A couple of weekends ago, it was such a nice surprise to find a beautiful beach so close by. It only took us half an hour to get to the beach just near Demircekoy (which translates as 'blacksmith/iron worker village' - I love some of the place names here!).
The sand was so nice - the grains were much bigger than I am used to - and you might remember the pretty pebbles we collected there from this post.
And we managed to have some perfect timing too (not that we planned it that way). The 'season' was starting a week later which would mean 30 turkish lira (about AUS$25 or US$20) per person to go to the beach. I know in the grand scheme of things it is not a huge amount, and maybe I'm just used to the Australian beaches that are free, but I think it is such a shame that these beautiful natural places around Istanbul cost more than a lot of people can afford. Everyone should be able to enjoy them I think. How does it work where ever you are? I do kind of like the lounge chair, umbrella and waiter service you get with paying the fee though!
Anyway, we had some great timing and I plan to visit after Summer too because Yashar loves hanging out and playing in the sand! We had a gorgeous and relaxing day.
ps. if anyone has any inside information on any nice free beaches near Istanbul that aren't too crowded (am I asking for too much?!) please let me know!