Find out what the best beaches in Turkey are as awarded by millions of real travelers.
The waters surrounding the small village of Oludeniz are an achingly beautiful gradient of blue. Sapphire meets seafoam green at the shoreline, where stretches of white sand are dotted with leisurely sunbathers. The scenery is even more gorgeous from above—Oludeniz is renowned as one of the world’s top spots for paragliding.
Don’t expect a booming nightclub scene in Icmeler—but for the travelers who’ve discovered this Turkish beach resort, that’s a huge plus. Take a boat trip to a nearby island, savor fresh seafood in a beachside café, or just soak up the sun.
Antalya is the fastest-growing city in Turkey, and tourists from around the world are discovering its fabulous mix of great beaches and traditional Turkish culture. Kids will love the Beach Park, which features Aqua Land (a waterslide-fanatic's dream) and Dolphin Land (home to dolphins, sea lions and white whales). Make sure to explore the old town center and to see Hadrian's Gate.
A gorgeous backdrop of pine-clad mountains looms behind the seaside resort of Marmaris in southwest Turkey. Popular as a cruise ship and yacht port and with the British budget holiday crowd, Marmaris offers stunning coastline and beautiful beaches. Especially popular is nearby Cleopatra’s Beach, thusly named because legend has it that the Queen of the Nile had the beach made as a gift for her lover, Antony.
Belek, a resort town on the Turkish Riviera, is known for very clean, white-sand beaches surrounded by pine forests. History buffs should plan day trips to the Roman ruins at Perge and the Aspendos amphitheater. Or if you’d prefer a round of golf, bring your clubs—there are excellent courses in the area.
One of Turkey's most beautiful working port towns, Fethiye makes a charming base from which to explore several nearby beach areas. Sun-lovers rave about the waterfall at Butterfly Valley and the water park at Calis Beach, both a short trip out of town. The abandoned Greek town of Kayakoy, accessible by bus, is worth exploring, too.
Your biggest daily decision in Side may be whether to head east or west. The town’s West Beach is closer to hotels, has calm water and fine sand, offers watersports, and is (not surprisingly) popular. If you’re craving a more relaxed day, though, head in the opposite direction. The East Beach is a bit rockier, but it’s less crowded—you’ll find the locals here.
The beaches that stretch along Kudasi's Aegean coastline are as diverse in terrain as they are in ambiance. Ladies’ Beach, thusly named because it was once a for women only, is packed with nightclubs, souvenir vendors, restaurants and, of course, sunbathers and swimmers. Grass-lined Gold Beach is well-manicured and peaceful. Ride a horse from there to Long Beach, a playground of beach bars, pool tables, and water sports.
Bodrum has transformed from a quiet fishing village to one of Turkey's most popular vacation spots, with both a vibrant cultural scene and lively nightlife. Windswept shingle beaches and glittering waters provide postcard-worthy scenery. There are plenty of sand and pebble beaches to visit, all with irresistibly gentle waves, ideal for swimming, paddling and sailing. It is worth pulling away from the beach for a day to visit the lively markets and 15th-century castle overlooking the harbor.
Beaches cover both the east and west coast of Alanya. The harbor is lined with modern hotels, resorts, fresh seafood restaurants, bars and cafes. There are countless activities including water sports, boat tours, caves, historical sights, and even a large go-kart track. Some travelers’ favorites include parasailing, banana boating, and visiting the 13th century Alanya castle with amazing views of the entire coastline.