Ağva, also known as Yeşilçay, is a small and popular tourist destination in the Şile district of İstanbul Province. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to Agva from Istanbul depending on traffic. The distance is just 97km from the centre of Istanbul and Şile is just 38km away. Ağva is a popular weekend destination and lies where the two rivers of Goksu and Yesilcay meet. The name Ağva when translated means “between two rivers”.

Although this is fairly quiet by comparison with Sile, the beautiful surrounding countryside, beach, rivers and good restaurants, make this an ideal place to chill out and relax. I wouldn’t come here looking for clubbing or any form of nightlife but the picturesque scenery and 2.5 km long beach make it all worthile. Tourists visiting Avga are generally conservative Turkish families

There are boat excursions along the Göksu River and if you are going to visit one of the restaurants along the riverbanks then look for those that offer a menu with prices or you might get over charged. Like all small coastal towns along the Black Sea coast, the winter population of locals is much smaller by comparison to how busy it gets in the summer months.

Once known for supplying charcoal to Istanbul, Ağva now relies on its agricultural products of vegetables and fruits and of course tourism. Quite a few well known Turkish films have captured the beauty of the local area and the Yeşilçay Drinking Water Plant provides Istanbul with a constant supply of clean drinking water.

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