Beach

Beach

The Hayıtlı Cove; oxygen-rich air, magnificent sea, an enchanting landscape surrounded by nature containing all shades of green, has a unique image with its structure resembling an amphitheater. Across the cove, there are Garip and Kalem Islands. Hayıtlı, a natural bay, was a harbor in ancient times. Linked with Lesbos in those times, the bay hosted many ships on stormy days. Thus the name became “The Hayıtlı Port”.

Between the years 431-404 BC, the Peloponnesian wars took place in Hayıtlı. In this war between Sparta and Athens, Spartans conquered supremacy by starting rebellion in the Aegean cities, and defeated Athens in the naval warfare in Ayvalık offshore. Athenian fleet withdrew and took refuge in Lesbos. Spartan fleet hit Athens by raiding Lesbos. Athens navy asked for reinforcements from the headquarters. Supporting navy forces arrived to the Garip and Kalem Islands and accommodated at the Port of Hayıt. Athenian fleet started the war preparations here and built a fire in the darkness of the night which drew the attention of the Spartans in Lesbos. To raid the place, Spartans set sail but they got stuck at the storm. The next morning during the sea war, Spartan naval commander Kallikratidas fell into the sea and disappeared. Having lost their navy commander, Spartans got weak and Athens returned home with victory.

The Port of Hayıt is the largest shelter of sailors even today. This bay where the seafarers accommodated at the stormy days took the name “Port of Hayıt” by the local people as it is covered with Hayıt Plant (Chaste Berry) all over the river banks of Karadağ’s Valleys.