Dikili, on Turkey's
north Aegean coast 30 km (19 miles) west of Bergama (map), is
a town spread out around the shore
of a broad bay. It's a distance of
at least several kilometers from one
end of the town to the other.
The center of town (if there can be
said to be a center) is marked by fine
old pine trees. In the northern part
of town, a rough sand beach stretches
for hundreds of meters.
Like most Turkish towns, Dikili (DEE-kee-lee) is
growing at an alarming pace, and now
big concrete apartment blocks march
along the crest of the hill to the
east to take advantage of the sunset
It'd be nice
to say that Dikili is "undiscovered"
by tourism, but that is no longer the case.
Both Turkish and foreign vacationers
come to Dikili for its relative calm and quiet,
broken in the past by the horn of
a cruise ship disembarking hundreds
of passengers on their way to visit
the ruins of nearby Bergama (Pergamum). However, in 2015 the Port of Dikili closed for an indefinite time.
Still, it's a pleasant place to spend
a few days if you'd like some time
by the sea in a place that's, well,
sort of undiscovered.
The village of Çandarlı,
10 km (6.2 miles) due south of Dikili,
has its own small medieval fortress,
and is even less discovered.
Distances & Travel
km (31 miles), 45 minutes
(78 miles) NE, 2 hours
km (137 miles) NE, 3.5 hours
km (155 miles) N, 4 hours
10 km (6.2 miles) S, 15 minutes
km (19 miles) E, 35 minutes
km (112 miles) S, 3 hours
km (62 miles) S, 1-3/4 hours
km (143 miles) N, 3-3/4 hours