Best Beaches in Turkey

With long hot summers lasting from May until October and glorious sandy beaches basking beneath the Mediterranean sun, Turkey has hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. There are a variety of beaches to discover, from lively resort beaches to hidden bays with pristine sand and peaceful surroundings. With an approximately 4-hour flight time from the UK, Turkey is an ideal destination for a beach holiday for families wanting clean, safe beaches with shallow water and couples looking for tranquillity, water sports or both.

Best for Families

The beach at Olu Deniz is a long sweeping bay lined with a promenade lined with shops, cafés and restaurants making it an ideal choice for families who want facilities close by. Olu Deniz’s Blue Lagoon has beautifully calm and clear water ensuring it’s a safe place for kids to swim.

Hisaronu Bay, near Fethiye, is another good choice for families, with its two small beaches lapped by calm blue water. There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas dotted along the beach ensuring there’s plenty of shade, the resort that lies behind the beach is laid back and family friendly with a good selection of places to eat.

The sweeping 9-mile long Patara Beach child-friendly and sandy with calm water and numerous loungers and umbrellas to relax beneath during the hottest part of the day. Backed by sand dunes and tree-covered hills, there are toilet and shower facilities plus a bar where you can get refreshments.

Best for Water Sports

Ortakent on the Bodrum peninsula is a beautiful sandy beach with a village backdrop. The sea is clear and calm and ideal for water sports including sailing, kayaking and wake-boarding.

In the bay of Marmaris lies Içmeler Beach, a small beach with a lively promenade and a backdrop of mountains that offers a good choice of water sports including water-skiing, jet-skiing and windsurfing. Take a boat trip out along the rocky coastline to go scuba diving and snorkelling.

Best for the View

The fact that the beach at Butterfly Valley can only be reached by boat or along a rocky path that takes an hour to walk each way, ensures it has remained peaceful and unspoilt. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle, the sea is a deep shimmering blue and the backdrop is a forested canyon with steep cliffs on either side.

The pebbly Olympos Beach in the Olympos Beydaglari National Park is perfect for sun worshippers wanting to do little more than top up their tan,  go for a cooling dip in the calm, clear water of the Mediterranean and soak up the view of blue sea in front and forested hills and craggy rocks surrounding the beach.

Iztuzu Beach on the Dalyan Delta is a narrow spit of sand designated as a national conservation area, and the fact that it can only be reached by a 20-minute boat ride from the town of Dalyan means the endangered loggerhead turtles that breed on the beach remain protected. The beach is long, sandy and peaceful with warm shallow water and picturesque surroundings.