The best beaches and ruins of Turkey

 Tea overlooking the Bosphorus, Istanbul

The world is an incredible place, brimming with some truly magical things. One such mystic destination is Turkey. It’s here where cultures and stunning landscapes combine.

Turkey is therefore a perfect destination for holidaymakers looking for the best of both worlds – a beach holiday with a twist.

Istanbul

One of the main reasons many choose to visit Turkey is to see the superb ruins, whilst others are drawn to the handful of picturesque beaches. After a day or two exploring some of the greatest unspoiled sites in Turkey, a few hours lounging on the idyllic sands is a welcome treat.

Istanbul is divided by the Bosphorus and spans two continents, Europe and Asia. The prehistoric city is jam-packed with Byzantine and Ottoman treasures, whilst the new town boasts a juxtaposition of bold, modern-day hotels and elegant designer boutiques.

This is a city of wonderful contrasts, one of the reasons it’s such a popular tourist haunt today.

Suleiyman Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul Hotels

With the number of visitors to this area growing by the minute, Turkey hotels are expanding by around 10% every year. From full-service hotels to an abundance of quaint boutiques, there are a number of options to choose from. Some of the more popular areas include the Sultanahmet and the Beyoglu.

Food in Istanbul

There are an abundance of eateries and restaurants to be found in Istanbul. Described as a food lover’s town, it is here that you’ll stumble upon everything from fancy fish restaurants to humble kebab joints.

Dining establishments are created to a very high standard and service is always speedy and polite. The food is fashioned with the freshest ingredients in mind and boasts a mixture of Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Caucasian, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines.

Turkey: Istanbul markets

Must-see attractions in Istanbul

There are various attractions to explore in Istanbul, including the AyaSofya, a towering edifice that is perhaps one of the greatest Byzantine works of art, and the Blue Mosque, an establishment disguised by over 20,000 glittering blue iznik tiles and 260 stained glass windows.

The Dolmabahce Palace, built out of an extravagant lifestyle and now a symbol of Turkey’s European-style modernization, is another must-see attraction that joins an impressive line-up including Eyup Sultan Camil, GalataMevlevihanesi, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, The Great Walls and Istanbul’s many archaeological museums.

Aya Sofya, Istanbul

The beaches near Istanbul

Istanbul is enveloped by an abundance of pretty bays and perfect waters. In fact, there are over 20 idyllic beaches to choose from. Some of the best include the True Blue Beach, BURC Beach, Dalia Beach and the Golden Beach.

The True Blue Beach boasts exquisite views of the sea and it’s a great place to venture if you wish to watch the many sailing boats arrive in the marina. It’s also a perfect location to visit if you wish to catch a glimpse of one of Turkey’s renowned sunsets. Asides from basking in the picturesque blue waters, you’ll also find a swimming pool here and a note-worthy restaurant with live music on tap.

BURC Beach is one of Istanbul’s most celebrated beaches, positioned close to the Black Sea coast. Asides from an ostensibly never-ending shoreline, you’ll also find an abundance of watersports options here.

Dalia Beach is another popular haunt and one that sits on the Dermircikoy cove. This peaceful bay is an ideal spot for relaxing; it’s also surrounded by an array of green space, which makes it the perfect place for nature lovers.

Golden Beach lies where the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara meet and is certainly one for the more active traveller. From beach volleyball to rock climbing and paddle boarding, there’s an activity to suit all here.

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