Best Beaches in Turkey

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Here's our top picks for the best beaches in Turkey…

  • Best Beaches in Turkey

    If you’re planning on jetting off to Turkey on your next getaway, the beaches are one thing you won’t want to miss. Turkey has over 450 Blue Flag beaches, and with hundreds of miles of pristine coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to soaking up the rays. 

    To help narrow down your options, here we’ll reveal our top picks for the best beaches in Turkey.

    Blue Lagoon – Oludeniz Beach

    If you’re heading to the Oludeniz region, you won’t want to miss the striking Blue Lagoon. Potentially the most photographed beach on the southern coast of Turkey, it’s renowned for its azure and turquoise coloured waters. 

    The lagoon itself is separated by a narrow channel from the beach. You can hire paddle boats and canoes to explore the lagoon, or simply paddle in its shallow waters. While there, you’ll get the scent of pine from the trees surrounding the lagoon, and there are great facilities available.

    Butterfly Valley Beach, Oludeniz 

    Another great beach to check out in the Oludeniz region is the remote Butterfly Valley Beach. Only reachable by boat, this is one of the most untouched beaches in the whole of Turkey. 

    The beach has only basic facilities available. There’s no electricity, which makes you feel like you’ve really stepped back in time. You’ll find a restaurant here which offers up light refreshments. If you love exploring unspoilt beaches, this is definitely the one for you. 

    While you’re there, you’ll be able to explore the rest of Butterfly Valley too. As you’d expect from the name, in certain seasons the area is swarming with colourful butterflies. There’s also a waterfall you can trek to, although it’s only recommended for more experienced hikers as there’s a climb of 900 metres. 

    Downtown Beach, Kusadasi

    Situated between the harbour and the marina, Downtown Beach is one of Kusadasi’s most special beaches. You’ll have a spectacular view over Pigeon Island, and there are lots of sunbeds available along the beach. Here, you can lie back and watch the cruise ships as they come into the port. 

    Due to its location, Downtown Beach does tend to get pretty busy. If you prefer a quieter beach this one might not be for you. 

    Sarigerme Beach, Sarigerme

    Stretching over 12km, Sarigerme Beach features both sand and shingle areas. Despite being one of the longest in the region, the beach remains remarkably quiet. 

    This beach is best suited to those who love watersports. Its choppy waters are ideal for jet-skiing, bodyboarding and paragliding. You’ll also be able to rent out a speed boat if you want to get that adrenaline pumping. 

    Showers are available at the beach, but there are no bars or restaurants here. You’ll want to take your own refreshments if you plan on staying for a while.

    These are just some of the best beaches in Turkey. There’s an outstanding collection of beaches in this wonderful country, so no matter which part you head to, you’ll find lots of great beaches on offer.

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Author: Suzanne Mulligan