Turkey boasts over 8,000 kilometres of coastline and over 383 award-winning blue flag beaches, so it’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular sun holiday destinations in Europe all year round.
Pristine white sand beaches can be found all along the Aegean, Mediterranean, Marmara and Black Sea coasts of Turkey. From bustling coastline resorts to quiet, secluded stretches of sand, there’s a beach for everyone, whether you want to get away from it all or enjoy resort amenities and water sports.
There’s also plenty of bargain holidays in Turkey to make the most of, and Uk travellers can escape the questionable weather of the UK and be sunning themselves on a beach within four and a half hours from most UK airports. For more information visit this website.
Here are five of Turkey’s best beaches:
Oludeniz Beach, along what is known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’, is arguably the most famous beach destination in Turkey. Situated near Fethiye, or the Blue Lagoon, it is a postcard-perfect crescent of sand, leading into impossibly turquoise ocean. With gentle, lapping waves and warm waters, it is an ideal bathing spot for all the family. It also has a lovely promenade backed by restaurants and bars, for sunny afternoon strolls.
Located near Kalkan, Patara Beach is another popular spot for sun-loving travellers. One of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean at approximately 18km, it features undulating sand dunes, crystal-clear waters and is a protected area, due to the nesting of turtles on the beach. There’s also beautiful surrounding landscapes and ancient ruins to explore.
This long stretch of golden sand is located near Dalyan, in the Ortaca district of the Province of Muğla 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.
Butterfly Valley Beach
Butterfly Valley Beach is arguably Turkey’s most photogenic beach, situated between two towering cliffs. It can be reached by boat from Oludeniz and Fethiye, as well as down a rocky path from the main road, for the more adventurous. It is called Butterfly Valley Beach due to the thousands of butterflies that live in the colourful flora and fauna behind the beach. The best part is that it feels secret and there aren’t any built up buildings in sight. A photographer’s dream!
Situated in the Datca peninsula, in a line of bays stretching from Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk, Ovabuku is one of the most stunning beaches in Turkey. A small but perfectly formed stretch of shingle beach surrounded by quaint restaurants, it is a lesser-known beach and perfect for those that want to get away from the crowds and bustling resorts.