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Best Beaches on the Turquoise Coast

Updated on February 22, 2015

The long stretch of Turkey's Mediterranean coastline is well known for its beautiful seas and skies. There are many beaches well placed to enjoy the scenic views and rich Lycian history seen in the ruins and archaeological sites that pepper the region. Some are sandy, some pebbles, all lovely in their own way and surprisingly, not all of them become crowded during the busy summer season. Here are five of the best beaches on Turkey's Turquoise Coast:

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A markerKalkan -
Kalkan, Turkey
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B markerÖlüdeniz -
48300 Ölüdeniz, Turkey
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C markerPhaselis -
Clup Phaselis, 07980 Antalya, Turkey
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D markerIztuzu -
İztuzu Caddesi, 48660 Dalyan/Muğla, Turkey
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E markerCirali -
07980 Çıralı/Antalya Province, Turkey
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Patara Beach

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Kalkan, Turkey
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Patara Beach

This is often named on lists of the best beaches in Turkey. This beach, a few miles Northwest of the smallish resort town of Kalkan is one of the longest and, it could be claimed, one of the best in the entire Mediterranean. This beach may not be quite as quiet as it was during the 19th Century, when a Brit, Charles Fellows wrote of the beach, 'No signs of life were visible but the footsteps of wolves, jackals and hares.' But it is still possible to find you have long stretches of clear sand all to yourself, even during the high season. Access to the ruins nearby and to the beach can be had for just over £2 per person, for which you get a beach card valid for up to nine more visits.


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Kabak

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48300 Ölüdeniz, Turkey
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Kabak

Eschew the busy cram-packed beaches at nearby Ölüdeniz and head instead to quiet Kabak. It is just few miles to the south-east but receives far fewer visitors because getting there involves a walk of half an hour or so from the village of the same name. The trail to get to the beach is a scenic joy, and when you get there, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful, dense-wood backed beach.

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Phaselis

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Clup Phaselis, 07980 Antalya, Turkey
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Phaselis

Pay the few pounds necessary to gain entrance to the ruins of Phaselis, an hour's drive south-west of Antalya, and you will not only be able to see the fascinating Lycian remains, you will also gain access to not one, not two but three beaches, accessed through the densely shaded pine forest with its green-dappled glades. The western beach is sandy and it is the longest. The nest is shingle and looks out over a lovely bay, and the easternmost is pebbly. All three are lovely and rarely too crowded.


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Iztuzu

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İztuzu Caddesi, 48660 Dalyan/Muğla, Turkey
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Iztuzu

This beach is famous for efforts to conserve the endangered loggerhead turtles that use this sandy stretch as a breeding ground. You will be glad to know that conservation efforts have been successful and numbers of the turtles are up since the 1980s. You can reach this gently sloping, family friendly beach by road, but most people take the better option of a boat ride, which will also allow you to take in some other local sights.

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Cirali

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07980 Çıralı/Antalya Province, Turkey
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Cirali

The breathtaking scenery and laid-back vibe on this beach more than make up for the fact that it is pebbled rather than sandy. The pebbles also perform the useful function of keeping the numbers of visitors down. There is all the more room for you, and other discerning people, to relax between mountains and pines and the staggeringly beautiful sea.

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi katiecianni

      Great enjoy sure you will Turkey is a beautiful place!

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Katie Cianni 3 years ago from Cheshire

      This is Beautiful :) I love Turkey I am going this year in May cannot wait now

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi tlcs,

      Yep Turkey, is great! Lovely place and people, also the country is beautiful in scenery like mountains etc,

      Thanks for your feedback highly appreciated

      Lee

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      Trudy Cooper 3 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      I love Turkey, went their some years ago when my children were young to Icemeler, gorgeous country, the people were lovely and very welcoming! Loved your hub and your pictures bring back so many memories for me.

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      Emma Southworth 3 years ago from Manchester

      No problem :)

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi emmaouthworth,

      Thank you very much

      Lee

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      Emma Southworth 3 years ago from Manchester

      Loved reading this, your pictures are amazing thanks for sharing

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi homasjames1992,

      Thank you very much Turkey is beautiful !

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Thomas James 3 years ago from London

      Great hub Traveleze, turkey looks beautiful !

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      Lee John 3 years ago from Preston

      Hi suzettenaples,

      Thank you very much, Glad I've been able to give you all the information about Turkey coastlines :)

      Thanks

      Lee

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Your photos of the Turkey coastline and beaches are stunning. Also, the information you give on what to see and do is interesting. This is the first I have read of the Turkish coastline and it is a fine article. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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