Turkey’s best beaches: A guide


With over 8,000 kilometres of sun-kissed coastline, it’s no wonder that Turkey is a long-time favourite with sun-seeking Brits.

The country has 383 blue flag beaches in total which can be found all along the Mediterranean, Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea coasts of Turkey.  There’s a beach for everyone, from hidden stretches of sand – ideal for escaping the crowds – to popular resort beaches with amenities and activities a stone’s throw from your sun lounger. You don’t have to break the bank getting to them either, as there areplenty of bargain holidays to Turkey to make the most of.

Here are some of Turkey’s best beaches:

Patara Beach

Located near Kalkan, Patara Beach is another popular spot for beach-loving tourists. One of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean at approximately 18km, you may even find yourself sharing the sand with the odd nesting turtle as the protected area is a popular turtle-nesting spot. Once you’ve had your fill of sunbathing there’s also plenty of ruins to explore for those who like a bit of history and culture with their dose of sun, sand and sea. Not only considered the birthplace of Apollo, Patara was also once a major harbour in Roman times. Much of Patara remains undiscovered, including the famous ‘Temple of Apollo’, however sights to see include the Roman amphitheatre and Pydnai, Patara’s ancient military fortress.

Oludeniz Beach
Located on the ‘Turquoise Coast’ (so called because of the stunning aqua-blue sea) near Fethiye, Oludeniz Beach – or The Blue Lagoon – is one of the country’s most picturesque. You may know it without realising, as it adorns many a promotional poster for Turkey Tourism, a picture-perfect bay with golden sand and calm waters, backed by flora and fauna as well as a lovely promenade with bars and restaurants. It not only has National Park status, but it has the official Blue Flag status too, making it a beauty spot for sunbathing, water sports and more.

Butterfly Valley Beach
Butterfly Valley Beach is another of Turkey’s most photographed beaches, situated between two towering cliffs near Oludeniz and Fethiye. It can be reached by boat from larger towns and resorts in the area, as well as by foot, down a steep rocky path from the main road. If you’re wondering why it is called Butterfly Valley Beach, a visit will quickly answer your question.  Thousands of butterflies flutter around the picturesque flora and fauna surrounding the beach; a stunning sight. The beach retains a rather undiscovered status too, and there are no major developments nearby to take away from the panoramic views.

Iztuzu Beach
This long stretch of golden sand is located near Dalyan, in the Ortaca district of the Province of Mugla in southwestern Turkey. The beach is a narrow spit of land, which forms a natural barrier between the fresh water delta of the Dalyan river and the Mediterranean. It is one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean and is therefore often dubbed “Turtle Beach”. Not as touristy as some of the other beaches along the coast, it’s a great spot for all the family.

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