Castro Beach and the hidden Secret of the Northern part of Istanbul

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Istanbul is known as one of the biggest cities in the World and of course the importance of the historical past of housing the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The city's location was always a critical fact which influenced many decision during the history.

Now, Istanbul is situated on a wide range of territory which has coasts to the Black Sea in the North and the Marmara Sea in South. Silivri is the west border and Gebze the east. This is city is containing many important historical sites which are visited by many tourists from all over the World. It has attractions like the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Maiden Tower, Galata Tower, Kuleli Soldier Academy, Dolma Bahce Palace and Ciragan Palace. The list can continue many pages but the article is not about these sites.

City Istanbul has always fresh air because it has always sea breezes which are coming from both seas during the day. An other main factor is that Istanbul's North part is fully covered with woods. Exactly speaking 40% of Istanbul is covered with woods.

As can be seen from the second picture the part above the blue line towards the black sea is covered with woods which ones was also the root of the Silk Road.

Once you are in Istanbul and you would like to have a daily excursion to the Sea than I am suggesting the northern part of Istanbul. While riding to the north you will pass for sure a wide range of wood where you can see all shades of green.

The Castro Beach (Kastro Plajı) is at the estaern part of the Cilingoz Woods (Çilingöz Tabiat Parkı) where it meets the woods and the River Castro (Kastro Deresi) which comes from the inner part from the Kastro Dam. The beauty of the beach is that you can swim on both side. It is up to your desire, you can choose to enjoy the Black Sea or the River.

You can reach this place from the district Büyükçekmece of Istanbul within seventy minutes. while you are on the way we suggest also to take a walk in the Cilingoz Woods which is one of the biggest Natural Parks of Istanbul.

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