Balıkesir is an important tourism destination in the Marmara Region with coasts on both the Aegean (Ege) and Marmara Sea (Marmara Denizi) unique bays, islets, mountains and thermal springs.
Balıkesir is one of the most important centres of cultural tourism with its monasteries, cemeteries, museums and ancient cities.
Heart-warming thermal spring waters and traditional handicrafts 55km southwest of Bandırma is Gönen, one of Türkiye’s most important thermal resorts.
The fact that Balıkesir is located in an important geography for olive, grain and legume production, with coasts to the two different seas and the unique nature of the region are reflected in the city's culinary culture.
The Kuş Cenneti (Bird Paradise) National Park near Lake Manyas is an ornithological site where 266 different species of bird’s flourish – every year over three million birds fly through this reserve.
You can feel the aesthetics of nature with mythological stories in Kaz Mountain National Park with its magnificent views, relaxing forests and many hot springs.