Whichever side of the coast you are on, you are sure to find a tranquil and gleaming slice of paradise.
Here are some amazing beaches worth visiting in Turkey…
Words Alia fawaz
Often rated as the best beach, Iztuzu or Turtle Beach is located in the southwest of Turkey.
It is the most important breeding site for Loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean.
The narrow beach stretches for almost 5 km in the delta of the Med and Dalyan River.
It makes up a protected wildlife area, so the beach is not overcrowded.
To reach Kaputas Beach you will need to take a long flight to stairs (nearly 200 steps), but anyone will tell you it is worth it. Located in southwestern Turkey between Kas and Kalkan, Kaputas sits at the base of a dramatic gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand.
You can swim to the sea caves of Güvercin Mağarası and Mavi Mağara, and there are plenty of waterside rocks that act as natural diving boards.
Kabak Beach is known for its tranquility and untouched natural beauty, where you won’t find any watersports, sun beds, or boat trips.
Situated at the brink of the Kabak Valley in the southwest, where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean, it is surrounded by a lush pine forest, making the trip to this stunning beach quite an adventure in itself.
Butterfly Valley is a charming small beach that found its place at the brink of a V-shaped valley between two spectacular towering cliffs.
Faralya village is on the top of the cliff, where you can hang out and enjoy breathtaking scenery. You can climbdown the rocky path to the water or else get there by boat.
Patara Beach is 11 miles of shimmering sand dunes located in a national park.
The beach is closed after sunset from May to October, so that loggerhead sea turtles can lay and hatch their eggs in the sand.
You won’t find many tourists here and it has one community-run café.
The beach that runs from the ruins at Olympos to Çıralı has everything you can possibly want during your vacation – quiet fish restaurants, tree house cafés, and beach yoga classes overlooking inviting transparent waters.
Çıralı Beach is surrounded by rocky hills, covered with pine forest, and it faces Mount Tahtali, the home of Gods.
If you are fond of snorkeling Sivrice Bay is the best choice, located in Assos on the Aegean Sea. Often overlooked by tourist guidebooks, this idyllic beach is a real gem if you’re looking for natural beauty.
It has a narrow pebbly shore fringed with olive groves and water so transparent you can see fish, with or without a snorkel.
The soft golden sands and warm waters of Aydincik Beach are a favorite among locals and windsurfers.
The beach is on the Turkish island Gökçeada, making up one of two Aegean inhabited islands.
Flamingoes and other birds can often be seen bathing in the salt water inland, and the area nearby is a nature reserve.