Home to a rich history, fascinating culture and archaeological sites galore, there is so much to see and do in Turkey. However, if you prefer to spend your holiday winding down and enjoying the glorious Turkish weather, you’ll be pleased to hear that the country boasts some truly beautiful beaches. What’s more, these stunning coastlines are less than a four hour flight from England and there are some great holiday deals available online. Here are five of our favourite beaches in Turkey…
Patara beach, Fethiye
Relatively untouched by developers, the Lycian Coast is home to some of the country’s most secluded and picturesque beaches and many would agree that the finest of which is Patara. Stretching for nine miles of soft, golden sands, Patara Beach is perfect for those seeking a little solitude while sunbathing. But you won’t be completely alone on the shores of Patara; this is one of the spots where loggerhead turtles come to lay and hatch their eggs.
Alanya beach, Antalya
Alanya is a popular resort town situated along Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. The beach can get crowded during peak season, but thanks to 14 miles of warm sand, there is plenty of room for everyone. More southerly than most, Alanya offers pleasant weather all year round and the shoreline is the perfect spot to enjoy the incredible views of the 13th century Seljuk Castle.
Oludeniz beach, Oludeniz
Reaching longingly out to sea, Oludeniz is a breathtaking beach layered with silky white sands and lapped by turquoise waters. The shoreline of Oludeniz surrounds a picture postcard lagoon which is made up of warm, crystal clear waters perfect for water sports or simply cooling off from the hot Mediterranean sun.
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye
Between the months of June and September this stunning area close to Oludeniz is home to thousands of colourful butterflies who come to mate in the serene and tranquil valley. Situated between two towering cliffs, the beach is also close to a waterfall which further adds to the astounding natural beauty of the area.
Iztuzu beach, Dalyan
A distinctive narrow stretch of sand, Iztuzu beach is a beautiful natural preserve with strict codes of conduct. With around 300 nests every year, this is another breeding hotspot for Caretta Caretta (loggerhead turtles) and to protect this endangered species, the beach is closed to the public between 8pm and 8am. Outside of these hours, Iztuzu beach is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your Mediterranean surroundings.