When you think about Istanbul, swimming is certainly not the first activity that comes to mind. Istanbul's rich culture and architecture are two of the main reasons why tourists come to this lovely city in large numbers. But behind all the historic attractions and metropol life, Istanbul is also a city of natural beauty.
Surrounded by water on three sides, the city offers drastically different beach experiences all around. The rough but fun Black Sea on one side offers adventure and serenity at the same time. The beautiful Marmara Sea on the other hand, is for people who want a more traditional, warm beach experience.
Now let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful beaches in Istanbul.
Kilyos beaches have the title of the biggest and cleanest coastline in Istanbul. It is located on the Black Sea shore, some 30 kilometers from the city center. Kilyos, which is beautiful in summer and winter, is a popular resort where Istanbulites choose to have a picnic, swim, take long walks on its long beaches, and relax in its quiet coves.
For a more traditional beach experience, you can visit the numerous beach clubs on the shoreline. They offer sunbathing terraces and recreational areas. There are also lots of beach activities such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, beach volley, and beach soccer. There is a variety of restaurants that serve fresh fish and plenty of cafe & bar options. Kilyos is home to summer concerts and festivals in the city. It is impossible to get bored once you reach Kilyos, and it is certainly a must-see location in Istanbul.
One of the first beaches in Istanbul, Florya Beach has been the city's most important and popular summer resort for many years. If you don’t want to stray away from the city too far, you can enjoy a day here. Located in one of the most popular districts in Istanbul, Florya offers a warm day on the shores of the Marmara Sea.
Florya is a very rich place in terms of opportunities and activities that can be done, as it is very close to places like the Istanbul Aquarium, and Atatürk Forest. And it is also home to the best restaurants and cafes in Istanbul.
For an island experience in the city look no further than Burgazada. One of the Princes’ Islands, Burgazada offers seclusion and privacy on the shores of the clear Marmara Sea.
There are numerous beaches on the islands, including one of the biggest beaches in Istanbul, the Büyükada Beach. But many Princes Islands beachgoers consider Burgaz's beaches to be the finest of all the islands' sun-and-sea options. It is mostly due to the fact that the beach is still considered a hidden gem among the public.
Kilimli Cove will fascinate you with its landforms created by the waves, unusual rock formations, and beautiful beaches suitable for swimming. The cove, which is popular among campers, is ideal for spending a quiet weekend.
A natural wonder for adventurous souls to discover, Kilimli Cove is away from city life. There is only you and the sea. If you have time to spare in your itinerary, camping in the area is a must.