Black Sea Resorts close to Istanbul - Kilyos Sile Agva Polonezkoy
Sile70km from Uskudar , Sile is perched on a cliff-top overlooking a bay and the white sandy beaches that stretch far out to the west. Ever since the main road was built from here to Asian Istanbul development has grown enabling people to commute into the city for work or have a summer house to use at the weekends.
The town becomes vastly overcrowded in the summer months and is best avoided at this time and has a few ordinary hotels though most visitors tend to move on elsewhere.
Apart from tourism Sile is known for the production of cheesecloth ( Sile Cloth ) that the local women embroider by hand and sell all over Turkey.
Getting to SileThere are several buses run here daily from Uskudar.
Agva50km east of Sile is the less developed and quieter village of Agva. The village is situated between two rivers, Yezilcay and Goksu, the fish from which provide a living for the local community. There is a fine golden sand beach but the underwater current here is dangerous and not recommended to swim in. A few hotels with fish restaurants attached are available.
Getting to AgvaThe bus that runs from Uskudar to Sile continues the hour long journey to here.
Polonezkoy20km from Uskudar , Polonezkoy (“Village of the Poles”) was established in 1848 by Prince Czartorisky, leader of the Polish Nationals, when granted exile by the Ottoman Empire. He set out along with other exiles to establish a union of Balkan races that included Hungarians, Romanians, Circassians (was part of Russia) and Turks to counteract Pan Slavic growth.
The village has attracted many famous visitors such as Pope John Paul I and Lech Walesa and became known to tourists in the 1970s. After the Bosphorus Bridge was built it became fashionable for the Istanbul residents to own a second home here.
A few of the original Central European style wooden houses with balconies and flower gardens remain. The village and surrounding area has been designated a national park and has reduced the development that was threatening to spoil the nearby countryside. There is a 4.5km track north of the village that you can walk or jog which takes you through the forest of pine, oak and hornbeam trees with little wooden bridges crossing over the streams.
The hotels here can be fairly expensive.
Getting to PolonezkoyThere is no public transport to get you here.
KilyosThis is the nearest resort on the European side of the Bosphorus . This once Greek fishing village has sadly surrendered to a wave of holiday home construction. There is a medieval Genoese castle currently occupied by the Turkish army and therefore off limits to the public. There is nothing else of interest here except the Kilyos Beach.
Getting to KilyosRegular buses and dolmus run from Sariyer to here.
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