Ayvalık is a hidden treasure of natural beauty within Turkey. It has a rich cultural heritage which makes the city rich from many aspects. The only place where 18 inhabited islands live peacefully. Many famous Turkish contemporary artists such as Fikret Mualla, Orhan Peker and Ara Güler have inhabited in the city.

The creator of ‘’La Maison de Barbara’’; Mr Şerif Kaynar belongs to a large Ayvalık family going back to Sezai Ömer Madra and Şevket Osman Karaca.