One of the little-developed beaches outside Istanbul, Agva is a popular swimming, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking spot for locals. Situated less than 100 km from the city centre, Agva lies between the Goksu and Yesilcay rivers.
Though it has a scattering of hotels and restaurants, Agva has fewer facilities than nearby Sile, making it a peaceful getaway spot during the summer months. The beach itself stretches about 3km long and is surrounded by verdant forests.
The Agva area has traces of human settlement going as far back as the 7th century BC, and some Roman artifacts such as the ruins of a church and graveyard remain.
There is a large market in Agva town every Friday which stocks a delicious array of fresh and organic produce.
During summertime, lifeguards are stationed at the beach to keep an eye on swimmers as the sea tends to be unpredictable and occasionally dangerous.