Best Istanbul Beaches
Istanbul is surounded by beaches, with twenty-plus beaches in Istanbul city to choose from. you may have a hard time picking one or two to visit during your vacation. We’ve compiled a list of the best Istanbul beaches with beautiful, clean water and plenty of fun activities.
After spending a day at one of these beaches, you might reconsider spending the money, time and effort on heading down south of Turkey, when you can have just as satisfying of a beach vacation right here in Istanbul.
True Blue Beach
True Blue Beach has a beautiful view at the sea. You see the islands and the sailing boats from Kalamış Marina and you can watch a beautifull sunset. True Blue has a nice sandy beach, swimming pool, excelent restaurant and bar with live performances.
True Blue is one of the most popular beaches in Istanbul and during the summer there are concerts and live events. True Blue is the most popular beach club in Istanbul, with elite interior design, unique sea view and ambitious menu.
BURC Beach is one of the most famous beaches located along the Black Sea coast and belongs to Bogaziçi University.
With its seemingly never-ending seashore, decorated with beach umbrellas, a beach bar and beach-goers partaking in water-sports of all kinds, BURC will make you feel miles and miles away from the city.
Dalia Beach, another favorite, is located on the Demircikoy cove. This beach is for those who believe a day at the beach should be relaxing and tranquil.
Though Dalia is spacious enough to guarantee a bit of privacy and green enough to delight even the most judgmental nature-lovers, you can still enjoy some physical activity if you so choose. The fish menu is also the perfect way to end your day. The Dalia Beach Café provides enough options to satisfy any palate.
Golden Beach is located in Rumelishisari, where the Sea of Marmara and Black Sea meet.
There are plenty of activities at Golden Beach including beach volleyball, paddle-boating, a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course and walking track. Sipping a cocktail as the sun sets is a must at the Beach Bar. Those who choose to spend the night can stay in one of the 26 bungalows or at a boutique hotel.
This beach lives up to its name: there is nonstop activity here! Water sports, beach volleyball, tennis, basketball, beach parties at night and concerts are just some of the activities you can enjoy while here.
The beach has a restaurant, beach bar and terrace bar. Active types will enjoy Jetskiing, banana-boating, canoeing and paddleboating.
At over 30.000m2, Solar Beach is one of Turkey’s largest private beaches and open-air performance areas. With its expansive seashore, concert and performance stages and endless sports activities, Solar Beach keeps you busy from the minute you arrive till the minute you have to leave.
The beach is 1km long, which means it can compete with the best beach clubs of Antalya or Izmir.
Uzunya Beach Club
Uzunya used to be known only for its popularity among fisherman; however, in the last few years it has been renovated and word has traveled fast as its now frequently crowded during the summer. We have to mention that Uzunya is the most natural, or undisrupted, beach on this list. The beach umbrellas are made of wicker and you can lay out on either grass or sand.
We had heard that Wattabe was Turkey’s first natural sports center. This venue is 55 kilometers from the city and built upon a huge estate located right on the river. Nature lovers will enjoy sprawling out on the grass or hiding out under the shade of one of the many trees. There are a handful of unique activities available at Wattabe; mountain biking, ATV-ing, canoeing, surfing, windsurfing and even paintball. What’s great about Wattabe is that you can take advantage of these activities or just lay out on the grass; all types of leisure are welcome.
Poyrazköy is a typical fishing village, located on the Asian side, and also one of the closest settlements to the Black Sea. To get there, head past Beykoz; 4km after you’ve passed Beykoz, on the left-hand side, you’ll notice a sign for Poyrazköy-Anadolu Feneri (lighthouse). You’ll then continue through the forest on a narrow, windy road. Heading towards the Anatolian Lighthouse, on the left you’ll see the road sign indicating Poyrazköy, and you’ll head down towards the Bosphorus shore. You’ll turn left without turning into the village to get to the Poyrazköy beach. The beach, which is not very large, is surrounded by small and large facilities. You’ll find a dressing room, restaurant and cafes.
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Photo Couple on Bostanci Beach by Cengiz C.