Marmaraereğlisi – Tekirdağ – Turkey

GPS : 40°58’15.0″N 27°57’34.0″E / 40.970833, 27.959444

Marmaraereğlisi Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58’10.1″N 27°57’58.4″E / 40.969476, 27.966225
Focal Plane : 52 m ( 174 ft ), Tower Height : 26 m ( 85 ft )
Character : W. FI. 10.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0,4 + 9,6
Visibility Range : 16 nautical miles

Marmaraereğlisi Sandbank Lighthouse
GPS : Latitude 40° 58′ 20” N – Longitude 27° 57′ 56” E
Focal Plane : 6 m, Tower Height : 6 m
Character : W. Fl. (3) 10.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.3 + 0.7 + 0.3 + 0.7 + 0.3 + 7.7
Visibility Range : 8 nautical miles

VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” eregli harbour ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58’14.6″N 27°57’34.4″E / 40.970733, 27.959551
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : R. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 4 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58’14.4″N 27°57’37.9″E / 40.970672, 27.960525
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : R. Fix, Flashing Character : Fix
Visibility Range : 4 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58’14.4″N 27°57’37.9″E / 40.970672, 27.960525
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : R. Fix, Flashing Character : Fix
Visibility Range : 4 nautical miles
Ereğli is near a small pointed headland on the north shore of the Marmara Sea. It is called Marmaraereğlisi (or Marmara Ereğli in colloquial usage) to distinguish it from the two other large towns in Turkey. The main livelihood source of the city are fishing, cultivation (watermelon, barley, sunflower, wheat), husbandry and some industry.

Ereğli is a town with little to offer, and especially quiet in winter. The coast on either side of Ereğli is lined with hotels and compounds of holiday properties. The holiday compounds are complicated mazes of little roads tightly packed with villas or buildings of holiday flats, leading down to the sea. Some of them have cafes and restaurants on the seafront, sometimes open to people from outside the compound.

There is a small fishermen shelter. Ereğli has two natural harbours and three small ports.

Capacity : 65 Boats

Natural port is open to NE wind but closed other winds. Very good shelter to protect from strong SE and western winds.

Breakwater : 160 m

Drinkable Water
Fishermen Local
Frigorific Storage
Fish Market

Administration : Marmara Ereğlisi Municipality

Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rental Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Fast Foods, Buffets, Bakery
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars
Beach : Clean sea, Sandy public beaches
Local Festival : Watermelon Festival
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Fish Market : Fishermen Shelter
Hair dresser
Health : Hospital, Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses
Open Air Museum
Special Shopping : Wine, Rakı

There is an open-air display of marble columns and sarcophagi – as is usual in any ancient Roman site- dating back to Perinthos in a park located a few meters down the town square towards eastern waterfront. This is probably the historical sight in best condition.

The ostentatious days of Perinthos are long gone for more than two millenia, so many of the historical sights described here are slowly vanishing. In fact many can be distinguished from natural formations only by careful eyes and only people really interested in history may find them worth of a check.

An ancient Greek colony of the island of Samos was founded here in 600 BC. The area was known in Ancient Greek as later called Heraclea, It is said to have been a Samian colony, founded about 599 BC. According to John Tzetzes, its original name was Mygdonia; later it was called Heraclea (Heraclea Thraciae, Heraclea Perinthus). It is famous chiefly for its stubborn and successful resistance to Philip II of Macedon in 340 BC; at that time it seems to have been more important than Byzantium itself. Christian virgin Saint Glyceria suffered her martyrdom at Heraclea (modern Marmara Ereğli) in the year 177.

Old town
Situated on the top of the hill rising on the tip of the peninsula, this is the oldest part of town. There are many houses around maintaining Greek architecture but most are very badly in need of a repair. One exception is Constantine’s Residence, a stone two-floor mansion known by its former owner’s name. It’s situated near the western coast, a block or so down the town square.

City walls
Most of the old town is surrounded by ancient city walls, though in most parts they resemble more of a somewhat high garden fence rather than grandiose city walls. You may occasionally spot a (largely ruined) tower here and there if you walk around them a bit.

Roman breakwater
Located on the western coast, you can more easily spot it from the top of the cliff as it appears as random rocks on two straight rows lying parallel to each other when you hit to the beach next to it. Nice to watch the cormorants playing with the waves though.

You will not find the usual marble seats as they are covered by grass and earth several feet thick. However the amphitheatral form of half-moon ascending from a stage is still clearly distinguishable, in fact it looks more majestic with the grass and all. To get there from the town centre, walk uphill through the old town, and as you come to the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea, turn left (towards east).

You’ll walk on an unpaved path for about 15-20 minutes passing beside, below and over some remnants of city walls. The amphitheatre is located right below the lighthouse on the top of the hill: Take the lighthouse (which will appear after you walked for about 5-10 min) as a bearing if it’ll make it easier for you. It offers a very beautiful view of the sea located below the cliff next to the amphitheatre.

These are conical not-so-high hills, rising suddenly out of ground and somewhat natural at first glance. They are actually man-made, remained from Thracians, the native folk of this region before the arrival of Greeks and Romans among others. They were erected to serve as mausoleum for Thracian kings and nobles (think of them as local variation of the pyramids, though these two are historically unrelated).

Although the Tumulii are scattered all around Thrace, the area about 5 km north of Marmara Ereğlisi has an exceptionally high number of tumulii, as Perinthos was an important centre of the region even before Romans. The Tumulii 5 km out of town may not worth the trouble to go there, so you may take a distant look at a quite a few of them in the same frame when returning from the amphitheatre, just before entering the old town and immediately after the path swings to right (towards north).

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Minibus : Marmara Ereğlisi – Silivri, Marmara Ereğlisi – Tekirdağ
Bus : Marmara Ereğlisi – Tekirdağ, Istanbul, Malkara, Keşan
Airport : Çorlu International Airport, Atatürk International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

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