Şile is at the top of the most preferred tourism centers of Istanbul during the summer period. The Municipality of Şile, which has moved into action to change the face of the district, spread tourism to the whole of the 12 month period and make the villagers of Şile wealthier, has given the start to 3 important projects valued at a total of 75 million Liras in 2016. The objective is to turn Şile into the Saint-Tropez of Istanbul with the ‘Şile Harbor Refurbishment and Recreation Project’, to be built on a 120 thousand square meter area of land.
Products will come from 57 villages
The image which was appeared during the restoration work in the historic Şile Castle last year was likened to the character ‘Sponge Bob’, and the Municipality of Şile had been the target of criticism. Within the scope of the new project, the area which includes the historic Şile Castle, from the marina to the fishermen’s shelters and from the walking – running tracks to the festival and games area, will play host to local and foreign tourists. The marina, which has a capacity for 250 boats, will go into service in the second half of 2016. The most important leg of the project, on the other hand, is the bringing together of the natural agricultural products produced by the villagers from Şile with the rich yacht owners. It has been stated that the products produced in the 57 local villages of Şile and sold in the Şile Natural Products Market, will also come to the new marina where rich local and foreign guests will be able to buy them, with the objective being to make the villagers wealthier.
Şile will be a center of tourism
Can Tabakoğlu, the Mayor of Şile, stated that they wanted to make Şile a tourism town which is alive throughout all four seasons from the natural, ecosystem and economic aspects, and said, “Our aim is to create a Şile which is inhabitable throughout all four seasons. With the marina project, we will gain more green areas, a higher quality of life and new tourism destinations. Local and foreign tourists will make purchases from the products produced by the villagers of Şile and contribute to development.”