Şile is a district of Istanbul located on the Black Sea coastline, 70 km from Istanbul. border in the north east of the Marmara Region, Şile has an extraordinary location surrounded by Kandira in the east, Derince and Gulf in the south, Pendik and Gebze in the south, Çekmeköy in the southwest and Beykoz in the west.
Tourists and locals are attracted to Şile coast and sea, the Sheila region is the best option to spend the most fun holidays. Sile Castle, Sile Lighthouse and Historical Sile Houses, Hanim Fountain, Ottoman Bath and Church ruins, Yenikoy’s Baptistery and Sarikavak and Heciz Castles are among the places worth seeing in Sile, especially in Agva.
Sile is one of the oldest discoveries in Istanbul, serves as a shelter for the Christians who escaped from Roman oppression to Sile's caves. Sile The district has been named Aschil, Philee, Artene, and Kilia in the past.
lighthouse of Sile is the vastest lighthouse in Turkey, Sile island castle ,Yenikoy, bridges, fountains, , the ruins of the church, are the foundation of the Greek in Sile the first name that come to mind when shila is mentioned is Hanım fountain this fountain was built by an Egyptian woman named Hatice Hanım. Also, there is in Sile another called the Kabakoz Fountain, which was built by the Byzantines in 1871 600 years ago, this fountain is one of the most famous fountains of the region.
Şile Lighthouse is an iconic structure of the district, which was built in 1859 during the Ottoman Empire in 1859 on 60 m high rocks. It is one of the two lighthouses providing coastal security in the Black Sea with a history of 156 years. You can also visit the Sile Lighthouse, which serves as a museum today.
Sile Castle (Sile Ocakli Ada Castle), built by the Genoese and used by the Ottomans, Sile Castle was built for surveillance of 100 m2 wide and 12 m high against attacks from the sea. The castle, which is a small clock castle next to Şile Harbor, is another landmark of the region. The previously unknown castle is full of visitors today.
Crying Rock - Ağlayan Kaya
Crying Rock is a water source emerging from stones. The name of the weeping Rock is similar to the flow of tears because Crying Rock is one of the natural beauty of Şile. Located 10 km from the city center and 60 km from the shores of the Black Sea, the charming Aglayan Kaya is 600 meters behind the Sile Lighthouse.
Kumbaba Hill is one of the most important touristic places of Şile. It is an area of red and orange coloured sands on the hill. It is also said that the sands containing Kumbaba Tomb are good for many diseases in the region. According to the story, Kumbaba, who discovered that the sands were good for healing the diseases. The hill named after him and he was buried. The hill, which is 2 km away from Şile, consists of iron-copper alloy and radioactive sands and has been used in the treatment of many rheumatism patients since the Byzantine period.
The Hidden Lake- Saklı Göl
The Hidden Lake, an artificial lake in Karamandere village before reaching Şile, is a favourite of picnickers with its fresh air and scene. Karamandere Saklı Göl Social Facilities serves as a restaurant in Saklı Göl, glowing amidst a lush forest. Here you can enjoy a nice breakfast prepared with local products or have lunch with meats prepared in your own barbecue. It is quite enjoyable to sit on the porches of the resort and hike around the lake after dinner
Ağva is a charming seaside town in the middle of the Göksu and Yeşilçay Rivers. Ağva located in the north of Istanbul. Throughout history, Roman and Ottoman civilizations, such as the Hittite, Phrygian, and crossing point of Agva, literally means "village between two streams" and "water" in Latin. Agva is an indispensable weekend destination of the Marmara region, with its proximity to Istanbul, you can take a canoe or sea bike ride to Göksu and Yeşilçay streams pouring into the Black Sea and take a few hours boat trip. At night you can stay at hotels on the Göksu coast. Hacilli Village, 12 km from Agva, is famous for its caves and waterfalls. Kilimli and Kadırga Bay are very convenient for walking.
Şile Historical Houses
Şile Historical Houses, which have unique structures with their natural splendour’s architecture, So, they are frequently visited by photographers from Istanbul. Sile Historical Houses are made of wood, the typical building design of the area, Şile Historical Houses, are seen in the streets of the city where you can feel the historical beauty of Şile in the 19th century. In addition to two-storey houses that can accommodate large families, you can visit many Byzantine churches and monasteries in Sile, as well as Ottoman mosques, inns and baths. Also, bridges, fountains and baptistery ruins of the Greeks in Yeniköy are the structures that reveal the glorious history of the region
Degirmencayırı Waterfall, 33 km away from Şile, is located southwest of Değirmen Çayırı Village and on the border of Şile-Gebze districts. You can reach Degirmencayırı Waterfall, Hacıllı Waterfall and Eleven Lakes Valley, which can be reached by a half-hour journey from the city center. During your trip in the valley, you can see the lined waterfall and lake close to 11 lakes and waterfalls together. Walking in the nature is the best way to watch the natural beauty of Şile. All of these waterfalls deserve to be visited
Şile Beaches are famous of high sea waves sea of specially afternoon waves are high in Aglayan Kaya Beach, which consists of a narrow blue flag bay in Sile. The beach, where the waves sometimes approach one meter, is ideal for those who like to serving the waves. Sile Beaches is located in the center of Şile, Ayazma Beach has a clean beach and sea. Kumbaba Beach also has charming coastline, camping, and caravan areas.
The region dates go back to the caves in Şile, which provide shelter for Christians who escaped from the Roman oppression, dates back to the Polished Stone Age according to the researches. In the area, there are many natural caves suitable for human life such as Bölgede Ocaklı Cave, Tersane Cave, Fener altı Cave, Akşam Güneş Cave and Tavanlı Caves
Şile and Ağva are charming districts of Istanbul. It is an ideal idea for those in Istanbul and want to escape from chaos of the city, especially on weekends. Şile and Ağva are located on the Black Sea coastline, 70 km from Istanbul. The district, which has many historical and natural splendours to visit, is ideal for a peaceful few days.