Turkey’s best beaches
For most of us, Turkey isn’t the first country that springs to mind when it comes to holidaying on the Mediterranean. The Greek Islands, Spain and Italy are more obvious choices. But if sun, sea and food make you tick, Turkey is seriously worth considering. Stretching from Europe all the way to the Middle East, there’s no place on earth quite like it. Here’s a look at Turkey’s five best beach destinations.
Package tourists flock to the southwest port town of Marmaris like bees to a honeypot. They head here for beer, fast food and sunshine, but don’t let this deter you. Marmaris is a great base for exploring the surrounding rugged coastline, chartering a yacht or catching a ferry to Greece. It’s also close by to Dalyan – the place for sea turtles, mud baths and ancient history.
The sun promises to dazzle its rays at least 300 days a year in Kusadasi. Sunshine isn’t the only thing going for this former fishing village on Turkey’s west coast. This is one of the Aegean’s classiest, most lively resorts. And if that’s not enough to win you over, wait ‘til you see its fine sandy beaches. While you’re there, be sure to pay a visit to historical sites like Ephesus, Miletos, Priene, Didyma and The Cotton Castle.
Just one look at this crystal clear lagoon and you’ll see why it’s one of the most-photographed beaches in the Mediterranean. Located 15 kilometres southeast of Fethiye, Oludeniz is one of the world’s top parasailing spots. You’ll find all sorts of accommodation on this part of the coast, ranging from very affordable two-star hotels to exclusive five-star resorts.
Bodrum is a pretty port city on Turkey’s southwest Turquoise Coast. The city is a magnet for Turkey’s rich list who flock here for its harbour, nightlife, boutiques and five-star hotels dotted along the Bodrum Peninsula Coast. If you’re after a night on the town, head straight to Halicarnassus (rated one of the best clubs in Europe.
Last but not least is Antalya – the gateway to the Turquoise Coast. Here you’ll find a fusion of ancient history, modern Turkey, gorgeous beaches and the best of Turkish hospitality. If you’re after some beach action, head to either Konyaalti or Lara Beach. History buffs will love Kaleici (the historical part of the city), the Antalya Museum and Hadrian’s Gate (a large stone arch built in the 2nd century BC).