Small mosque is located just nearby square where bus from Istanbul makes the last stop in Sile. Husein Kecici mosque is interesting in its interior with Iznik blue tiles, also it looks more provincial, as interior reminds home.
I haven't found any facts about this mosque: the history of it, any other interesting things.
Here, near this mosque, Uskudar street starts, that goes to Sile pier and castle sites near Black sea. Probably it is the main tourist place in Sile, with restaurant, small shops, mansions to rent.
Rocks are special due to the fact that it “houses” also water spring. As water flows, its water looks like human eye drops, so that’s why the name is like that.
Overall Sile seashore is quite rich in various nice looking rocks, also with a castle ruins on one of it.
Lighthouse was built in Ottoman period, in 1859. It is famous as it is the biggest lighthouse in Turkey, 19 meters high. In some literature it is written it is second biggest lighthouse in the World, but I personally hardly could say so :)
The lighthouse seems to function as restaurant, quite interesting one, as in the area together with restaurant tables you could see also domestic animals as geese, chicken, cats.
The place offers nice view into the sea and rocks around.
Sile castle that could now be seen only as ruins on the rock of Black sea shore was constructed already in Byzantine Empire times. In some literature castle is also named as Genoese fortress that shows it was used by Italian origin people.
In Ottoman times it was also used, the main aim was to guard Black sea shore. Nowadays it is possible, as it seems, to get to the castle ruins only by funicular, as ruins are on separate rock in the sea.
It is, I should say, the main landmark of Sile.
It is nice idea to put monument for soldiers, who originally were from Sile, but died in different battlefields, including famous Galipoli (First World War campaign, Great Britain, France against Ottoman Empire).
The monument consists of plates with soldier names and the place where they lost lives. This sight looks quite new one, probably put here in the last decade.
Quad biking (ATV Safari)
MUST be over 16 years old.
15 minute theory,15 bike practical,Guides front and rear, then 90 minutes biking.
19,30-21,00 or until the sun starts to go down.
Cost 70 Ytl per person.
Paintball, minimum 3+3 people,max 6+6.
Cost 30 Ytl per person with 50 paintballs, extra cost 7.5 ytl per 50.
Picture and videos on the web pages, sorry but only in Turkish.
Originally thought to have been built by the Byzantines, it was of course then used by the Ottomans.
Measuring 10m² and 12 meters high, it sits on Ocakliada now no longer connected to the mainland and is in pretty poor condition.
Currently probably not visitable but it looks as though they are working on it as there is a small suspended trolley connected to it
Many caves around the area of Sile and fleeing Christians did hide in surrounding caves especially in Kizilca, Inkese, Sofular and Gurlek. The last being used by the Romans in the 3rd century A.D. to imprison many.
One of the most tangible landmarks of Sile, built in 1859.
It stands on the Eastern side of Sile and is 19 m high, with 75 stairs to tempt the fit.
Not used any more but the light was visible for 20 miles.
Nice views out over the Black Sea with a handy cafe below on the promontory.
Open daily from May 1 - August 31,10.00-16.00.
Open daily EXCEPT Monday, September 1 - April 30,same times.
Entry is free.
Although there is nothing much to do in Sile except experience the Sea...we definitely liked the light house. Its one old structure and is rated as the 2nd biggest light house in Europe (I am not sure if that is true). There is a small museum inside the light house which hosts objects which were used to guide and control ships in the past decades. Do visit it and I am sure you cannot miss it. Its a short walk from Siraz, the famous restaurant.
Strolling around Sile Feneri, I saw the sign for it's tea-garden.... started to laugh and said to my turkish friend "ohh, so the football teams name is Lighthouse Garden" :o)
Fener Bahce in Sile is NOT the blue and yellow football team from Istanbul.
Fener = Lighthouse
Bahce = Garden
This tea-garden is laying on the little gras hill behind the Lighthouse. More like a nice park with lots of places to sit down and enjoy something from the bar-kiosk.
You can sit on litle stone-stols, wooden benches and even some wodden barrels too among lots of different trees. There are also a lot of diferente antique things (see the lower part of photo) spread through out the garden.
AND not to forget AN AMAZING VIEW over the Black Sea!!! The garden layes on the edges on the steep, high cliff. You can also see down to the inner part of the harbour.
More photos of Sile Feneri and teagarden in my Sile Travelogues
This famous Lighthouse is laying on top of high cliffes next to the Black Sea.
A stone next to the Lighthouse gate tell you the history in turkish and english (photo and text in other tip).
It was built in 1858-1859 and searching for more info at the net I found out it has been in use for 138 years. Last shining lights must have been in 1997.
When we visited a sunday afternoon the gate was closed so I'm not sure if your allowed inside or not. But it's a great visit walking around the Lighthose, looking out over the Black Sea and maybe have a tea (or coffe) in the nice garden there.
This is the englis text at the stone;
According to the international Standart the Lighthouse of Sile is the biggest sea lighthouse in Turkey. It was built during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecit betveen the years 1858-1859 its metallic and erystalcomponents were produced in France by a company named Barbir Located in Paris There are eight Lenses illuminatcd by an electric lamp with a capacity of 1000 watts The Light can be seen from a distance of 20 miles The Light of the height
The Lighthouse is 19 meters from its base with 75 stairs to reach the top. It has become the symbol of Sile due to its historical structure and its unique characteristics.
Agva is full of different varieties of mushrooms during autumn. The local people know the edible ones. You can ask for help from them and pick some mushrooms with them.
We have found several of Boletus Edulis (say this way cept or porcini). It is a great adventure. We had our books and we did not pick the ones that we were not sure about. Even the ones we were sure, after picking them we did not eat them :)
WARNING : If you do not know mushrooms, do not even touch them. They can be deadly poisonous!!!!!
Close your eyes and imagine: Sleeping on the hammocks, hearing the birds singing, smelling the nature. Sun is giving small kisses on your face...
10 meters far from you, people are fishing, some are reading their books, others are playing games...
From far you hear the engines of the Black Sea fishermen's boats... They are coming back from the sea, their boats are full of fish...
The hotel employees are cutting wood and preparing the fire for the night. You are thinking of having your warm wine by the fire under the stars in the garden...