Turkey is the holiday destination that has everything: great food, wonderful people, a warm climate and tons of history and culture. But it’s also famous for its amazing beach resorts. Here are just ten of the best. beach holidays in turkey
The crowning glory of this beach resort on the Turquoise Coast of southwest Turkey is its stunning Blue Lagoon, a picturesque arc of electric blue water and white sand that provides amazing photo opportunities. Olu Deniz is also famous for its water sports, in particular paragliding.
Though Kusadasi is famous for being a haven for party animals, it’s also home to numerous beaches and historical sites that make it the perfect beach resort getaway. Spend your days lazing on Long Beach and wandering through the famous bazaar, and your nights touring the lively selection of bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Dalyan is a small town in Mugla Province, positioned on a river that flows from the Mediterranean Sea into Lake Koycegiz. Life in Dalyan revolves around the river, but for tourists the main draw is the nearby Iztuzu Beach, home to protected Loggerhead turtles and perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Dalyan’s vibe is relaxed and friendly, making it perfect for family getaways.
For a truly laid back beach holiday, head to the village of Sarigerme, once the ancient city of Pisilis. With seven kilometres of golden sandy beach, nearby historical ruins at Kaunos, and plenty of opportunities for turtle watching and nature tours, this is the perfect destination for a relaxing beach getaway.
If you’re looking for the best beach in Turkey, then this just might be it. Patara is home to the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach in Turkey, meaning it’s easy to find a quiet spot to yourself even on the busiest of summer days. Having avoided development like many other resorts in Turkey, Patara is home to the ruins of an ancient city and like Dalyan, also shelters Loggerhead turtles.
For a truly high-class beach holiday, the boutique town of Kalkan is the place to be. The town is centred around a small, pebbly beach lined with sun-loungers and beach bars, and built up on the rocky hills overlooking the bay. Best of all, it’s just a short drive from the larger, sandy beaches at Patara and Kaputas.
The city of Alanya, on Turkey’s southwest coast may be famous for its fortified harbour and castle, but it’s also a stunning beach resort that’s perfect for a family vacation or a couple’s getaway. Alanya has two main beaches: Cleopatra Beach, a two kilometre stretch of golden sand, and the Eastern Beach, which is rockier and better-suited to snorkelling.
The main beach in Marmaris is made up of volcanic sand and pebbles, and offers excellent swimming and water sports. This sprawling resort town also offers a 16th century Turkish bath, a hilltop castle, a bazaar and an atmospheric Old Town, perfect for strolling around when you need a break from sunbathing.
Side is located on a peninsula on Turkey’s south coast and features two beautiful sandy beaches, a huge amphitheatre, a 2000-year-old temple and a chic, palm-fringed waterfront.
With its charming cobbled streets, stone houses and beautiful secluded beaches, Alacati is one of Turkey’s best kept secrets. Visitors can enjoy the quiet life here by simply roaming the tranquil streets or reclining on one of the beaches, but it’s also a brilliant place for water sports, in particular windsurfing.
These days, it’s easier than ever to find all-inclusive, affordable Turkey holidays, and there are tons of great low-cost providers where you can bag yourself a bargain. Get booking now and in two weeks’ time you could be lying back on a golden beach, sipping a raki in style.
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Jo Lancer is a blogger and travel writer, and has spent the last 5 years roaming the world seeking new experiences. Currently, she bases herself in Cyprus where she is able to write about two of her favourite countries in the Med: Greece and Turkey.