The little Aegean port town of Çandarlı,
Pitane in ancient
was fortified by the Genoese in the
1300s, who hoped to keep its facilities
and trade in their hands exclusively.
After the Ottoman conquest
of Anatolia in the 1400s, Sultan
Mehmet II (The Conqueror) restored the fortress
in the 1450s, or at least so says the
well-worn marble inscription near the
main gate into the fortress.
Sultan Mahmut II restored
it again in 1814, and the Turkish government
did the final restoration in 1955,
returning it to the shape it had had
during the time of the Conquest in
Today Çandarli is
a pleasant place, good for a morning
or afternoon visit (there are few hotels).
Its economy is still mostly traditional:
fishermen fill the waterfront tea houses
when they're not out on the water,
and farmers still drive loads of produce
through town during harvest season.
The small traditional bazaar area
between the waterfront and the fortress is
fairly well preserved and relatively
unsullied by the crass commercialism
that always follows mass tourism.
For transport, minibuses will take
you north to Dikili and
northeast to Bergama, from where you
can get a proper bus to farther destinations.