Named after a hero of the Turkish War of Independence, Alibey Island (Alibey Adası), known to locals as Cunda Island (Cunda Adası) or just Cunda, faces Ayvalık across the water. Linked to the mainland by a causeway (it can be reached by car, ferry or dolmuș), it’s generally regarded as a quieter extension of Ayvalık itself, with residents of both communities regularly shuttling back and forth between the two.
The ferry docks at a small quay lined with fish restaurants. Behind these sits a small, distinguished-looking town made up of old (and in parts rather dilapidated) Greek stone houses. As with Ayvalık, the people here were compelled into a population exchange in the early 1920s, in this instance with Muslims from Giritli (Crete).
The northern part of the island forms the Patriça Nature Reserve, you’ll see the ruins of the Greek Ayışığı Manastırı (Moonlight Monastery) on an offshore island as you head out there.
Just to the east of the ferry pier is the town’s main square. Behind the square is a small tourist market with stalls selling jewellery and other trinkets.