Culture & Travel

19 August 2023

Istanbul is a bustling metropolis filled with crowds, urban pressures, blaring horns, work-related stress, and the challenges of daily life. However, it's also a city blessed with a blend of historical treasures and natural wonders. When summer arrives, schools close, vacationers scatter, and the air becomes easier to breathe. So, what can city dwellers do while staying put? On weekends, they can head to the nearby beaches to revel in the sea, sand, and sunshine, much like they would on the southern or Aegean coasts. Let's explore the most exquisite beaches in proximity to Istanbul and let our hearts be uplifted.

Alacalı Beach, Şile

The Şile coastline is one of the first destinations that springs to mind when thinking about Istanbul and its shores. Within this enchanting district, where Istanbulites can take a dip and rejuvenate, lie numerous beaches. Among them is Alacalı Beach. Nestled amidst small, verdant hills, this beach is open to the public and lacks any amenities. Given the absence of conveniences like sun loungers, changing rooms, umbrellas, refreshments, showers, and restrooms, it's advisable to exercise caution when visiting Alacalı Beach. Alternatively, you can bring your own supplies and enjoy a beachside barbecue.

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Evcik Beach, Çatalca

Evcik Beach, situated in the Çatalca district, is linked to the village of Karacaköy in Çatalca. This Black Sea coastal spot, where you can take a swim, is around 45 kilometers away from Çatalca's center. The remnants of the Anastasius Walls and Georgios Church, close to the beach, lend a historical touch to the shoreline. As amenities like umbrellas, sun loungers, changing rooms, food and beverages, showers, and restrooms are absent at Evcik Beach, it's wise to bring along your provisions and sustenance.

Kilimli Bay Beach, Ağva

Known for its fine sand, Kilimli Bay stands as one of the most splendid beaches in the Ağva district. The beach entrance is free, and you can avail sun loungers and umbrellas at reasonable rates. Facilities like a café, restaurant, restrooms, changing rooms, and showers are available on-site. Notably, for the curious souls, Kilimli Bay offers a hiking trail and camping area. The bay, nestled beneath towering cliffs, is a prime choice for a spellbinding aquatic escape.

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Yalıköy Beach, Çatalca

Yalıköy Beach, with its pristine shoreline, is almost a two-hour drive from Istanbul and an hour away from Çatalca's center. The history of Yalıköy, once known as "Podimo," can be traced back to the Greek and Byzantine eras. The village area boasts walking paths and expansive wooded zones, making it ideal for sports enthusiasts. While here, you can relish the sea and sample delights like bluefish, turbot, and sardines.

Aquarium Bay Beach, Heybeliada

Akvaryum Bay, nestled at the base of lush green mountains, boasts a crystal-clear sea. Situated within a natural park, you'll feel both near to Istanbul yet far removed from its urban hustle. The beachside restaurant offers delectable and freshly caught seafood, enhancing your vacation experience. Concealed amidst the rocks, Akvaryum Bay grants you a sensation of escaping the city's rigors.

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Yalıköy Beach, Çatalca

Yalıköy Beach, with its pristine shoreline, is almost a two-hour drive from Istanbul and an hour away from Çatalca's center. The history of Yalıköy, once known as "Podimo," can be traced back to the Greek and Byzantine eras. The village area boasts walking paths and expansive wooded zones, making it ideal for sports enthusiasts. While here, you can relish the sea and sample delights like bluefish, turbot, and sardines.

Semizkum Beach, Silivri

Semizkum Beach, which gets pretty crowded on weekends and holidays, is an ideal spot for both beach and camping lovers alike. With its shallow, sandy shores, Semizkum is a hit among families with children. The beach offers amenities perfect for camping, such as showers, changing rooms, laundry and dishwashing areas, umbrellas, children's playgrounds, and sun loungers.

 

Riva Beach, Beykoz

Riva Beach, with a modest entrance fee, stands out as one of the most exquisite beaches in Istanbul, no doubt about it. You can head over to Riva Beach for a day trip or choose to stay by renting a bungalow, house, apartment, pension, or a vacation rental. Camping enthusiasts can also set up camp on Riva Beach if they wish. It's about a one-hour drive from the heart of Istanbul. For those Istanbul residents who can't make it all the way to the south or the Aegean, Riva Beach is indeed a blessing.

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Eyüpsultan Çiftalan Beach, Eyüpsultan

Entry to Eyüpsultan Çiftalan Beach, a public beach, comes with free sunbeds and umbrellas. Keep in mind that only a parking fee applies when entering. This beach boasts facilities like shower areas, restrooms, and a cafeteria. Additionally, it's exclusively open for women on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. For a weekend escape, Eyüpsultan Çiftalan Beach is just the right choice, providing a getaway from Istanbul's chaos and a chance to unwind.

Buyukcekmece Public Beach, Buyukcekmece

Büyükçekmece Public Beach, a real crowd-pleaser, stands out as one of the most favored beaches among Istanbul residents due to its convenient location near the city center. And don't forget the important amenities such as umbrellas, sunbed rentals, changing rooms, and showers. This beach can be easily accessed even by public transportation, making it a popular spot for a quick escape right next to Istanbul.

Kilyos Public Beach, Kilyos

Kilyos, part of the Sarıyer district, is situated on the European side and along the Black Sea coastline. There are both paid and free beaches in Kilyos, making it a cherished destination for Istanbul residents. Kilyos Public Beach offers facilities including showers and restrooms, making it a general favorite among Istanbulites. Renowned for having one of the cleanest shores on the European side, Kilyos offers a true getaway from Istanbul's hustle and bustle.

 

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