For me, a great beach is clean soft fine or powdery golden sand and ideally light in colour. If you put that together with the Mediterranean with its ever changing colours from midnight blue, turquoise to clear jade green you’re on to a winner. In a recent article, Antalya and Muğla have been listed as having the finest beaches and coves in Turkey. They top a list of 13 beaches compiled across Turkey with Antalya and Muğla home to 11 of those beaches, the list is as follows:
Altınkum beach in İzmir’s Çeşme, Ayazma in Çanakkale’s Bozcaada, İztuzu, Sedir Island, Ortakent, Ölüdeniz, Palamutbükü, Butterflies Valley and Kabak Cove in Muğla. Then we have
Phaselis, Kaputaş, Patara and Olimpos in Antalya as the most beautiful beaches in Turkey.
Known for its golden yellow sand and beautiful turquoise sea is Cleopatra beach located 16km north of Marmaris in Muğla, the beach is protected you cannot go on the beach wearing flip flops/sandals or take a towel. Legend says that the sand on the beach on Sedir Island was brought from Egypt for Queen Cleopatra and the beach was named after her, some say it’s one of the finest beaches in Turkey.
In 2006 the stunning beach of Ölüdeniz in Fethiye was awarded the world’s best beach. The sea is calm with no waves and changes colour from jade, turquoise to cobalt it’s a spectacular sight and best viewed if you go paragliding. Butterfly Valley is named after the 80 species of butterflies in the area it’s a natural environment with no roads and can only be reached by boats through Ölüdeniz. It’s a haven for those who love nature and camping and scrambling across sharp jagged rocks to catch a glimpse of the butterflies.
16km east of Ölüdeniz is the historic Lycian Road and here you will find picturesque Kabak Cove which is considered to be “one of the 5 most beautiful places in the world” the Cove is visited by thousands of people each year to escape from their hectic city life style. İztuzu beach located in Dalyan Muğla’s Ortaca area is one of the most protected beaches in the world due to its famous nesting location for the Caretta Caretta Turtle. The beach is 4.5km long and was the best European beach in 2011. Çıralı Beach in Ulupınar (Kemer) is also a nesting area for the turtles and this beach won the award for the best beach in the world in 2006.
Also located along the Lycian Road is the ancient city of Phaselis formed in the 7th Century here you can swim in the beautiful beach in the ancient city of Tekirova. There are 187 steps to take you to Kaputaş beach in Kalkan but it’s worth it and in Kaş you will find Patara beach close to the ancient city of Patara with its panoramic vistas.In my view why fly long haul when Turkey is home to beautiful beaches, some voted as the best in the world.