I absolutely loved Heybeliada Island last weekend. It was so relaxing and the water was as refreshing as Lake Michigan on a summer day. Jonathan and I joined other K-12 English teachers at the ferry port and we all rented bikes to get around– there are only emergency vehicles on the island and squeezing 9 people into a romantic horse drawn carriage wasn’t an appealing option. We told the bike shop man that we wanted to go to the plaj (beach) and he pointed the way. After we inquired about directions with someone else, we were headed to what this guy called, “the secret beach”! We found this secluded beach after a few miles of biking up hill, carefully guiding our bikes down a pine needle- ridden trail, and several concrete/seashell steps. It was definitely a worthwhile adventure. There was no one there when we arrived around 11:30am and nothing sounded better than a dip in the sea.
There were two guys who ran the place and they provided beverages and a few food items for guests. I actually saw the guys catching and cleaning oysters from the sea– so naturally we had to try them from the menu. It was a memorable spot and I’d really like to return before the cold weather sets in.