One of the two major beach getaways for Istanbulite's on the Black Sea (the other being the European side's Kilyos), Şile is your prototypically sleepy town during the winter and a magnet of seaside excitement when the warm weather strikes.
Located 70 km from the heart of Istanbul, you can be to Şile in about an hour via public transport from the city's Üsküdar district, enjoying any of a number of its beaches along the chilly Black Sea. Once you're in town, it's all about the coastal attractions, whether you're up for an afternoon dance party or a day of surfing at Aquabeach, a walk along the picturesque Şile Limanı (port) with its dinners served straight from the fishing boats, or a boat ride to the rocky outcroppings of the sea to view Byzantine ruins of Şile Castle up close. The main beach is Ağlayan Kaya, although there are a handful of beach clubs that include the aforementioned Aquabeach and Life Beach, and Fusa Beach that will charge a fee for their amenities. Lastly, the greatest landmark in town is the old lighthouse overlooking the water, the black-and-white striped Şile Feneri. The views from the top provide a breathtaking perspective of the Black Sea coast.
Note:Be careful when swimming in the Black Sea, particularly in areas that aren't watched by lifeguards, since the undertow can get dangerously strong in some areas.