Şile, pronounced shee-leh, is a quiet fishing town with only 10,000 residents in the city itself. The word şile means marjoram in Turkish. It is said to have been fished in since 700 BC but the only remnant of the past still present for the modern visitor is Şile's Ottoman-period lighthouse. There is even a small sandy (not stony or pebbly!) beach. Next to the beach is a small boardwalk, a little harbor filled with fishing boats and floating tea houses, and a serene, evergreen forest as the back drop for this city of retreat. We spent Saturday daytime exploring and stayed the evening the same night, and found the city's atmosphere quiet and pleasant.