The 6 Best Beaches in Turkey That You Should Never Miss to Visit

The sunny Turkey is home to a great number of amazing beaches. To have a wonderful holiday here, you need not have to be necessarily bound to the hyper popular and therefore too crowded all-inclusive resorts. Instead you can choose the Turkey beaches that have been alluring visitors for long. Let’s take a look beyond the overly touristic beaches of Marmaris and Kusadasi resorts and reveal Turkey’s other top destinations for sunbathing, swimming or surfing.

Pantara

Pantara is located in Xanthos Valley. It has fine, white sand and a total length of 15 km. This makes it one of the longest Mediterranean beach strands. The entrance area is well crowded, but if you go past the dune region in the northwest you will enjoy more solitude. The summer season has good waves for surfing, while autumn and spring are ideal for swimmers.

The Butterfly Valley

This spectacular area bordered by two tall cliffs hides a pristine sand strap that can be reached by boat from Oludeniz. It is a wild place for trekkers and campers, untouched by modern developments. If you stay in Faralya, you can gaze down at the spectacular rock formation.

Kabak

Kabak is the name of a village that is located on the Lycian Way. Tourists love its cosy wooden huts and the general tranquility of the place. The valley has lush pine forests, features bits of mountainous relief and the beach is rather filled with pebbles than with sand. The landscape is thus very different from the usual sandy beaches of Turkey and definitely enchanting. The only downside is the large mosquito population.

Iztuzu

Situated in Dalyan, this is probably the best beach to bring your children to. It is an all-sunny spot where large crowds gather. Also, it is a place for turtles to nest. On this sandy beach you will frequently encounter turtle tracks, as these animals come ashore to lay their eggs. Beyond the beach, there is a marshy area which hosts a rich wildlife.

Oludeniz

Frequently photographed, the beach in Oludeniz is a long sandy strap that leads to a wonderful blue lagoon. Besides the natural beauty of the area, the beach is also famous because of the varied and affordable accommodation in the area. Para-sailing enthusiasts find Oludeniz the best spot to practice. They are thrilled with the aerial views.

Bodrum

A well known name to tourists, Bodrum is on the Turquoise Coast, as it’s called. The south of the peninsula in the Aegean Sea is home to numerous resorts with lovely beaches, all bordered by the bright blue sea waters. Moreover, Bodrum is a place of ancient history, of beautiful mountain views and Mediterranean flora. It is a preferred destination for the rich visitors and thus one of the luxury areas on Turkey’s touristic map.

Why Turkey Is Your Best Option for an Awe-Inspiring Holiday

Geographically, aesthetically, culturally and historically the beautiful country of Turkey lies between Islamic Asia and Christian Europe. The country’s rich history has left it with an impressive array of monuments, cathedrals and palaces that are a history buffs paradise. Other than that, Turkey shares its coasts with two of the most beautiful seas on Earth- Mediterranean and Black Sea. These two have provided Turkey with a coastline that has few competitors in beauty and adventure. Regions like the Turquoise coasts off the Mediterranean, Istanbul and Cappadocia, etc. are hugely popular travel spots that regularly feature on must visit places across the planet.

With its distinctive European modernity and Middle Eastern culture, Istanbul is truly one of the ‘World cities’ that defies segregation on cultural grounds. This is because the culture of Istanbul has been influenced by both Europeans and Islamic regions of Asia. The city was formerly called Constantinople (324 AD) and was the capital of the Byzantine Empire or New Roman Empire. During this time, the city was a great centre for Christianity under the Emperor Constantine the Great. The Emperor and his successors left the world with several monuments like the Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Old Walls of Istanbul, etc.

These historical monuments are must visits during the Istanbul city breaks or tours of the city. The city also served as a seat of the Ottoman Empire and they left the world with impressive buildings like Sultanahmet Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Even with all its majestic beauty, the true taste and smells of Istanbul can be found in its narrow alleys. If you are adventurous enough, then take a tour of the city by foot, try out its cuisines and shop for trinkets at the Grand Bazaar. When shopping in the Grand Bazaar make sure you bargain and bargain well!

Cappadocia is a beautiful and enchanting travel destination in Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The area is quite arid and dry but its popularity lies in its awe-inspiring natural beauty. The stark landscape of the region only highlights the wonders of the region. One of the oldest inhabitable locations of the world, Cappadocia has been recognised as a historical heritage. The natural wonders consist of legendary fairy chimneys, the rocks of Goreme and Urgup, etc. that leave tourists dumbstruck. There are also several rock cut cathedrals and underground settlements that only add to the appeal of the region.