Okay, there's nothing
really wrong with Bandırma,
the city on the southern shore of
of Marmara (map).
It's the transfer
ferries to/from Istanbul,
train to İzmir, and buses to/from Çanakkale,
the Dardanelles and
the northern Aegean
You can spend a pleasant few hours
in Bandırma (bahn-DUHR-mah,
pop. 80,000), but
most travelers are just passing through.
The ferry docks right
in the center of town have their own train
station for travelers going
between Istanbul and İzmir by
ferryboat and train.
terminal (otogar) is
up the hill away from the docks, near
the highway. More...
Bandırma has hotels and restaurants within
walking distance of the ferry docks,
but few tourists stay here, preferring
to move on to where they really want
on buses and trains, distances and
travel times to
and from Bandırma.
—by Tom Brosnahan
mostly a modern, concrete city.
These are among the very few