aegean Sea. It is the third-largest island in Turkey. Of late, Bozcadaa has become a popular tourist destination. Many tourists are flocking to Bozcaada, attracted to its somber, natural appeal with beaches, swimming pools and green plantations. As a place that is sparsely populated and not swarming with tourists, it is the perfect place for a vacation. The main economic industries in Bozcaada are tourism, fishing, and wine production. The Mediterranean climate with strong, cool winds makes for a soothing environment.
Bozcaada was formerly known as Tenedos, an ancient island that finds mentions in the Iliad. It has a rich history that involves Turk and Greek societies. To this day, not much archaeological interference has taken place in Bozcaada. Its rich history has been conserved by local communities. On the Island, you will find rustic houses with an old-timey charm and historic sites like the Bozcaada Castle Fortress. This is one of the largest citadels in the region and was built and expanded by Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish rulers.
People and Daily Life
As of now, Bozcaada’s population is a mere 3500. It is inhabited mostly by Greek and Turkish people. The town is divided into quarters for different ethnic groups. The Greek quarters have a more modern architecture while Turkish areas have older designs based on ancient times.
Traditional economic activities in the region are viniculture and tourism. Some younger islanders have also recently started investing in cafes, restaurants and hotels for tourists. Wine production is an ancient tradition of the island. It is speculated that almost all houses on the island have a small to a large vineyard.
Fishing is also an important industry here. Squid and octopus are abundantly available and have slowly become symbolic of the island. Local fishing takes place year-round. Agriculture is usually centered around olive and wheat crops.
Things to Do in Bozcaada
As a tourist in Bozcaada, there will be plenty to do. However, it is best to relax and wind down in the area. The pleasant climate, charming streets and simplicity of rural life will be enough to please you.
Here are some things you can consider doing in Bozcada:
- Rent a bike and explore all the nooks and corners of the island. Visit the beautifully made churches and mosques. The hilly terrain will make for a fun and exciting venture.
- Bozcaada has a lovely, clean sea with beaches that are not usually over-crowded. Ayazma Beach is a sight to take in with its calm, turquoise waters and fine sands. You can also go deep-sea diving or jet skiing at almost all the beaches.
- Take the mini-bus island tour that takes you to all the exciting places on the island, stopping at the Payroz Harbor.
- You can also partake in some shopping at the local street markets that sell a wide variety of products, ranging from homemade jams, spices, jewelry, clothing and local street food.
Bozcaada is a short drive from Istanbul. The island with its natural beauty and rustic charms is surely a treasure in Turkey. It is a place that has been safe from corporate tourist expansion, which makes it a must-visit for all travel enthusiasts.