The extreme northern Istanbul suburb
of Kilyos, 35 km (22
miles) north of the Galata
faces the deep, chilly waters of the Black
Sea, and is a favorite
getaway spot for sweating Istanbullus
on steamy summer afternoons.
Kilyos has hotels, guesthouses and restaurants open
The broad sandy Black Sea beach at Kilyos.
The beach is
open daily in warm weather from 8 am to 6
a fee; it's very crowded on summer weekends, but not so crowded on weekdays.
NOTE! The beach
may be subject to deadly
riptides and undertow, so
educate yourself about what to do
(swim parallel to the shore to
escape the current, then swim toward
the shore), swim in protected
areas or where there
lifeguards, and don't
To get to Kilyos from
take a Bosphorus
cruise on a traditional Istanbul
ferryboat to Sarıyer
(or you can take a
bus), then from Sarıyer take
Bus 151 or a minibus (Sarıyer-Kilyos)
north to Kilyos, a 20-minute ride.
—by Tom Brosnahan
The Black Sea beach at Kilyos.