Looking for a nice, uncrowded
beach with clean,
warm water and good
facilities within a short ride of Istanbul?
Sure. So are most of the city's
other 18 million residents, so beaches
near Istanbul are apt to be crowded on any
warm summer day.
Here's are Istanbul's beaches, from
nearest to farthest:
Here's a way to cool off and have
fun easily: Efendi
reasonably-priced full-day tours
to the Aquapark. You are picked up
at your hotel after breakfast, driven
in an air-conditioned vehicle to the
Aquapark (a one-hour ride), and returned
to your hotel in time for dinner. Admission
to the Aquapark, lunch, and a dolphin
show are included in the tour fee.
There are a few tiny beaches on
Islands, and people with
boats row away from the shore and
swim there, but these places are really
mostly for people who know how and
when to go to them. Still, if you're
going to the islands—especially for
overnight—take your swim things.
Sea is accessible
by city bus, minibus, fast ferry or
traditional ferry and minibus. The water
can be chilly, but it's refreshing
on a hot day. Facilities are adequate.
Şile & Ağva
SHEE-leh) and Ağva (AH-vah)
are nice long, wide beaches on the Black
Sea coast 72 km
(45 miles) northeast of Üsküdar.
IETT City Bus 139 (Şile) or 139A (Şile
& Ağva) from the Harem
Otogar. There may also be more comfortable private bus services during the busy summer months.
The trip takes about 1.5 hours.
In summer there
are about 27 buses per
each direction (Harem-Şile and
Şile-Harem) on the 139 route starting
am, with the last bus returning
from Şile to Istanbul at 24:00
Harem-Şile-Ağva, has 15
trips daily in
each direction, from
to 20:30 (8:30 pm).
Here are schedules on the Şile Belediyesi (Şile Municipality) website. Here are the terms you need to know to read the schedules:
Kış Tarifesi = Winter Schedule (16 September - 14 June)
Yaz Tarifesi = Summer Schedule (15 June - 15 September)
Saat = Hour (departure time)
Yol = Route
Sahilden = By the shore road
Otobandan = By the expressway
Son Durak = Last Stop
Other beaches, such
as those near
Tekirdağ west of Istanbul,
the islands such as Marmara and Avşa in
of Marmara, the Gallipoli
peninsula and the northern Aegean
are really beyond a day-trip from Istanbul.
—by Tom Brosnahan