Green nature, a river with an unprecedented beauty, a blue sea, fresh air, delicious fish…This is Agva, the pearl of the Black sea.
Although officially Yesilçay, yet still known as Agva, this unique town, which has become the number one preference of people who would like to get away from the racket of the city and have a peaceful vacation not only in the spring and summer, but now also in the winter, is 97 kilometres away from Istanbul.
Probably the most attractive parts of this pleasant town, which was established on the delta between the rivers of Goksu and Yesilçay and which stems from the Cal Tepe of Izmit, are the green coastlines of these rivers. Hotels and restaurants have been established around here and all the activities of the region take place here.
Agva is a town which was a transitional point for many civilizations such as the Hittites, Phrygians, Romans and Ottomans. It is possible to come across the remnants of the history dating back to the seventh century BC in the surrounding villages. In Kalemkoy - church remains and gravestones belonging to the Romans, in the Hacıllı village - the Gurlek Cave found at the end of the 3rd or the beginning of the 4th century, the castle remains located in Hisar Tepe, the mountain mill in the Sungurlu quarter are also important findings. The Turkmen tribes, who had come from Konya, Karaman and Balikesir, had settled in Agva in the second half of the 14th century. The contemporary residents of Agva are the offspring of those Turkmen tribes.
Agva has a 3 kilometre long seaside on the coast of the Black sea. It is a region where the natural beach, the environment - which is a miracle of nature itself, undiscovered bays, small isles and forests are intermingled with natural surroundingss giving very high levels of oxygen. The Kilim Bay, Gelin Kayası (Bride Rock) and Saklı Gol (Hidden Lake) are places which must be visited. The reason for it being called the Gelin Kayasi (Bride Rock) is due to its white colour and that it resembles a bride with a veil.
If you are interested in fishing the coast of Agva is just the place for you. You will find that fish are abundant here. Because the coast is on the Black sea, every kind of fish can be found here. The most important thing which you will notice here are the fishing boats in the centre of Agva. You can have a conversation with the fishermen, drink tea and even go on fishing trips with them. You can always find the fresh fish of the season in the regions facilities.
In Agva, which is ready to be discovered with its unique nature, you can spend your time doing water sports in the summer and winter (canoeing in the river, sea cycling), fitness in the winter and tracking and hunting thanks to its environment. Agva which is extremely favorable for activities like walking in the forest, running, biking and camping, is also ideal for those who would like to cool off in the waters of the Black sea in the summer. Agva, a shelter for turtles, gazelles, wolves, hyenas, wild boars, foxes, squirrels and many bird species especially kingfishers, has an appropriate atmosphere for hunting. To inhale the fresh air, to walk on the beach which is rumoured to heal rheumatic illnesses and to taste delicious fish in the restaurants on the coast of the river are what you should not forget to do while enjoying Agva.