Gönen is a district of Balıkesir Province of Turkey, in the southern part of Marmara Sea. The town is mostly known for its therapeutic hot springs, leather processing and rice production.There are regular bus routes to and from Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir. Sea and train routes are available by transfer in Bandırma. Using available high speed ferry services, it takes 2 hours to reach Istanbul. The only train route available is to İzmir, but this is mostly used for cargo, rather than passenger transportation. Local air service is available through Bursa. International flights are handled through İstanbul and İzmir.Gönen is 80 km northwest of Balikesir.
Hot Springs (Kaplıca) — Gönen is mostly known for its thermal springs which have been in continuous use since the Romans. Temperature of the slightly alkaline thermal water is 52°C, with a pH value of 7.36. The thermal water is hyperthermal, and hypertonic, and is known to contain copious amounts of sulphur, chlorine, bicarbonate, and sodium. It can be applied both internally (i.e. by drinking) and externally (i.e. by having a bath). It’s said to help heal liver, gall bladder and kidney ailments by drinking, and rheumatism, infections of the large intestine, hardening of the arteries and neurological and vascular complications by bathing.
The town is also known for its leather processing,crochet needle work, rice milk and cheese production. Gönen also have coast to Marmara Sea where people can swim. There also a big Gönen Dam Lake that people can fish and a horse farm for horsing.
Manyas Lake (Bird Lake) is an important nationa park for breeding and wintering waterbirds. It named as “Bird Paradise) It occupies a special place among Turkey's national parks, since the only reason for its classification as a national park are its bird colonies. There are more than 270 species of birds have been recorded at the lake.