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Patara beach young girl, Turkey

Patara Beach Panda cub.


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Turkish Beaches

These beaches are often pebbly or hot sand so swimming shoes are useful.
Note that Turkish beaches (in fact Mediterranean beaches in general) are not truly comparable with those of the Caribbean or Pacific - the water is cooler and the sand generally coarser, or frequently pebbles. Pretty, shady, palm tree fringes are also rare, though hot sunshine, friendly locals and low prices are almost guarenteed. Going topless is not a problem.

Turkey's Beaches are best from May-October, though the water is still a little chilly up to June. Beware crowds during July-August.


Patara Beach

Patara has 14.2 kms/9miles long of child-friendly, sandy beach backed only by a small cluster of (not very exciting) ancient ruins and swooping dunes - with no buildings visible save a small café at one end. Loungers and umbrellas available for rent. No watersports or camping. The area is inexpensive and there's a selection of low-key accommodation in nearby Patara town, with beach commuter transport or a longish walk.


Patara beach scene, Turkey

Patara long view.


email from Norlin, UK:
Patara beach is huge and white sands and fabulous warm sea! There is a small charge for the beds and umbrellas but you don't have to have them. There is good clean facilities for toilets and showering and a bar for drinks and snacks which is not expensive. If you like being on beaches you would not go wrong here. In fact I think you would want to return again and again!


Kaputas beach, Turkey

Kaputas Beach


Kaputas Beach

email from Blodwin52, UK:
Kaputas is a fantastic beach, incredible waves when we went. Only think is beware if you have small children as the beach shelves quite steeply and the waves can be really strong. Both myself and my youngest had a scarey moment where we thought we were in a tumble dryer!! However, I cannot recommend the beach highly enough - it is just lovely - make sure you go at end of day (after 4) as not so busy and the temperature is okay then. If you want somewhere to go on to eat from there, the Ada Restaurant further down from Kaputas has the best views ever. It is very basic but the fish is freshly caught (he brings you his catch in a bucket to choose) Our meal was fab and they cannot do enough for you (killing wasps with his bare hands!!!!) Reasonable price too as we found the restaurants in Kalkan were slightly rip off.


Kalkan beach, Turkey

Kalkan Beach.

Kalkan Beach

Kalkan is a hill town with colourful restaurants and terraced bars overlooking the not particularly attractive yacht marina, a small pebble beach and a couple of beach clubs around the bay.

Kalkan beach clubs offer varied watersports options including including banana boats, pedalos and giant trampolines in the water.They are a fair distance from upmarket hotels that occupy the hill above Kalkan, a 20 minute walk to town. Some hotels operate a collect and drop off service and others do free water taxis from the harbour where the town pebble beach is.


Olu Deniz main beach, Belcekiz, Turkey

Olu Deniz's main beach, Belecekiz.


Olu Deniz Beach

Olu Deniz is a very popular resort area, especially the main hillside town of Belecekiz, which has crystal clear water and a long, mostly shingle (small stones) beach curving away from the town promenade.
In addition to good value hotels in the main town, there are some popular resort villages nearby, so the beach can get crowded.

The promenade by the town has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés and there are loads of umbrellas and loungers for hire, and a wide range of water sports available.
Paragliding and Hangliding, solo or tandem, off the adjacent mountain and landing on the beach are extremely popular, as is scuba diving.

Locals claim the season is all year round. No way, but the season is longer than Istanbul's.
Summer temperature averages 32C, winter 20C. It's 1hr 45 mins from Dalaman Airport.


Olu Deniz peninsula beach, Turkey

The Blue Lagoon beach, Olu Deniz, voted best beach in the world by a German magazine.



Positive email from VBoro, UK: We were staying in OluDeniz and visited the Blue Lagoon twice and really enjoyed both visits. It costs 6 lira each to get in but the setting is fantastic and the lagoon itself is warm and sparklingy clear with shoals of very small fish around you. With no waves and more comfortable sand to stand on it's a superb for the less able swimmer such as us.
You could hire a boat if you wanted but not many people seemed to though i don't know how much that cost. The parts of the edge of the lagoon are slightly shaded by the trees which took the edge off the heat and made it more pleasurable if you don't like it too hot. If you wanted some waves on the other side of the narrow strip of land is the sea and a good sized beach.
There were clean toilets and showers free to use and a cafe. The cafe was ok with a basic menu, but if you were going to eat i'd personally recommend taking your own sandwich along with you, there is a shop which makes them up to take away on the corner next to the bus station at the very edge of Olu Deniz on the way to the lagoon. After reading about someone being bitten by insects we were well covered with repellant before we went and had no problem so i would recommend that as well just in case. All in all the lagoon gives you a chance for a relaxing few hours away from the hustle and bustle from the resort surrounded by fantastic scenery and is well worth a visit or two.


Olu Deniz' Butterfly Valley, Turkey

Olu Deniz' Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi). Photo by The Aga


Negative email from 32swales, UK: We decided one day last week to visit the Lagoon with my 4yr old daughter. We got a taxi down to the end of the car park which as people have said you need to pay 6lr each for entry into the lagoon.
Once at the end of the car park we walked to the end of the lagoon, which is quiet a walk with a small child and to be honest we got to the 'beach' and could of easily have turned round and gone back to the hotel!
The sun beds are cramped together, the stones are horrible and were scolding hot to walk on, thankgod I ought my daughter beach shoes! Considering its surrounded by trees, there was no breeze, and it was scolding! The toliets were filthy, and to top it all off the water was disgusting! Cigarette buts floating everywhere. we paid quite a bit for 2 sunbeds and a umberella, but only stayed an hour! The surrounding area is beautiful, what you can see, but we were bitterly dissapointed!



Iztuzu Turtle beach, Turkey

Turtle Beach, Iztuzu, and the Dalyan River Delta.


Turtle Beach, Iztuzu

Reached by boat, Turtle Beach (also known as Iztuzu Beach), a sandbar of the Dalyan Delta, is one of the last breeding places in Europe for the protected loggerhead 'Cretta' sea turtle.
It's several kilometres long, with very scenic surroundings, hot brown sand, and shallow water. A small café, sun loungers and umbrellas available. It's accessible mainly by an enjoyable 20 minute public boat ride from pleasant, relaxed Dalyan town.


Turtle Beach sand,Iztuzu, Turkey

Iztuzu beach.

Dalyan achieved international fame in 1986 when developers wanted to build a luxury hotel on Iztuzu Beach. The incident created major international storm when David Bellamy championed the cause of the conservationists. The development project was stopped and the beach is now a protected area.

There are cafes at both ends of the beach. At the boat end there are ladies who make delicious pancakes with cheese or meat or honey and banana and other fillings. The cafe will make toasted sandwiches and serve cake, along with tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, cold beers, ice creams and fresh fruit.
The cafe at the other end is smaller since fewer people go there, but they do a full range of drinks and sandwiches.



Marmaris beach, Icmeler, Turkey

Marmaris bay.

Marmaris beach

Marmaris is a busy and somewhat down-market resort with occasionally clean sand but no showers, a couple of miles long with a traffic free promenade stretching all way round the bay to the rather better Içmeler where hawkers can be a bother. Marmaris is a fine place to get a tan, beer, chip butties and 24hr satellite soccer; it also has an award-winning PADI & BSAC dive centre and an Aqua Park that receives very mixed reviews ranging from 'absolute rubbish and a waste of time' and 'too commercial' to ' Best of the Water Parks in Marmaris'.

There are plenty of things to do near Marmaris, including Pamukkale, Dalyan's Lycian tombs, ancient ruins and mud baths, and even Ephesus, but avoid the rip off day trips to Greece's Rhodes island. 'Rip off' seems to be a recurring phrase re Marmaris!
Marmaris is 2 hrs 15 mins from Dalaman Airport.


Bodrum beach, Turkey

Bodrum's small, imported beach.


Bodrum beach

Bodrum is a large, lively, well developed holiday resort and port on the Mediterranean coast with varied tourism possibilities including taking Blue Cruises on traditional gulet yachts, a restrained upmarket hotel life or a wild life of beaches, beer and all-night raves.
Just around the corner is slightly better Gumbet Beach but take a ride over to Bitez Beach for the best sand and services in the area.

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Konyaalti Beach in Antalya, Turkey

For massive dedicated beach resorts try Mediterranean beaches like pebbly Konyaalti Beach in Antalya.


Antalya Beaches

Antalya is a modern city on the Mediterranean coast, with a small historic center, a superb archeological museum, several lengthy and well sorted beaches, a variety of decent hotels, a busy international airport, panoramic mountain and sea views and plenty of things to do nearby, such as visiting the pretty but busy Duden Waterfalls (no swimming!) or the ancient Roman site of Perge (wear shoes, not flip flops!) or rafting in Koprulu Canyon.
The only sand in Antalya is Lara Beach.


Cleopatra beach, Alanya, Turkey

Further east still are Alanya's sandy strands such as Cleopatra beach...


Alanya Beaches

Alanya is a huge town stretching several miles along the coast and to the mountains behind. It has several excellent sandy beaches with facilities which cater for most needs. The coastal strip is very touristy, lined with hotels, restaurants and shops, giving way to residential areas behind. Alanya has something for everyone except those seeking style or solitude.


Keykubat beach in Alanya, Turkey

...or Keykubat beach.



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