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Somewhere to escape to.

As a happening place then you wouldn't pick here but as a quiet day or two away from the city, 60km, then it's ideal in Spring or Autumn but in Summer it does tend to get a bit crowded. Quite a few restaurants dot the quayside, fresh fish is a must with the trawlers bobbing around closeby in the harbour.
Famous for its old lighthouse and its cotton garments.
See transport tips for exact details but although being a 2 hour bus trip,it's worth it just for the beach and you get a small fair thrown in too.
Thought to have been originally founded by Bithynians in the 7th century B.C. all the major kingdoms ruled over it at one time or another.
It has also been called Aschill, Philee, Artene and Kilia in its past.

Built in 1859 this is the main attraction after the beaches and although there is a small castle in the harbour, you can't visit it and it looks in a pretty precarious state.
We unfortunately arrived in the lighthouse keepers lunch hour so had to miss a visit.
On the western part of the town,if you come in by the old road,not the new one which takes you into the heart of the town, you can see lots of tea houses overlooking the bay. I'm sure from the top they look great but from below,some of the support structures look a bit dodgy.

For a long time Sile has been famous for its ( BEZI ) cotton and every year there is a festival at the end of July, which last a few days.
Several shops around the lighthouse and these were hanging outside the gate to it.
Click HERE for a basic map.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beaches look good and a relaxed place.
  • Cons:Current road works in town.
  • In a nutshell:Spectacular no, special yes.
  • Last visit to Sile: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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