Balıkesir is an important center of attraction in Turkey with its natural and cultural values. Actually, Balıkesir is a city of opportunities in terms of tourism. Balıkesir ranks 7th in Turkey in terms of ministry certified facilities and 4th in terms of municipal certified facilities.
Although it is not possible to calculate the number of local tourists coming to Balıkesir precisely, according to the bed capacity made without considering the 2nd houses, approximately 3 million local tourists are hosted according to the calculation. It is seen that 300 thousand foreign tourists spend the night.
Except for the Islands, we have a 175 km coastline on the shores of the Marmara Sea and 115 km on the Aegean Sea shores. In the Sea of Marmara; The islands of Marmara, Avşa, Ekinlik, Paşalimanı and 22 islands of various sizes in the Aegean Sea are within the borders of Balıkesir.
The number of Blue Flag beaches is 19, the number of Blue Flag marinas is 1, and the number of Blue Flag yachts is 1, which is the symbol of safe swimming on the coasts of Balıkesir.
Koca Seyit Airport in Edremit allows easy access to important tourism regions of Balıkesir such as Akçay, Ayvalık and Burhaniye.
There are important natural wonders such as Kaz Mountains, Kapıdağ Peninsula, Alaçam Mountains, Madra Mountain. All mountains, especially Mount Ida, and its surroundings have the world’s leading ecosystem. Kaz Mountains and its surroundings are the second oxygen store after the Alps.
Bird Paradise National Park has (A) Class European Diploma and is a unique place worth seeing.
Ayvalık-Center and Islands surroundings and Marmara Island and the submarine natural beauties around it; Erdek coast and Kapıdağ Peninsula are unique tourism centers.
There are thermal water resources in almost all districts of Balıkesir that will serve as a source for alternative tourism. For example; Gönen, Manyas, Edremit Bigadiç, Sındırgı, Susurluk and Merkez Pamukçu and Balya Ilıca Thermal springs and thermal facilities in these areas are on the way to be the number one in Turkey as indispensable attraction centers.
Gönen Center, Gönen Ekşidere, Edremit Güre, Susurluk Kepekler, Manyas Kızık, Bigadiç Hisarköy and Sındırgı Hisaralan, which are among the regions where thermal resources are located, have been declared as a thermal tourism center with the decision of the Council of Ministers.
The most important tourism locomotive of Balıkesir, Edremit Bay Region, from Altınova to Altınoluk, this region has sea, sand, sun, history, thermal resources, lush olive and pine forests, endemic plant species, the legendary beauty of Kazdağları and its abundant oxygen. It is the most beautiful and healthiest tourism attraction center in the world