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The 10 most beautiful beaches of Turkey

Ölüdeniz

We start with the most famous beach of Turkey. The breathtaking Ölüdeniz. Star of the tourist leaflets around the world.

There is a small seaside resort of the same name, which is sheltered by the pine-capped Babadag mountain. For an exciting day out you can jump from the top to a paraglider. With this paraglider you land on the wide beach of Belcekiz. It is one of the best beaches in the whole Mediterranean Sea according to Visum4me.

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BUTTERFLY VALLEY

Definitely the most unique beach in Turkey, the beautiful Butterfly Valley. This is so called because of the hundreds of species of butterflies who find their home here every year.

Butterfly Valley is a designated nature reserve with strict laws. It is also difficult to reach-access is only possible by boat or on foot. This has become a popular place for tourism with a bit of a hippie atmosphere. The approach by boat is certainly one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean Sea. If you visit this place, be respectful of your surroundings and leave no traces. For visiting this beach it might be nice to know some phrases and words in Turkish to communicate with the Turks at this place.

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Çirali/OLYMPOS

The rugged mountainous nature of the coastline means that many beaches and bays are difficult to reach (hence the popularity of Gulet cruises). Another beach that benefits from this is the long bay that includes Olympos and Cirali. This is still known as a natural paradise and has not been altered by development.

Olympos is a bit of a hippie oasis. It is home to an eternal flame called the Chimera. Some lovely old ruins and wooden tree house accommodations. Leave your laptops and bank cards at your resort. This place is seen as the perfect venue for a digital detox. Further afield is Cirali Beach, which is a little further developed. This beach is also very suitable for couples, yogis and retained family outings.

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Patara

Patara is an amazing beach of up to 11 miles long. If you want your beaches wide, sandy and wonderfully free from other people, then you will love Patara.

The reason it has not been developed for development is the presence of protected Loggerhead turtles, which lay their eggs on the beach. There are ruins of the ancient city of Patara scattered behind the dunes.

The beach is disorganized, except for a small café and some sun loungers in the season. Nature lovers can explore the creeks and lagoons nearby. The nearest place to stay is Gelemi, about 1.5 km inland.

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CLEOPATRA BEACH, ALANYA

On the other side of the spectrum is the very organized Cleopatra beach in the city of Alanya. Famous for its white sand and turquoise waters, it is probably the best (and most popular) city beach in Turkey.

Legend has it that this 2.5 km long Beach was enjoyed in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains by Anthony and Cleopatra, who imported the sand themselves from the desert. Nowadays you can expect water sports, pirate Party boats, sunbeds, beach bars and even minigolf.

If you want your beaches organized and with lots of activities, you do not have to look any further than here in Alanya. It is popular with young holidaymakers and families, especially Russians. Outside the high summer it is almost empty, except for the joggers that run up and down along the promenade. There are plenty of other attractions to visit with the whole family. You can find them here.

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KABAK

Kabak is another beautiful secluded cove along the Turquoise coast. Not far from Butterfly Valley, it gets less days people and thus remains more of a peaceful idyll, popular with locals. Kabak is a place where you go and no longer want to leave-especially if you like nature, yoga, camping and walking.

Unlike Butterfly Valley there is access to the road and a few places to stay. The atmosphere is bohemian and ultra cooled.

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KAPUTAS BEACH, KALKAN

Another favorite of travel brochures and promotions, Kaputas is the legendary bay near Kalkan, where a steep drop to the sea is interrupted by Turkish guletboats that are anchored waiting for their patrons to take a dip. A road winds along the edge of the cliffs, in the style of Amalfi Coast.

Unlike the other beaches along the coast that are formed at the mouth of a steep gorge, Kaputas is by no means undiscovered. In the high season you will find it full of tourists and locals. Access is by boat or via steep stairs.

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IZTUZU, DALYAN

Iztuzu- also known as Turtle Beach-is another place that benefits from a protected nature reserve thanks to the local Caretta Caretta turtle population. The area is unusual because of its freshwater delta, cut off from the sea by a 4.5 km long spit of sand, which offers a natural paradise for wildlife.

The beach is closed at night to protect the turtles and it is forbidden to use parasols in the nesting area. There is a conservation center where you can learn more about the endangered species. Avoid the boat rides and enter trips However, these do more harm than good.

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KONYAALTI, ANTALYA

If you like to stretch out on the beach, you will appreciate Konyaalti, one of the urban beaches of Antalya.

It is still an extensive sandy beach that proves why the Turkish Riviera is one of the best beach holiday destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s miles long! It is close to the city, so you won’t get bored and the Bey Mountains offer a beautiful decor.

Konyaalti is more popular with affluent residents than with foreign holidaymakers, and behind the beach you will find an endless range of food courts and tasty treats.

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ORTAKENT, BODRUM

For small pleasures, the charming little resort Ortakent has it all. Flecked with whitewashed buildings and boutique hotels, there is a pleasantly organized beach of dark golden sand.

Behind the beach are restaurants, beach bars and tea gardens hidden among the pines. It is a great option if you want amenities and water sports, but without the huge crowds that attract some of the beaches of Bodrum. And the swimming is fantastic.

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For visiting all these incredibly beautiful beaches you will need a visa . These are available from us:)

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