Dereköy is located in the western part of the island and is at a distance of 15 km. from the centre. In the past, it developed more in comparison to the other villages in terms of economy and society thanks to its strategic location and Pirgos Port.1 The population of Dereköy, which was the largest village of Gökçeada and which used to be the most populated area in the past, has decreased a lot today. The village that was established on the shoulders of two reciprocal hills, i.e. Halakasi and Madrabodus, is divided into two by the road that passes from the middle of the village.2
Today, this village, which is considered as a mystical residential area by those, who come to visit the island, includes severed stone houses, churches, square and laundries, unused olive workshops and shops. Dereköy laundry comes at the top of the places that may be shown to those, who visit the island. Also, it is also advised to visit Panagia, upper church of Dereköy and Agia Maria, lower church of
Dereköy. Dereköy is registered as conservation area.
Şahinkaya Neighbourhood, which is considered as a neighbourhood of Dereköy, was established in 1975. It is the first collective settlement area that was established in the island as a result of settlement law. 61 residences from Şahinkaya village, which is affiliated to Çaykara district of Trabzon, were accommodated in the island. Inhabitants of Dereköy immigrated to district centre in time.3
1 Ağaryılmaz P., Gökçeada (compiled by: Öztürk, Bayram) Gökçeada Municipality Publication, Çanakkale, 2002, page no. 110
2 Şahin, M. 1996. , Gökçeada, Design Magazine Volume No.: 63, page no.: 95-97. Yurtseven H.R. and Yurtseven, E. 2002. Gökçeada: An island tradition, Gökçeada Municipality Publications, page nos.: 41-52 ISBN: 975-92501-0-1, Gökçeada.
3 Nazlı Uçar, Effect of Tourism on Rural Area: Gökçeada, Anthropology Department, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul University, Master’s Thesis, 2010, page no.: 21