Turkey is full of attractions, but the beaches along its 7000-kilometre coastline are the most sought after.
It is home to some of the most stunning Turkish landscapes. There are also plenty of cultural experiences right on the sand.
If you are thinking of heading to the Aegean Sea you might be curious as to where you can find the best beaches. Although it’s hard to find a Turkish beach that isn’t spectacular, we have done our research and picked our top picks. These sandy highlights, which range from family hotspots and off-the-beaten track gems will have you booking your tickets in no time.
1. Kabak Beach, Fethiye
You’ll find the bohemian village at Kabak about 25 km from Oludeniz. This place is popular with backpackers, nature lovers, and yogis. You will need to walk another 30 minutes to reach the steep trail that leads down to Kabak Beach. You can reach this half-moon beach, surrounded by pine forest and mountain. However, the peaceful and tranquil beach at the bottom of the trail is worth the effort.
You’ll find a lot of backpackers and locals on the pebbles of Kabak Beach and the white sandy beaches . There aren’t many facilities, water sports or rental of beach chairs. It is a relaxed atmosphere. People come to Turkey to enjoy the natural beauty and peaceful stillness during their villa vacation in Turkey. You can find shaded spots to get away from the sun while enjoying a drink at one of the bars. The only thing you will need is a juice or beer from one of the beach bars. There are loggerhead turtles nearby to keep you company.
Where to Stay: Villa Leanne
2. Mermerli Beach Antalya
Although Antalya’s heart might not be where you would expect to find the most beautiful beaches in the county, it is.
Mermerli Beach, located just a few minutes from the city center, is a small-city beach that’s located next to the old port. Mermeli is only accessible by foot as Antalya has a pedestrian-only area. However, it is worth a stroll to enjoy a bit of relaxation, sunbathing, and swimming after a hard day walking around the city.
You will need to pay a small amount at Mermerli Restaurant before you can access the beach. From there, you’ll have to descend a wooden staircase. You will receive a parasol and a sunbed. Additionally, you can have drinks and ice creams delivered to your seat at the restaurant. The small beach of brown sand, pebbles and stone has been extended by a stone plateau and wooden terrasses. However, there is limited space. The water is very clear and there is ample space.
3. Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz
Oludeniz Blue Lagoon is the most popular beach in Turkey. It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Tourists flock to the turquoise waters to unwind by the water.
This large bay is situated right where the Aegean sea meets the Mediterranean, within a protected nature park with the Babadag mountains behind. Although the sands can be quite rough, most people love to relax in the warm, shallow waters.
The blue lagoon was an undiscovered gem that was only accessible to backpackers and hippies until the 1980s. It is now well-developed with bars, restaurants and a variety of activities. Paragliding from nearby mountains is one of the most loved pastimes. You can also rent a paddleboard if you prefer to explore at sea level. You’ll quickly see why the blue lagoon is one the most photographed beaches of Europe. It’s a great place to visit on your luxury villa vacation in Turkey.
4. Icmeler Beach, Marmaris
You can find the golden sands at Icmeler Beach in the same resort town, 8 km from Marmaris. This once small fishing village is now a popular beach getaway for both families and groups of adults.
Iclemer is surrounded by pine forest and backed by the Taurus Mountains. It has an unusual Caribbean vibe. The 6km stretch of sand is clean every night, so it doesn’t feel crowded.
You’ll find everything you need here, including bars and restaurants. The beach is calm and has small waves. This makes it ideal for long swims or just relaxing in the sun. Parasailing, jet skiing, and Scuba Diving are all options. You can also hike up the hills to enjoy beautiful views of the beach.
Where to Stay: Villa Gulseren
5. Patara Beach, Gelemis
Patara Beach is named after the ancient Lycian Lycian city Patara. You will need to go through the ruins in order to reach the beach. However, the remains of ancient temples and streets, as well as arches, provide the perfect backdrop to this beautiful stretch of coastline and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Patara, at 18 kms, is the longest stretch of beach in Turkey. It has minimal development so you can easily find a private spot to relax. The waters are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and long walks.
This natural paradise, made up of limestone peaks surrounded by rolling white dunes, is part of a national parks. The beach is also a protected area for loggerhead turtles. The beach is largely undeveloped, with the exception of a small cafe that rents parasols and other items. Patara is closed to humans after sunset. This allows turtles full access to the sand.
6. Cirali Beach, Cirali
It is hard to believe that Cirali Beach, a tranquil beach in the middle of Antalya, is only an hour drive away. It is hidden in the middle the Taurus Mountains. It might seem like it’s in the middle nowhere.
The unspoiled shingle beach is a paradise for history and nature enthusiasts. The ruins and the eternal flames at Chimaera can be found on one side of the beach. The endangered loggerhead turtles nest in the WWF-protected conservation zone on the sandy stretch between these two sites.
Visitors will enjoy the clear waters and having plenty of space for themselves. Cirali is not the easiest place to find if you don’t know where it is. However, there is rarely any crowds. Because it is protected, any development is limited to the area. There are no loud bars on the beaches or water sports (apart from some sea kayaks), and there are only a few restaurants, sunloungers and a picnic area.
7. Kaputas Beach, Kas
Kaputas Beach is a strong contender for the title ‘Most Beautiful Beach In Turkey’. It’s located just off the coast road between Kas (Kalkan).
This stunning beach is located under two forested cliffs at the mouth Kaputas Canyon. You will need to descend a staircase that is 187 steps to reach it. But don’t forget about stopping to admire the view from up high and joining others to capture it on film.
After you have made your descent, you can lay down on the pebbled sands sunbed and swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters. You can bring your children along and let them enjoy the shallows. You don’t have to worry about crowds during your luxury villa vacation in Turkey, even though it is popular with tourists and locals. The beach cafes are usually manned by just enough people to provide a steady flow of customers (including our favorite Turkish pancake shack).
Where to Stay: Villa Tobias
8. Cleopatra Beach, Alanya
Cleopatra Beach is the most visited beach in Turkey. It can be found in the center of Alanya in the foothills surrounding the iconic medieval fortress Alanya Castle.
The 2.5-kilometre stretch of fine sand was named after Queen Cleopatra, who is believed to have fallen in love the bay while on a trip of the Mediterranean. You’ll understand why after seeing the deepblue waters firsthand.
The beach is surrounded by a charming walkway, as well as all the shops and cafes that you would need to enjoy a day at the beach. There are many amenities on the beach that will appeal to families, including the fact that childcare is available for over 2 million people annually. Cleopatra Beach has warm waters that are perfect for swimming. Paragliding and surfing are great options because of the large waves.
9. Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley
The hippie paradise of Butterfly Vallet (or Kelebekler Valisi) is Fethiye. It’s a popular destination for backpackers and campers who love reconnecting to nature while enjoying the friendly environment. The locals strive to preserve this simple lifestyle.
Butterfly Valley is a great place to visit, even if your plans are not to spend the night in a tent. This beach is a must-see for anyone who wishes to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty.
Butterfly Valley can be reached by boat from Oludeniz or by a steep hike that is best left for experienced climbers. It is a postcard cove with turquoise water and white sand, backed by the Babadag Mountains. You will find many great hiking trails to explore during your villa vacation in Turkey. Some of these trails lead to hidden waterfalls high up in the hills. Although the valley is named after 100 species of native butterflies, these tiny creatures are not often seen and can be hard to spot.
Where to Stay: Villa Gunes
10. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan
Iztuzu Beach, which stretches 4.5 kilometers from end to end, is bordered by the freshwater River Delta and the salty Mediterranean Sea.
This beach is pristine and has very little construction. It’s important to preserve its beauty and the valuable turtle habitats. Iztuzu Beach is a prominent nesting spot for loggerhead turtles, and is often called Turtle Beach. It is closed from 8 am to 8pm during the summer so that four-legged visitors can visit at night.
Iztutu is known for its soft, golden sands as well as the pine-covered hills. You can swim and surf in the warm water, and you have plenty of privacy on the sand. Although there are not many tourists who have visited this beach, there are several cafes that offer tea and pancakes. You can also take a boat ride across the river mouth to reach a small, shady beach.