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The Best Beaches in Turkey To Kick Back & Unwind
If you’re looking for stunning, sun-drenched beaches this summer, Turkey is undoubtedly a country you should consider.
Packed with resorts which offer plentiful fun in the sun, you might also be pleased to hear that there are many quieter, more secluded and traditional beach areas too. It really all comes down to what you want from your holiday.
Of course, the south coast of Turkey is blessed with a seriously impressive stretch of coastline, lapped by both the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. To help you whittle your choice of where to go down to your ideal option, let’s check out some of the best beaches in Turkey, both busy and quiet, according to your needs.
Icmeler – Marmaris Area, Dalaman Region
If you want a quiet and extremely picturesque beach, but you don’t want to forgo the tourist fun that goes along with it, Icmeler is the perfect blend. Wide, sandy, and backed by stunningly beautiful mountains, this beach is ideal for chilling out for the day. It’s also a very family-friendly beach, and there are several beach cafes and restaurants which run along the length.
The plus point about Icmeler Beach, especially compared to neighboring Marmaris, is that you don’t be hassled or bothered. If you want a drink or something to eat, just wave and ask a waiter – there is very little hassle here. There are also shows, watersports, and plentiful ice cream to be had!
Oludeniz Beach (Blue Lagoon) – Fethiye, Dalaman Region
You will have seen the Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz on most websites and magazines, and it’s seriously impressive from both the air and the land. You can paraglide or parasail here, and it’s known as a hotspot for the sports, however, if you just want to chill out on the beach, you’ll find no better spot.
Blinding blue sea with white sand, the beach is very calm, so it’s ideal for families, and a spit of land runs out into the sea. The pine-trees and the mountains back the beach, so it’s totally Insta-worthy, but the town itself is quiet, so it’s more of a chilled out vibe here, compared to some of the other resorts around the Dalaman area.
Patara Beach – Gelemi, Antalya Region
The entire Antalya area is one of the most picturesque in Turkey, and the summer here lasts a little longer, compared to the neighboring Dalaman region. Patara is a stunningly beautiful beach, and the plus point is that it’s 11 miles long, so you’re not going to struggle to find a secluded area. The beach is also very wide and sandy, and there isn’t much in the way of development around it, which gives you a chilled out day.
The area is protected because the loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach during nesting season, and to the back of the beach you’ll find the ruins of the ancient city, which are certainly worth a wander around if you get bored of sun, sea, and sand.
The nearest town is Gelemi, which is around 10 minutes by car or bus away, so you really will feel like you’re on a castaway beach here.
Butterfly Valley – Fethiye, Dalaman Region
Butterfly Valley gets its name from the countless different types of butterflies which head to the area every year. This is a nature reserve and therefore protected, so you should certainly be careful about leaving litter and how you conduct yourself within the area. However, the beach is simply beautiful, and if you love nature, then a few hours’ splashing around here will be just for you.
The only downside is that you have to hike or jump on a boat to get to Butterfly Valley, but its difficulty inaccessibility makes it even more special and helps you get away from the crowds. This is a very popular ecotourism area too, so nature lovers will adore it. The beach itself is small yet wide, sandy, and relatively quiet; however, there aren’t any restaurants or bars around it, so expect just the odd cafe. Ideal for chilling out!
Cleopatra Beach – Alanya, Antalya Region
Firstly, Alanya is a resort in Antalya, so don’t get the two mixed up! Here you will find the famous Cleopatra Beach, and we can’t talk about Turkey’s best beaches without mentioning this one! Blinding white sands and blue seas greet you, and while it can become quite busy during the peak season between June to August, it’s well worth a visit.
There is history to this beach, hence the name; it is said that Cleopatra and Anthony frequented the beach and that the sand was brought over from the desert. With the huge Taurus Mountains soaring in the background, the beach is large enough for everyone, at 2.5km. These days you will also find waterspouts and parties going on around the beach, which may take some of the shine off for some, but if you want action, you’ll undoubtedly find it here.
As a side note, the promenade is ideal for a romantic walk during sunset.
Cirali Beach – Kemer, Antalya Area
Surrounded by the imposing Olympos Mountains, Kemer is home to Cirali Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand that sits in a blessed location. The main stretch of beach is wide and sandy; however, there are some secluded coves you can explore too.
The area is far less tourism-driven and more laid-back, with almost a hippie type of vibe. If you want to get away from it all, this is a great place to go, and while there are plenty of amenities within close reach, they’re all far more geared towards rest and relaxation. You can even stay in a wooden treehouse!
Iztuzu (Turtle Beach) – Dalyan, Dalaman Region
You will find countless day trips that head to Iztuzu, more commonly known as Turtle Beach, but it’s a good idea to head there on your own steam and enjoy a few hours chilling on this wide and very large beach. The beach gets its name from the Caretta Caretta turtles who use the beach as a nesting ground, although spotting one can be quite the elusive task!
The beach isn’t lapped by the sea; however, it is lapped by a freshwater stream that makes its way in via a huge spit of land which juts out. This means the area is ideal for wildlife, so if you’re a nature lover, grab your binoculars and check out the impressive birds which flock around the area.
You can’t visit the beach during the evening time, because of the local turtles, and you’re not allowed to use umbrellas either. This is a conservation zone, so simply be careful what you do and pay attention to signs on the beach.
Kaputas Beach – Kalkan, Antalya Region
If you want to see true jaw-dropping nature and landscapes, head to Kaputas Beach in Kalkan. To get to the beach, you need to drive around the edge of a mountain, which is as nerve-wracking as it is incredible, and you’ll undoubtedly grab some amazing snaps as a result. The bay sits at the bottom of a very steep drop, which plunges towards the impossible blue of the ocean.
Kaputas Beach is a regular stop for gulet cruise boats, but it’s never really that busy, so it’s an excellent place to go for a chilled-out beach day. However, during the peak season, you can typically find it to be far busier. Do bear in mind that you need to walk down some pretty steep steps to get to the beach itself, so not the best for children or those with walking problems.
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