Yahşibey is a small Aegean village with a population of about 200. People mostly raise cattle and olives. It is situated at the skirt of a hill, facing the Mytilini island of Greece.
Yahşibey is a mere 1 km away from the sea and has some of the most beautiful beaches and coves of Northern Aegean. Like the neighbouring village Bademli, Yahşibey is part of Dikili township in Izmir. Dikili is the foremost town in Turkey with the intellectual and democratic tradition, where typical middle-class families holiday. Each year in August Dikili hosts Emek ve Demokrasi Şenlikleri (Labor and Democracy Festival).
It would be safe to say that Dikili has the cleanest and most generous sea in Aegean. Dikili is also very close to hitorical sites like Bergama, Allianoi Aigai, Troya, Adramytteion. Also in neighborhood of seaside centers like Ayvalık and Foça. Yahşibey is 8 km’s to Dikili, Dikili is 120 km’s to Izmir.
Yahşibey is a peculiar village. It faces a sea but is far from it. It is not green in the literal sense. One can even call it dry and somewhat bony. Calm, not-crowded, with soft but limited water. There is one cute convenience store. Scarcity of children give away the aged population. All are nearly democratic by birth. At various times the work theme was the village itself and the vicinity. The participation of the villagers were extraordinary.
Our village is still very clean even with all the holiday makers and the tiring endeavors of tourism. Each summer, with a minimum of 70 people visiting Yahşibey Project House, we do our best to live an environment-friendly daily life.
We separate our garbage, utilize our organic waste in the village; take rest of the trash to the town, use our daily water and the pool sparingly; never overlook the possibility of fire. We enjoy entertainment from time to time, but never cause noise. And of course, we do not smoke.