Dikili – İzmir – Turkey
GPS : 38°55’52.9″N 26°55’55.2″E / 38.931346, 26.932007
VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” candarli harbour ”
Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 38°55’51.8″N 26°55’51.9″E / 38.931055, 26.931071
Çandarlı is a coastal township with own municipality within the district of Dikili in western Turkey’s İzmir Province. Çandarlı is situated on the northern coast of the (Gulf of Çandarlı) and opposite the important industrial center of Aliağa, another district center.
Çandarlı Limanı lies on the northern side of Çandarlı Bay. Eşek Adası (Islet) is on the east part of Değirman Adası Point. Çandarli is a fairly attractive anchorage in a small village. It provides reasonably good shelter from the meltemi. The small harbour W of the castle is not really usable.
Çandarlı is a coastal township with own municipality within the district of Dikili in western of İzmir Province. It is a well developed town and an important tourist resort. Çandarlı is situated on the northern coast of the (Gulf of Çandarlı) and opposite the important industrial center of Aliağa, another district center.
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 main livelihood source of the village are olive groves olive oil manufacturing and fishing.
The sea, sun, bays, islands that are part of the Çandarlı area make it a great holiday destination. There are hotels, small pensions, restaurants and bars catering to holiday guests.
There is a small pier in the eastern part of Çandarlı that services foreign and domestic sailors. Çandarlı is situated on the Gulf of Çandarlı which is 800 meters wide with a depth of 20 meters.
The entrance is from the western side. The area between the islets and the mainland provides all round shelter except southerlies, and it ends a nice sandy beach. The eastern side provides adequate shelter. Depths gradually shelve ashore. The bottom is muddy, providing good holding in depths of 4 – 8 meters. Strong northerlies are dominant but, it does not build choppy seas. Sea water temperature is lower but, it has cool effect in hot summers.
The pier on the west has limited space for the visiting yachts. Boats drop anchor and go to stern if there is room. There are private laid moorings lines around the jetty.
Çandarlı – Dikili 18 km, İzmir 93 km
Çandarli is a fairly attractive anchorage in a small village. It provides fairly good shelter from the meltemi. The small harbor W of the castle is not really usable.
The bottom is mud and provides very good holding. The mud at Çandarlı is soft and plough anchors seem to pull straight through it. Anchor on the bay E of the castle in 4-6 m. The bottom is mud and provides very good holding.
Capacity : 150 Boats
Outer Breakwater : 458.5 m
Inner Breakwater : 155 m
Administration : Çandarlı Fishery Products Cooperative
The town center is behind the port. There is a small shelter for the fishing boats nearby the castle. This castle was built in 14th century.
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops (town industrial zone)
Technical Equipment Shops (town industrial zone)
Health : Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, First Aid 24 hours, Ambulance
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Rental Houses
Entertainment : Bars, Discotheques, Tea Gardens
Special Shopping : Olives, Olive Oils
Beach : Clear water, sandy beaches
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet Cafe
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Weekly Market : Friday
Sailing Clup : Çandarlı Sailing Clup
Public Market : Friday
Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE AEGEAN SEA
History of Çandarlı goes back to 4000 BC. The castle and city took its name from the Amazon woman ‘’Pitane’’. According to the local legend; the Amazon women warriors ruled the region and mainly in the coastal city and it became Pitane – which means ‘’Women’s Town or the Queen City. The city was occupied by Hittites, Persians, Lydian’s, Byzantines, Seljuks and finally Ottomans.
The rectangular Çandarlı Castle was built in 13th century by the Genoese. The castle was rebuilt in 15th century by the Ottomans. The town’s landmark is the Ottoman castle built by the Grand Vizier Çandarlı (2nd) Halil Pasha (to distinguish from his homonymous grandfather). The castle, built to protect the Sultan Murat II who preferred to reside in nearby Manisa from a possible outside attack, is fully intact and open to visitors.
The castle is a good example of scant traces of the thick fortification walls – reinforced by struts. The castle with five towers and crenels are impressive. Restoration works still continue. An archaic male statue – a full sized naked man, is now displayed in Bergama Archeological Museum.
Çandarlı’s name in antiquity was Pitane. The ruins are situated slightly outside the town itself. The little Aegean port town of Çandarli, known as Pitane in ancient times, 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 during the time of the Conquest in the 1400s.
The town’s landmark is the 15th century Ottoman castle built by the Grand Vizier Çandarlı Halil Pasha. The castle, built to protect the Sultan Murat II who preferred to reside in nearby Manisa from a possible outside attack, is fully intact and open to visitors.
Çandarlı : İzmir 90 km, Dikili 19 km, Bergama 34 km. Çandarlı : İzmir 50 Nmile, İstanbul 243 Nmile, Dikili 16 Nmile by seaway.
Bus : Çandarlı – Dikili, İzmir, İstanbul
Minibus : Çandarlı – Dikili, Bergama
Airport : İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport