Web Site: www.sile.bel.tr
Located about an hour's drive from Istanbul on the Asian side of the Black Sea coast, Sile is one of the most popular summertime vacation spots for those wanting to escape the heat and chaos of the city. Sile has been a fishing village since 700 BC.
With a resident population of around 33,000, swelling to far greater numbers as the weather warms up, this is a destination that many city dwellers own summer houses in, and it also a place that people come for a day trip to enjoy a garden barbecue at one of the many roadside grill houses.
Sile is famous for its Ottoman era lighthouse and the cotton cloth it produces. Despite the cold water temperatures and a tendency to rain, Sile's sandy beaches, forests and parks make for popular picnic spots. There are also plenty of bars, nightclubs, cafes and eateries including some quality seafood restaurants which overlook the sea from the clifftop. The bars tend to get busier at weekends.