Turkey Beaches Pictures
Patara Beach Panda cub.
These beaches are often pebbly or hot sand so swimming shoes are useful.
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 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 long view.
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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's main beach, Belecekiz.
Olu Deniz Beach
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.
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.
Locals claim the season is all year round. No way, but the season is longer than Istanbul's.
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.
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.
Turtle Beach, Iztuzu, and the Dalyan River Delta.
Turtle Beach, Iztuzu
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.
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.
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!
Bodrum's small, imported 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.
For massive dedicated beach resorts try Mediterranean beaches like pebbly Konyaalti Beach in Antalya.
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.
Further east still are Alanya's sandy strands such as Cleopatra beach...
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.
...or Keykubat beach.