Top 10 Best Beaches in Turkey

Do you think that you know all the best beaches in Turkey? Turkey has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sandy beaches stretch along the coastline of Turkey. Find out what the best beaches in Turkey are as chosen by the travel experts. (You will see the nearest town the beach after the dash).

Turkey’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Oludeniz (Ölüdeniz) – Fethiye

Oludeniz is Turkey’s most famous beach, and therefore in peak seasons, is the most crowded. You will first reach the blue waters of Belcekız beach after passing by the villages of Ovacık and Hisarönü, situated 14 kilometres from Fethiye. As you walk towards the right of the beach, you will see Turkey’s most photographed landmark Ölüdeniz Lagoon and Kumburnu Natural Park.

Fethiye - Image Credit: muglakulturturizm.gov.tr

Fethiye – Image Credit: muglakulturturizm.gov.tr

Belcekız Beach is wavy while the lagoon is still. The colour of the water gets clearer in Ölüdeniz where pine trees stretch all the way to the sea. You can watch paragliders as you lay on the beach watching the blue sky. There are good hotels to stay at and very good bars. Water sports are available, you can also try scuba diving.

Patara – Gelemiş

Patara is the longest beach in the Mediterranean and was hailed by The Sunday Times as the best beach in the world. The beach has stunning beauty with its great landscape and the ancient site of Patara. It also hosts the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta).

Caretta Caretta - Image Credit: csb.gov.tr

Caretta Caretta  – Image Credit: csb.gov.tr

Cleopatra Beach – Alanya

Alanya is one of the biggest resorts found in Turkey, and Cleopatra’s Beach is splendid and very popular. It is on the west side of the historical peninsula and on the seafront of the Damlatas Cave. It has the blue flag. This natural beach that is covered by rocks, it is famous with the story of Egypt Queen Cleopatra and Roman Emperor Antonius swam in here. The small cove that is known as Cleopatra that lies through the peninsula and existed with big stones. Its clarity is the quality of this beach. When you swim underwater, you can see fishes and other natural beauties. The beach and resorts offer great accommodations, facilities and things to do.

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Kaputas – Kaş

Kaputas is a small stunning beach. A fine pebble and shingle beach has clear, impossibly turquoise water. The beach is quite popular among visitors to the region due to its untouched natural beauty.

Kaputas Beach - Image Credit: kas.gov.tr

Kaputas Beach – Image Credit: kas.gov.tr

Alacati – Alaçatı

Alacati is one of the most upmarket locales on the Aegean coast. It is popular for its fine sandy beaches, mineral springs and unique wind conditions, making it a popular centre for kite-surfing, sailing and windsurfing.

Wind surfing at Alacati - Image credit: http://ipu.gov.tr

Wind surfing at Alacati – Image credit: http://ipu.gov.tr

Icmeler – Marmaris

Icmeler is surrounded on three sides by pine forests. If you enjoy water sports such as water skiing and diving, then Icmeler is the place for you, that is a huge plus. Take a boat trip to a nearby island, savor fresh seafood in a beachside cafe, or just soak up the sun.

Ilıca Beach – Çeşme

Ilica Beach - Cesme - Image Credit: ipu.gov.tr

Ilica Beach – Cesme – Image Credit: ipu.gov.tr

Ilica is the biggest and most popular tourism centre of Çeşme with its thermal sources, qualified accommodation facilities and white sandy beaches about 2 km long.  The hot thermal waters boiling inside the sea makes Ilıca and other places in the region a big thermal pool. The sea is very shallow until a certain point that is why Ilıca Beach is attractive for families and children. Ilıca Beach is one of the best beaches of the World.

Pamucak – Selçuk

It is 9 km away from Selçuk and 6 km away from Ephesus. Its beach is 11 km long. It has a clean sea with blue flag and golden yellow beach. It is suitable for camping and water sports. Most of the Pamucak Beach is public, but on the south side there are some resorts. The water is pretty choppy, and there aren’t any life guards, so be careful.



Iztuzu – Dalaman

Iztuzu is a national conservation area, nesting place for turtles, surrounded by pine covered hills. There is a lot of beach, and the water is warm and shallow. Nearby, there are some cliff tombs you can explore as well.

Dalyan Iztuzu Beach is one of the best in the world - Image Credit: csb.gov.tr

Dalyan Iztuzu Beach is one of the best in the world – Image Credit: csb.gov.tr

Altınkum – Çeşme

Altinkum literally means Golden Sand an appropriate description of the beautiful beach. With its 3km long beach, Altınkum is located south of Çeşme Peninsula and 10 km far from the centre. This beach which is closed to northern winds fascinates its visitors with its unique beach. Since Altınkum beach looks to the open sea, its water is colder than other beaches. It receives its name from the golden colour of its beach (Altın: gold) and it is one of the unique beaches of the World.

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