Silivri is a city close to Istanbul. It is popular as a weekend getaway location and many residents of Istanbul have holiday homes here. Known in ancient Greek as Selymbria, it is the second largest district of Istanbul after Çatalca. In a straight line Silivri is just 62 km from Istanbul but around 85km by road. It will take you approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes by car. Silivri is also known for being the home to Turkey’s most modern prison complex which is also the largest in Europe.
Silivri has been home to the ancient Greeks, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans. Silivri today is a vibrant and modern town with a 45 km beach that soaks up the summer tourists from Istanbul. It used to be a much more popular destination but people are travelling further afield now and the sea around Silivri does suffer from pollution. In the city centre you have shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and pubs, much the same as you would find in most Turkish towns and cities. There are plenty of resort hotels, health spas and some sports activities. The centre of Silivri does not have a great deal to offer in the way of theatres or cultural amenities. There is a distinct lack of historical buildings.
When visiting Silivri be sure to check out the Piri Pasa Mosque, The Silivri Castle and the Long Bridge ( Uzunköprü ). In the harbour and quaysie you can find fresh fish and numerous restaurants. The tree lined sea front area with its palm trees and grassy walkways is very popular in the evenings.
Silivri used to be famous for its yoghurt. The once popular yoghurt festival is no longer held every year and the importance and influence of yoghurt on the city has diminished. Silivri is not going to win any tourist destination awards and there is very little in the way of historic attractions nearby. However, you have all that in Istanbul. Silivri is a good place to stay the night if you are trying to avoid Istanbul.
Places to stay
Silivri Öğretmen Evi, Atatürk Caddesi 32, 34570 Silivri. Tel: 0212 727 79 26.