Looking for accommodation near the beach in Istanbul? The Karamanyan apartments are set in a stylish restored mansion on the delightful island of Heybeliada, 45 minutes by ferry boat from the historic city centre.

 

When you think of Istanbul, beaches may not be the first thing to come to mind, but for the best beaches near Istanbul the Princes' Islands are the obvious choice. Just 50 minutes by ferry from the historic sites of Istanbul, beaches and beach clubs are one of the Princes' Islands great attractions, perfect for swimming and sunbathing during the summer months.

Heybeliada boasts three fantastic Istanbul Beach Clubs which are open during the summer months. The Sport Club oozes style and has a stunning Olympic size seawater swimming pool, you’ll be hard-pushed to drag the kids away from the Green Beach Club, however, with its gently shelving sandy beach and wooden jetty, from which the fearless can leap into the clear waters. In high summer late afternoon is by far the best time to enjoy the beach. As the day-trippers leave for Istanbul, beaches are left to the islanders, allowing them to enjoy the relative peace and quiet and soak up the last rays of the day. All Princes' Islands beach clubs charge an entrance fee and provide facilities such as sunshades and sunloungers, showers, toilets, drinks and other refreshments. The Turks have a penchant for rather loud music, which may or may not be your thing, but most people become accustomed to it alarmingly quickly.