Bayram may be over but our need for the sun and the sea is still ripe. So how do we quench our desire for a quick swim in blue waters without leaving the city? The answer is simple: head to Kilyos or Şile.
Here are the best beaches in Istanbul:
Owned and operated by Boğaziçi University’s Alumni Association, BURCBeach is no college-level Istanbul beach. It’s adult-friendly, family-friendly, calm, and uncomplicated. Sunbathe while lounging on comfy pillows or hide under the shade of umbrellas while reading your book. If you want to get active, take your pick from beach volley, kite boarding, and wind surfing. Daily shuttles are available to and from Beşiktaş, Zincirlikuyu, Yeni Levent and Hacıosman. Call 0533 580 27 26 to reserve a spot and click here to view the timetable.
Music lovers meet in Babylon Kilyos’ beach during the summer. Take your place by the sand or the grass, and enjoy the water while listening to Babylon’s hand-picked music. Check out Babylon’s events here to see if anything is happening at the beach before you go.
Djs get behind the deck at around 19:00 and the music doesn’t stop until late at night on most days. Sun, sea, sand, grass, yoga, workshops, music, food. Whatever you want while you’re at the beach comes here in a super cool package. Click here to see upcoming events and check their shuttle schedule. (you can see our previous article on Suma Beach here)
Instead of making the journey all the way to Kilyos, those on the Asian Side can enjoy a similar beach experience in Şile. Aquabeach has everything you need from sun lounges with umbrellas on its sandy beach to DJ performances and cocktails. If you want to have some fun while at the beach, head on a weekend and stay until the afternoon when the DJs take over.
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sarıtepe Kampüsü, Gümüşdere Mevkii, Kilyos – (0212) 359 58 00, ext 157, 119 or 137
Demirci Köy Mevkii, Kilyos Yolu, Kum Köy, İstanbul – (0212) 377 03 30
Boğaziçi Kampüs Yolu No:1/A, Sarıyer – (0530) 897 4370
Balibey Mah. Ağlayankaya Cad.Uzunkum Plajı No:2, Şile – (0216) 711 02 98