How to get there
How to get to Riva Istanbul:
Getting to Riva is not easy. First you need to get to Beykoz.
From Taksim: Take bus number E-2 (Taksim-Beykoz).
From Kadikoy: Take bus number 15BK or 15F (Kadikoy-Beykoz).
From Uskudar: Take bus number 15 (Uskudar-Beykoz).
From Beykoz, take the bus number 137 (Beykoz-Riva). Ask for the Riva beach stop.
Latitude / Longitude: 41.22715, 29.21599
Riva is a peaceful beach resort located about 40km from Istanbul on the Black Sea coast, not far from the Anadolu Feneri (Anatolian Lighthouse) and Sile. Known for its large sandy beaches, small stream and forests, this former Greek colony which dates back to Byzantine times is now a popular alternative for those after some calm.
The village itself sports a few small restaurants and there are many scenic spots from which to enjoy a picnic. The crumbling remains of Riva Castle overlook the beach, making for a breathtaking photo opportunity.
Though Riva is a popular place to take a dip, swimmers should beware of the sometimes dangerous rip currents which occur here.
"Make voyages! Attempt them...there's nothing else" - Tennessee Williams