Dikili is a coastal town and a district of İzmir Province in the Aegean Region of Turkey. The district is quite picturesque both along its shoreline and in its interior parts and is a popular summer resort. Dikili is a seaside fishing town that is made up of mainly holiday villas and a few hotels. The charming centre with cobbled streets has restaurants, bars and shops.
The center town of Dikili is situated at about 120 km (75 mi) north of İzmir, served by a good road. The notable township of Çandarlı (ancient Pitane) is a depending center and is located close to Dikili.
Dikili has a fine port large enough to accommodate three passenger ships simultaneously, and the port has good land transport connections.
The drive into Dikili from Izmir (once out of the city) offers some spectacular scenery. For most of the journey it is a straight road. Dikili becomes largely deserted in the winter, except for the die-hard residents that live there all year round.
You can get in by boat from the Greek island Lesvos.
The whole area of the district abounds in places of natural beauty as well as spots of historical interest. There is a crater lake in Merdivenli village, and ancient caverns in Demirtaş and Delitaş villages as well as pine forests extending towards the Madra Stream. The area is also famous for its thermal springs, which are in Nebiler, Bademli and Kocaoba villages. Furthermore, the beaches in Bademli and Denizköy localities are important touristic attractions of the region.
Another must see is the Merkez Mosque which is a rare example of a wooden construction dating from 1789. Its particularity is in having been built without using any nails in the construction
Dikili also has a rich history extending back to prehistory, and the ancient and as yet unexplored site of Atarneus is located nearby. The site is called "Atarna" locally.
A small islet within Dikili district (called Garip Adası locally, with ancient sources also citing the name Argounissai) made international headlines in April 2007. The islet is offered for sale by its proprietors and The Guardian reported the Greek islanders of Lesbos raising money among themselves to buy the islet.
The scenery consists of mountains, olive groves, vineyards and cotton fields. See the people working the land; horses and carts are still widely in use. Alternatively, how about the sight of a tractor with about 20 workers hanging on for dear life. This is where you start to get a feel for real Turkish life.
Many cruise ships call at Dikili as a base for visits to Pergamon .
eat fish, vegetables and mezes. drink raki (turkish ouzo) whilst watching sun going down...
There are a few hotels, pensions and private villas.
There are several Hotels and Pensions in Çandarlı that you can stay for very low prices. Candarli is about 15 minutes to Dikili by bus. The hotels in Çandarli and their phone numbers are listed below for further information and reservation :
Simay Motel 37 beds - +90 (232) 6731101
Emirgan Motel 70 beds - +90 (232) 6732500
Philippi Pansiyon 26 beds - +90 (232) 6733053
Tuana Pansiyon 24 beds - +90 (232) 6730315
Senger Pansiyon 20 beds - +90 (232) 6733117
Oral pansiyon 29 beds - +90 (232) 6733122
Gül Pansiyon 20 beds - +90 (232) 6733347
Bağış pansiyon 40 beds - +90 (232) 6732459
|Routes through Dikili|
|Çanakkale ← Ayvalik ←||N S||→ Bergama → Izmir|