Beaches in Turkey

When you’re a country with coastlines along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas you’re bound to be spoiled for choice when it comes to decent beaches and that’s certainly the case with Turkey. Some, like those around Marmaris, are well-known to foreign visitors and come with all the amenities a holiday-maker could ask for. Less developed options also abound, like those on the Datça Peninsula, while some, like those on the islands of Bozcaada and Gökçeada, are hugely popular with Turks but only slowly gaining a reputation with visiting holiday-makers.  Plan your beach vacation and visit the best beaches in Turkey:

Patara Beach

Patara Beach is 11 miles west of Kalkan by road on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, and is a very long and uncrowded beach.  Patara Beach is 12 miles long and 50 meters wide, and never crowded.  The beach is a 12 kilometer long sandy beach set between mountains and sand dunes along the back of the beach.  Voted as one of the top beaches in the world, it is known as the “widest beach of the northern Mediterranean. Only about a 15 minute stroll from some of the major ruins, even in the height of summer it is never crowded.  The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful. There is only one café near the end of the path to the beach, it also rents out sunbeds and umbrellas.  If the beach has one drawback, it’s that there are few trees and thus little shade, so be prepared for a day of sun.

Patara Beach, Turkey

Patara Beach

Ölüdeniz Beach

The beach is why most people visit Ölüdeniz. While the decent strip of shore edging the village is free, the famed lagoon beach is a protected national park (Ölüdeniz Tabiat Parkı) that you pay to enter. Both the public beach and lagoon get heavily crowded in summer, but, with the mountains soaring above you, it’s still a lovely place to while away a few hours. There are showers, toilets and cafes, and sun-shades, loungers and paddle boats can be rented.

With its sheltered and protected lagoon beside a lush national park, it is a dream beach come to life from a glossy brochure.  If you’re looking for an easy-going day on the beach, you can’t really go wrong here.  And, if you’ve always wanted to throw yourself off a mountain, Ölüdeniz is one of Turkey’s top destinations for tandem paragliding.  Also nearby is the starting point for the wonderful Lycian Way walking trail, which runs high above the fun and frolics.

Ölüdeniz Beach, Turkey

Ölüdeniz Beach

Çıralı Beach

Çıralı beach is 3.2 km. long and is one of the best beaches of Turkey. Olympus ancient city and unquenchable fire of Lykia; named Chimera is located in the right and left hand side of the beach. Çıralı is has a significant reproduction area for caretta caretta species sea turtles with its clean sea and quite beach.  Çıralı Beach offers you a lot of options on attractions at the beach to include daily boat  and yacht trips, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and snorkeling.  There are also rental bikes available.

Cirali Beach, Turkey


Cirali Beach

Bitez Beach

Bitez Beach & Bay is approximately 6km from Bodrum, and has a cresent shaped cove with a long sandy beach.  This resort area is one of the Bodrum Peninsula’s maturer tourist resorts, and has had time to get past it’s development phase.  The area is well maintained,  with lots of olive and citrus groves. These groves seperate Bitez Bay from Bitez Village, and provide a tranquil route for strolling between the two.  Bitez Beach and bay is known as an ideal location for water sports, because of it’s calm and shallow waters. It attracts beginner windsurfers in the morning, and in popular with intermediate and advanced windsurfers in the afternoon when the off-shore winds pick up.  Enjoy scuba diving, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, banana boats, sailing, kayaking, and much more!

Bitez Beach, Turkey

Bitez Beach

Iztuzu Beach

Turtles and tourism coexist on the protected 4.5km of hard-packed sands of Iztuzu beach. Tracks emerging from the sea are visible on the sand in June and July, where turtles have dragged themselves ashore to lay their eggs, and the marshes behind the beach are often alive with other wildlife too. While lack of shade is often a problem on this beach, the gently shelving seabed calms the choppy waters, making Iztuzu excellent for children.

Itzitzu Beach, Turkey

Itzitzu Beach

Kabak Beach

The small village of Kabak is the perfect place to escape package holiday groups and most visitors come here to chill out in one of the many wooden huts and bungalows, set in the pine-forested valley behind the sand-and-pebble beach. Wear mosquito repellent in the summer though, as these pesky insects are everywhere.

Kabak Beach, Turkey

Kabak Beach

Aydıncık Beach

Arguably the best (and closest) of several south coast beaches, just 10km from the town, this beach is 1500m of sugary blonde sand, lapped by warm, pristine water. The salt lake just inland is a major habitat for migratory birds, especially flamingos, and the entire area is supposedly a protected reserve – though this has neither prevented tourist development nor deterred Balkan tourists from wallowing in the shoreline’s black mud, said to have healing properties.

Aydincik Beach

Aydincik Beach

Kemer Beaches

Kemer is a made-to-order resort in Turkey’s pristine pine-shaded Mediterranean coast 22 miles southwest of Antalya.  People visit Kemer for sun and sea. The beaches are mostly of large pebbles and stones, although the ones near the yacht marina and Yörük Parkı are of sand.  Visitors to Kemer can find a variety of beautiful golden sand beaches.  Kemer beaches also have a variety of water sports activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, snorkeling, scuba diving and more.  There are also plenty of boat trips from Kemer.  Moonlight beach, located just behind Kemer marina, is one of the beaches of Kemer and the main beach in the area.  Shops and restaurants have signs, ads and menus in Russian, Arabic, German and other foreign languages for the benefit of international visitors.  Kemer is great for have a sun-filled fun day at the beaches.

Kemer Turkey

Kemer Beaches

Sarigerme Beach

It is a beautiful stretch of sand; tiny grains, almost powder-like between your toes, and sun loungers set back from the sea, with boardwalks between bed and water. Its in turtle nesting territory, so beach chairs are carefully placed.  Sarıgerme Beach is controlled by an organization known by its acronym SARÇED, which enforces its rules and keeps the area in good condition.  If you are a beach worshipper and you are a love sandy beaches, then Sarıgerme is going to be a great beach for you.  If you’ve got kids and you need a beach vacation where beach, big hotel, pool, kids clubs and activities are right at your finger tips then again, Sarıgerme beach is the place for you. It is a beautiful little place and has a number of places serving food and drinks, with umbrellas and beach chairs rent.

Serigerme Beach, Turkey

Serigerme Beach

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14 Comments

  1. Rosa

    Hi,

    Great post! Didn’t realize there were that many beaches in Greece. The pictures of beaches look so inviting and great places to go to. I personally fear traveling anywhere there would be any fear of threats like terrorist, as there has been so much lately.

    The Patara Beach as you stated is the most peaceful beach because of the absence of developments and overcrowding from water sports activity as I personally love the peace and quiet.

    Visiting ruins and historical sites is a great plus for me since I enjoy this type of travel. Great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Rosa for visiting Beach Travel Destinations. Yes, I enjoy being able to enjoy historical sites and ruins as well. Nice that you can have it all in one place. I will be adding travel alerts to destinations as well, so that visitors are aware of any dangers.

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  2. Daniel OA

    Hey Leahrea,

    I have fallen n love with the spectacular views of these beaches. I love the order at Serigerme Beach and would prefer to get lost in Aydincik Beach. But what I notice in most of them is that they are not so chaotic and overly crowded. This is a big on-point reason for me to visit any beach. Great collection!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Daniel. Yes, not having to fight for towel space is definitely nice. Especially if you want to just relax and enjoy the beautiful view, the ocean, and of course the sand between your toes! Thank you for visiting the beaches in Turkey!

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  3. Emma

    who knew there are so many beaches in Turkey. I have never been but This would definitely help me find a beach that was located near my hotel. I would love to visit the Iztuzu beach as I would like to witness the turtles it would be amazing. As a beach lover I’m able to choose the best beach for me and plan my destination based on your information. Thank you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I too thing that Iztuzu Beach is a great choice. Watching the turtles is pretty amazing all by itself, not to mention the beach and scenery. Let me know if you need any additional information on Beach Travel Destinations.

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  4. Sunewako

    Hello Mattysmom,

    Great job! I like your pictures and I like the small village of Kabak more, I like the design of the shade protecting you from the sun.
    You laid you information very good, It is easy for people to know what to expect before they travel.

    Thank you for the information.

    Sunewako

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I’m so glad you liked my website. I am trying to make it a one stop for everything you need to take a wonderful beach vacation. Thank you for visiting the beaches in Turkey!

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  5. Tyler Baker

    Your website looks beautiful! The layout is very nice to read from, you have clear bold headings and nicely positioned images. Your images are completely relative to your text and make the page as a whole really brighten up. Text is nice and factual and can be very helpful for people who are looking for their perfect beach in Turkey.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Tyler! I’m trying to make it a site that has everything…getting there! Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

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  6. TBonki

    Wow – they all look so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to travel to Turkey, and this makes me want to visit more than ever. Great descriptions. My only worry is the safety of travelling there right now, with all the terrorism that has been happening. Of all these beaches, which one do you recommend the most? Have you been to them all?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am going to say Sarigerme Beach because I like to have lots of activity and things to do, and you find that at this beach. No, I have not been to all these beaches, but I sure want to 🙂 Thank you for visiting the Beaches in Turkey!

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  7. Tammy Gillaspie

    I love your site and would love if you can help me set up my page. I am having problems setting up my search engine and navigating on selecting and item and going to it and viewing things I want to post. I want to post plus size clothing with categories on leggings ,blouses ect. but I have never done this and not sure how to do this. Any help I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you. You did a wonderful job.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Tammy. I will send you an email to see how I can help 🙂

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