Public beaches in Istanbul

There are many municipal beaches in Istanbul, from Silivri to Tuzla, from Çatalca to Şile coasts. Istanbul, known for its rich history, culture and striking architecture, also attracts attention with its beaches on the Black Sea and Marmara coasts.

The city has several beach areas that are not well known, but where residents and visitors can enjoy the beach. It’s important to note that the beach options in Istanbul may not match the expansive beach views of other coastal destinations, but can still provide a refreshing escape from the city’s urban environment. Here are some important beaches of Istanbul…

Beltur Beach in Büyükada

Büyükada Beltur Plajı

It is located on Büyükada, one of the Prince Islands in the Sea of Marmara. Although it is not a typical sandy beach, it is a beach where you can swim, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment away from the city. The 500-person beach can be visited daily. Transportation is provided by boats departing directly from Bostancı and Kartal to the beach. Map link.

Caddebostan 1-2-3 Beach (Kadıköy)

Caddebostan Plajı

This beach is part of the Caddebostan neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is a pebble beach with a pleasant promenade, making it a favorite spot for locals to relax and go for a walk. Caddebostan Beaches lie on the district coast as 3 separate beaches with a total length of 1,000 meters belonging to the municipality. Map link

Florya Güneş Beach (Bakırköy)

Güneş Plajı

Florya, located on the shores of the Marmara Sea, is a neighborhood with wide beaches. Florya Atatürk Marine Mansion and Florya Aquarium are also nearby attractions. The 840-meter-long Güneş Beach, located opposite Florya Train Station and a cool holiday spot for Istanbulites in the summer months, is an interesting destination. Map link

Menekşe Beach (Küçükçekmece)

Menekşe Plajı

Located next to Küçükçekmece Lake, Menekşe Beach has a coastline of 630 meters. Menekşe Beach is a popular public beach located in the Florya area of Istanbul’s Marmara coast. Menekşe Beach offers a sandy shoreline where people can relax, swim and enjoy the coastal views. Map link

Kısırkaya Beach (Sarıyer)

Kısırkaya Plajı

Kısırkaya Beach is located in the Kısırkaya region of Sarıyer district of Istanbul and stands out as a great destination to get away from the crowds of Istanbul and spend time alone with nature. Map link

Karaburun Beach (Arnavutköy)

Karaburun Plajı

Karaburun Beach is a beach located in the Karaburun region, which is part of the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul. It is a popular local destination for those who want to enjoy the coastline and the Black Sea. Karaburun Beach is known for its natural beauty with its sandy beaches and natural environment. Map link

Yeniköy Beach (Arnavutköy)

Yeniköy Plajı

Yeniköy Beach is a beach located in the Yeniköy district of Istanbul. Yeniköy, on the European side of the city, Yeniköy Beach is a relatively smaller and quieter beach compared to some of Istanbul’s popular beach areas. It offers a peaceful and scenic spot along the Bosphorus where locals and visitors can relax, enjoy the water and take in the beautiful views of the Bosphorus. Map link

Semizkum Beach (Silivri)

Semizkum Plajı

Semizkum has a 3 kilometer long beach. Semizkum Beach is known for its fine sandy shoreline and clear waters. It is a great place to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the natural beauty of the Marmara Sea coastline. The beach area gets very busy during the summer months, especially on weekends and holidays. Map link

Yalıköy Beach (Çatalca)

Yalıköy Plajı

Yalıköy Beach has a coastline length of 1 kilometer. Yalıköy Beach is a beach located within the borders of Çatalca district of Istanbul and is located 50 kilometers from Çatalca center, very close to the Kırklareli provincial border. Map link

L Motel Beach (Bakırköy)

L Motel Plajı

Located in Florya, one of Istanbul’s favorite districts with its sea and beaches, L Motel is a motel owned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and has a beautiful beach. Map link

Sand Beach (Silivri)

Kumluk Plajı

It is a popular beach located in Silivri district of Istanbul. The beach, which is flooded by visitors especially in the summer season, is full of people who want to enjoy the sea. Map link

Selimpaşa Beach (Silivri)

Selimpaşa Plajı

Selimpaşa Beach is located in Selimpaşa district of Silivri district on the European side of Istanbul. Silivri is known for its beaches along the Marmara Sea and is a popular destination for beach lovers seeking relaxation and natural beauty. Selimpaşa Beach offers a sandy shoreline where visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and coastal views. Map link