The best beaches in Istanbul

During the Summer Istanbul is a little quieter , there is less congestion because many Istanbulians take refuge on the south coast . In addition to the historical parts of the city, you may be tempted to enjoy a day at the beach for a day trip. Summer in Istanbul is really hot .

For those of us who live in Istanbul, it is a real pleasure to be able to enjoy the sea which is only twenty kilometres from the hustle and heat of the city centre. The Northern part of Istanbul is still very wild with forests, beaches and small villages.

The peninsula is bordered by the Black Sea and offers large sandy beaches . These beaches are still  unknown to travellers as very few are mentioned in conventional guides

Our selection of the best beaches in Istanbul :

Babylon Beach Sound Garden

Kilyos Babylon

Best beaches Istanbul

Currently this is one of the most popular beach in the city, especially for the music lovers. Historically a famous venue in Istanbul. In here you will enjoy the sun and the sea while listening good music. Festivals are also regularly organized. You can check the upcoming event here

There is also a nice restaurant which will propose a Aegean and Mediterranean cuisine. For those who prefer snacks, you can go to the “food-truck” which will offers you burgers and pide (turkish pizza).

Admission : Weekday 40TL – Weekend 60TL

Getting there : take the metro towards Haciosman, down to Haciosman ( terminus ) and take bus 151 (Haciosman Metro – Sariyer Demircikoy – Kilyos) and get off at Plaj Yolu. You are then 20 minutes away by walk. You can check all the informations on the line here.

Burc Beach


Best beaches Istanbul

Located on land owned by the University of Bogazici , the beach has everything to make you have a good day. It extends over 2km, has white lovely sand and offers many activities such as sea catamarans, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and volleyball courts. There is also a bar – restaurant and a bar on the beach. The weekend during the late afternoon music and good music await you . Burc Beach also hosts the annual World Championships of kitesurfing and many concerts.

Admission : Weekday 30TL – Weekend 50TL

Getting there :  Shuttle are organized from the city center, you can check the schedule here

Best beaches Istanbul

Suma Beach clubThe Suma Beach Club is a private beach with free Wi-Fi , a bar and quads for woodland walks . Thrill seekers can even do a session of ultra light aviation . The club also organizes late afternoon volleyball tournaments and beach soccer. The atmosphere is very casual and student-like, some nights the club hosts outdoor concerts on the beach. Find all the information on their facebook page

Admission : Weekday 30TL – Weekend 45TL

Getting there : Shuttle are organized from the city center, you can check the schedule on there facebook

Uzunya Beach 

Uzunya beach

Best beaches Istanbul

Located in a small cove this beach is absolutely charming. Here the atmosphere is familial and quiet. It is the perfect spot to relax by the sand or the grass. There is also a really good fish and mezzes restaurant that you have to try.

Admission : Weekday 30TL – Weekend 45TL

Getting there : Unfortunately there is no shuttle or bus that get there, the easiest way is to get a taxi from the city center or to rent a car. For more informations you can visit there website.



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  1. kindly can any response provide me by the cost of renting any water activity there ? many thankssss

  2. Rasha ElRefaei on

    Hello :)

    Thanks for the article its very helpful

    is the 1st pic with colored pavement belongs to any one of those beaches or any other in Istanbul?


    • tooistanbul on

      Hello, the 1st pic is Suma Beach, we highly recommend it! Best regards as well.