Turkey's Best Beaches

Turkey's shores are washed over by three different seas, making for a very varied coastline. The Mediterranean coast is also referred to as the Turquoise Coast, for the amazing colours of the ocean, but it's also the section of coast behind which most of the country's most impressive Roman ruins await discovery anew. The Black Sea is the coolest and quietest, but it also has some naturally spectacular blue green gems, and the Aegean is the Asian Minor of ancient Greece, the place of Homer and his mythology, with rocky cliffs overlooking sandy bays.

The mix of neat sandy crescents and shingle, clear bottomed bays are sometimes overlooked for the tropical idylls of the Caribbean, but both Ölü deniz and Patara Beach have been called the 'World's Best Beach' by the international press, so Turkey is well worth your consideration if your main holiday credential is a beautiful, sunny beach.

From the top of the map heading south east these are Turkey's best beaches and beach resorts:

  • Pamucak Beach

    Some of this stretch of beach is owned by the large resorts built along it, but most of its sandy, sunny length is still open t…

  • Ladies Beach, Kusadasi

    Kusadasi has a number of nice beaches, but the nicest is supposed to be Ladies Beach, partly because you're not allowed to brin…

  • Gümüşlük Beach

    This narrow beach has trees strategically planted along it providing pockets of shade.  They do slightly obscure the view of th…

  • Turgutreis Beach

    Turgutreis has a narrow sandy beach on the Aegean, so close to the Greek island of Kos that you can see it off shore. The local…

  • Ortakent Yali Beach

    Yahisi beach is around the centre point of the Bodrum Peninsular, overlooked by the famous 17th Century multi storey houses of …

  • Bitez Beach

    This pretty shallow bay has a nice mountainous backdrop and is famous enough to be lined with restaurants, bars and souvenir st…

  • Sedir Island and Cleopatra's Beach

    Also called Cleopatra's Island,  this island is famous for a beach which has some of the nicest sand in the world – so perfect …

  • Iztuzu Beach and its turtles

    More than just a very pretty arc of sand against a backdrop of pine covered mountains, this beach is an important nesting sight…

  • Çalis Beach

    Çalis Beach is the kind of place for relaxing. Though the beach itself is shingle, and only four kilometres long, the water is…

  • Ölü deniz

    This is one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey – which must say something about it being at least aesthetically pleasin…

  • Belcekiz Beach

    This is one of the world’s most photographed beaches and it adorns many posters advertising trips to Turkey. An aesthetically …

  • Kaputaş beach

    Kaputaş beach has some of the bluest water you've ever seen. So blue that it's almost impossible, especially so if the first t…

  • Patara Beach

    18km of sand on this 'Turquoise coast' make this, the birthplace of Apollo, one of the longest beach destinations in the Med. H…

  • Olimpos Beach

    A pine forest lines the back of this beach, in which is hidden the ruins of an ancient temple - marble pillars are scattered be…

  • Kemer Beach

    Kemer has two kinds of beach – pebbles and sand.  The sand is near the yacht marina and the beach side resort.  This is not the…

  • Lara Plaji (Beach)

    Lara Beach is long. Peering off into the distance without seeing a ridge of cliffs to mark the end kind of long. The sand is …

  • Beaches of Side

    Side has two main beaches lining its coast, one to the east and the other to the west. Both are long and sandy, offering water…

  • Kizkalesi Beach

    Off the shore from this narrow strip of beach are the rounded towers of a castle fort, sitting in the middle of the ocean. Thi…

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