Patara Beach Panda cub.
Turkey Beach Pictures and Information
Best season: Turkey’s Beaches are best from May-October, though the water is still a little chilly up to June. Beware crowds during July-August.
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 guaranteed. Going topless is not a problem.
Olu Deniz Beach
Olu Deniz’s main beach, Belecekiz.
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.
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 Olu Deniz 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.
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 (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, thankfully brought my daughter beach shoes!
Considering its surrounded by trees, there was no breeze, and it was scolding!
The toilets were filthy, and to top it all off the water was disgusting! Cigarette buts floating everywhere. we paid quite a bit for 2 sun beds and a umbrella, but only stayed an hour! The surrounding area is beautiful, what you can see, but we were bitterly disappointed!
Marmaris is a busy and somewhat down-market resort with occasionally clean sand but no showers. The pleasant promenade stretching for a couple of miles round the bay to the rather better Içmeler beach resort town which is fine if local hawkers are under control.
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 visiting 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.