Agva: Magical Backyard of Istanbul

Are you looking for a break from Istanbul’s crowd and rush? We know just the place for you. Agva is welcoming you with open arms; offering the peaceful harmony of green and blue, lots of fresh air and many different activities to have fun. Do not miss your chance to see the Louisiana of Istanbul, sitting on the shores of the Black Sea and displaying the most exquisite views of Goksu River.

Where is Agva ?

Agva stands within the boundaries of Sile, in the northern part of Istanbul. It is a quite nice getaway point for Istanbulites and the visitors of Istanbul.

When should I visit Agva?

Agva has a lot to offer in each season for peace-seekers. You can visit in winter and have great time chilling around the fireplace, in autumn you can enjoy the amazing views while taking a walk along the forests. If you are more into activities like camping or hiking you may prefer summer; but you should definitely see the blooming Judas trees in spring.

How can I go to Agva?

Agva is in 105 kilometers away from Istanbul. You can take a quick drive with your individual car; or you can always use public transportation or catch the commercial bus that is having roundtrip tours between Istanbul and Agva.

Where can I stay in Agva?

Agva has a lot to offer when it comes to accommodation. As mentioned before, there are camping sites where you can stay in your tent and watch the stars in nocturnal sky. You can also prefer wooden hotels built on the Goksu River and enjoy the mesmerizing views looking like a real-life postcard or you can stay in bungalows surrounded by the green forests and rivers.

What will I see in Agva?

Well, this is a great question with multiple answers. Agva has great places to visit, actually some of the best in Turkey when it comes to natural wonders. One thing is for sure; whatever you will be doing, you will store up a great deal of oxygen.

First of all, Agva’s name comes from Aqua as you may have guessed. That is because it is surronded by two river named Goksu and Yesilcay and one sea that is the Black Sea. So, it is no surprise that you will see a lot of water around; but with a slight difference. The aquatic scenes here are serenaded by the amazing views of the forests and many great beaches and bays. You may feel like you are in a Miyazaki movie.

If you are in a mood for swimming, the great beaches of Kurfalli and Kadirga are at your service. If you are looking for a more secluded place, Kilimli Bay is your location with its peaceful nature and scenic surroundings. Do not forget to stop by at Kurıdere Waterfalls to enjoy the heaven on earth feeling while watching the misty wonders.

You can take a walk along in the heart of nature, daydream and clear your mind with the companionship of the glorious trees in the forest. You can rent a bike and ride along the shores or you can take a boat tour on the river and get inspired.

Saying Goodbye

Leaving this paradise-like place should not be easy. This is why Agva is waiting for you throughout the year as a shrine of peace to put a smile on your face.

Top attractions in Agva

Hagia Sophia

Istanbul is the home of many significant landmarks. Hagia Sophia is definitely one of the most important ones; as it is not only a very valuable legacy for Turkish citizens and Muslims, but also a sacred place of pilgrimage for Christians.

Topkapi Palace

It is said that 4000 people were living in Ottoman sultans’ houses. How? How big can a house be?

Sultanahmet Square

Can you imagine horses occupying the heart of the city? In the heart of Istanbul, there is Sultanahmet Square that is also known as the Horse Square. The neighborhood earned this title because of the fact that in Byzantian times, the square was used for chariot races.

Hippodrome Istanbul

Imagine yourself time-travelled, you are watching a chariot race in the heart of Istanbul old city. This may seem unlikely; but you can still discover the historical arena, Hippodrome, and learn about its mysteries.

Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul is a city with great history coming from many dynasties reigned on its lands. There it is no surprise it hosts some of the most glorious landmarks. Dolmabahce Palace is one of them, standing on the Bosphorus strait with all its elegance.

Blue Mosque ( Sultan Ahmed Mosque )

Istanbul has a great reputation of historical landmarks, especially the ones that gracefully garnish old city area. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is of course no exception.

Beyoglu District

Istanbul is known as a city that never sleeps. great city with never-ending fun and hustle. And Beyoglu District is one of the places that makes this great city own this title. Istanbul’s liveliest neighborhood Beyoglu offers you a lot to discover.

Taksim Square

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Camlica Hill

Istanbul is the city with seven hills, such a convenience to enjoy the city's amazing silhoutte! Camlica Hill is one of the best places to admire Istanbul's amazing scenes from Bosphorus to old city. Therefore it is called ``the balcony of Istanbul`` and the hill earns the title so graciously.


Istanbul has been the host of a vibrant Jewish community for over 1,000 years. After the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II conquered Istanbul, he encouraged immigration to repopulate the city. Over half a million Jews persecuted in Spain and Portugal were settled in here and named Istanbul as their home.

Galata Tower

Galata is a small, lovely neighborhood that has hosted a vibrant Jewish community for over 1,000 years. This quarter of Istanbul has a peaceful vibe to it that makes you feel like you are in another world.

Golden Horn ( Halic )

Istanbul has no shortage of natural wonders and historical landmarks. Golden Horn is definitely one of them, with its amazing views and relaxing atmosphere.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

You may already know that Istanbul is a very dynamic city full of hustle and crowd. But did you know that one of Istanbul’s liveliest places is the Grand Bazaar where you can find all kind of products imaginable from the local artisans and shopkeepers.

Suleymaniye Mosque

The greatest Ottoman sultan and the greatest Ottoman architect coming together, what could possibly go wrong? Built by Sinan the architect with the order of Suleiman the Magnificent, Suleymaniye Mosque displays the magnificence of the most glorious period of the Ottoman Empire.

Istanbul Airport

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Pierre Loti Hill

Istanbul is a great city in every way, that is for sure. But the city from the top of a hill, that is priceless. One of the best location to experience this pleasure is the Pierre Loti Hill.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport

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Would you like to get some Black Sea air nearby Istanbul? Are you looking for a break from Istanbul’s crowd but you cannot leave for long? Sile is definitely your savior then with its great nature, its relaxing atmosphere and its cool waters of the Black Sea.


Isn't it everybody's dream to be two different places at the same time? Istanbul is the metropol city of Turkey that can grant this wish. The city connects the continents of Europe and Asia with the amazing Bosphorus, while offering some of the most exquisite city views of the world.

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