6 of the most breathtaking beaches in Turkey

When you conjure images of a “paradise” you will probably think of white sand beaches, deep blue lagoons, palm trees swaying in the wind and the sun beat down from a cloudless sky.

Turkey’s Turquoise Coast ticks all of these boxes. Undoubtedly the most picturesque area of the country, the miles upon miles of perfect sand provide a memorable setting for anyone that is lucky enough to visit. From quiet coves to the breathtaking scuba diving spots, these beaches are ready to wow you.

Here are our pick of the best of Turkey’s strong beach scene.

Kabak Beach – Fethiye

When you look up the word ‘tranquility’ in the dictionary it should be accompanied by a picture of Kabak Beach. Surrounded by a pine forest and the rolling hills of the Turkish countryside, this small crescent-shaped beach provides the reward for the hike from the village of Kabak. Take a swim in the turquoise waters and sample the unique atmosphere of one of the hidden gems of Turkey’s coast.

Iztuzu Beach – Dalyan

Share your day at the beach with a few unusual faces at Iztuzu Beach. Close to the resort of Dalyan is one of Turkey’s best eco-beaches and is home to an abundance of loggerhead sea turtles. The soft white sands are a breeding ground for these friendly creatures and, as such, it is a protected area. However, you can still enjoy a paddle in the inviting waters and the peaceful atmosphere that makes the turtles feel at home.

Patara Beach – Antalya

Those loggerhead turtles really do have tremendous taste in beaches. Another favourite for the protected species is Patara Beach, the focal point of this ancient city. One of the jewels along the Turkish Riviera, it forms part of a national park with the stunning soft sand dunes creating a dramatic backdrop to the crashing waves. This unspoilt spot mean you can feel at one with nature in this still setting.

Blue Lagoon – Ölüdeniz 

When holidaymakers want a moment to escape the bustling towns and resorts there is one place they come – the Blue Lagoon. Among the most famous beaches in Turkey, you can put your towel down and admire the views of the plant-covered Babadag mountain. A favourite for paragliders to watch the amazing landscape from above, you can still see the vibrant blue ocean in all of its glory from the white sands.

Icmeler Beach – Marmaris

Among the many holiday towns dotted along the Turkish Riviera, Icmeler Beach balances the quiet beach life while also providing all the amenities for holidaymakers. Spreading across eight kilometres there are relaxed spots perfect for sunbathing while there are bars and restaurants offering excellent views of ocean. And if you want to try your hand at scuba diving, surfing or jet skiing, this is the place to be.

Cleopatra’s Beach – Alanya

When a beach carries the same name as Cleopatra, you can expect a place of immense beauty. Cleopatra’s Beach certainly delivers and places the cherry on top of the cake in Alanya. This 2.5-kilometre stretch of shoreline is a great spot for swimming, building sandcastles and grabbing a bite to eat. As holiday resorts beaches go, this has a level of charm to match its namesake.

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