Dursunbey, formerly Balat , is a town and district of Balıkesir Province in the Marmara region of Turkey. Population is 16,924.(as of 2010) . Dursunbey is noted for its wood and apples. Besides, it is also noted for its Alaçam Mountains, Alaçam pine trees and mines.

HISTORY:

            The environ of Dursunbey was called  ‘Abriettene’ during the Roman Empire. Especially the centre of Abriettene –Dursunbey was called  ‘ Hadrianeia’. During the Roman Empire, Hadrianeia( Dursunbey) was an important place of mint where money is produced.

            The name Hadrianeia is originated from ‘ Hadrian’ –the famous Roman Empire. He ruled his Empire for 21 years in peace. He was loved by his people as he valued peace and art in his country. Dursunbey was called ‘Hadrianeia’  in honor of Hadrian. It’s estimated that Hadrianeia ( Dursunbey) was founded in 131-132 A.D.

CULTURE :

            Dursunbey has rich cultural values. 'Barana' is the name of folk dancing and it is one of the cultural elements  in Dursunbey. It is fascinating to watch Barana in Dursunbey.

CLIMATE :

            In consequence of the altitude and being covered by high mountains, Dursunbey is far away from naval breeze. So it is cooler in summer and it is colder in winter. It has a terrestrial climate.So, it is cold in winter and it is hot in summer. There is so much falling in spring and in winter in Dursunbey.

 

HOW YOU CAN GO TO DURSUNBEY? ( Road and Transfer Information) :

            The transportation of Dursunbey is generally provided from Balıkesir. The distance between Balıkesir and Dursunbey is 75 kms. It is possible to reach Balıkesir by bus in every hour and by train, two times a day. In addition, you can reach Bursa and Kütahya two times a day by bus regularly. Besides you can reach Manisa, İzmir, Eskişehir and Ankara by train two times a day.

            The distance of İstanbul Atatürk Airport from Dursunbey is 456 kms and it takes six and a half hour. You can take a bus from İstanbul to Balıkesir (Dursunbey).

 

WHERE YOU CAN GO IN DURSUNBEY?

            1- Su Çıktı:  Su çıktı is a fountainhead and it is a natural beauty. It is in the centre of Dursunbey, so you can reach there easily, have a rest and have a good time there. Besides, every year, it has been arranged ' Su Çıktı Poetry Nights' in Su Çıktı.

            2- Mountain Tourism: Dursunbey has many sightseeings and these offer possibilities to mountain tourism. Especially , 'Yayla' is the most important of them. There are some protected places for animals and for sightseeing there. You can go and stay in Yayla, and have a good mountain holiday there.

            3- Picnic Spots: There are also many beautiful places and picnic spots in Dursunbey. Pembeköşk, Meşekent, Çınarlıpınar and Değirmenek are some of them.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

            You can stay in Dursubey ;

  1. Dursunbey Öğretmenevi
  2. Hotel Balat