Turkey attracts millions of visitors each year to its sun kissed shores. With so many cheap holidays to this beautiful country, it’s never been easier to enjoy one of its many, world-renowned beaches. Here are five of the best, all offering something unique.
Located close to the ancient ruins of the Lycian city Patara, this is one Turkey’s most picturesque stretches of white sand. It’s also the longest beach in the country. With national park status, the beauty of the region is well preserved and it’s an important biodiversity area. Development hasn’t been allowed as the beach is a breeding ground for the near extinct, loggerhead turtle. During the months from May to October the beach is closed after sunset to allow these magnificent creatures to lay their eggs undisturbed.
The resort town of Alanya nestled on the Turkish Riviera is home to this Blue Flag awarded beach. Named in honor of the Egyptian queen, it is said that on a voyage to the Mediterranean, Cleopatra stopped at this bay for a swim. It’s no surprise with an inviting 2km stretch of crystal clear waters. Visitors can also enjoy an impressive view of Alanya Castle.
Once a hideout for pirates, Oludeniz beach is now a must-see destination for sun worshippers from around the globe. The often photographed Oludeniz is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey, backed by pine trees and spectacular mountain terrain. A mile long sweep of sand and shingle ends with a breathtaking lagoon. The beach is also lined with a promenade packed with plenty of local restaurants serving the freshest seafood.
Turkey’s take on Las Vegas, this lively region is home to sprawling resorts and unique hotels, many taking on the theme of an iconic landmark such as the Titanic Beach Lara Resort. With an 8km sandy beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice when finding that perfect, secluded spot. The hotel’s which line the beach also offer impressive facilities including loungers, umbrellas and beachside snacks. It’s also a great place for partygoers with a lively mix of clubs and bars.
Situated between the tourist towns of Kalkan and Kas is this dramatic beach accessible via a steep and long staircase. Nestled in between a gorge which has sheer cliff faces to either side, this is a spectacular spot to catch some rays. It remains a popular beach with the locals and can get busy in peak summer months. Be sure to bring you’re own water as this beach doesn’t have any facilities.
These five beaches are definitely worth visiting but there’s so many more waiting to be explored. Be sure to pack plenty of sun cream and go enjoy a holiday under the Turkish sun.