Balıkesir is an important tourism destination in the Marmara Region with coasts on both the Aegean and Marmara Seas, unique bays, islets, mountains, and thermal springs.
Erdek town; Kapıdağı Peninsula; Avşa, Marmara, Saraylar and Ekinlik islets should be seen in Balıkesir. You can also visit the Kirazlı Monastery, Kyzikos and Daskyleion ancient cities, and Kuşcenneti National Park (Bird Paradise) in the vicinity of Balıkesir.
Susurluk is a town of Balıkesir where one can enjoy its famous toasted sandwiches “Susurluk Tostu” and ayran (a Turkish drink made of yoghourt).
Zağnos Paşa Mosque and Complex, Kuvayi Milliye Museum and Karesi Bey Tomb are the tourist attractions in the city, and you can enjoy a panoramic view of Balıkesir from Çamlıktepe.
Havran, Edremit, Burhaniye, Gömeç and Ayvalık are the other towns you should visit in Balıkesir. If you travel through the Gulf area by car, you pass through Kazdağları (Ancient Ida Mountain).
In Ayvalık, you can visit Şeytan Sofrası (Devil's Table) and enjoy the marvellous sunset.
It is recommended to try "papalina" (a type of sprat) fish whilst on the Cunda Island (connected by road) of Ayvalık and its famous toasted sandwiches “Ayvalık Tostu”. You can also swim on Sarımsaklı Beach, buy olive oil, and join boat tours.
Edremit town offers thermal and mountain tourism options, whilst the town of Altınoluk lying below the Kazdağları Mountains is famous for its fresh air.
The Tahtakuşlar Ethnography Museum, Antandros Ancient City at the skirts of Kazdağları (Mount Ida) and Şahinderesi Canyon are worth seeing on along the Havran-Edremit-Akçay-Güre-Altınoluk road. Other interesting things to do include joining a trekking tour in the Kazdağı National Park or swimming in the ice-cold waterfalls on the bottom of the Mount Ida.