are Turkey's top 10 beaches,
with nearest big town (in parentheses).
Some even rate the coveted Blue
Flag for cleanliness.
note: most Turkish beaches do
not have lifeguards, but
some do occasionally
have dangerous riptide and undertow conditions. Swim
at your own risk, don't
swim alone, and make some
plan for what to do if disaster
Turkey's 10 Best Beaches
meters/yards wide and 20 km (12.5
miles) long, this beach 75 km (47
miles) south of Fethiye is Turkey's
finest. Accommodations—and shade—are
limited, though. (Big
fine, with good hotels, restaurants
and bars, but because it's Turkey's
most famous, it can get crowded.
opposite of the others: small, secluded,
atmospheric, backed by a forest filled
with Roman ruins.
79 km (49 miles) southwest of Antalya
once-idyllic village 65 km (40 miles)
east of Antalya is now crowded and
noisy, but the beaches are still
fine and unspoiled. Roman ruins abound
town (115 km/72 miles east of Antalya)
is busy and crowded, but the beaches
are so long (22 km/14 miles to the
east) that there's plenty of sand
for everyone. Great Seljuk castle,
too (map). More...
beach, with or w/o logger-head
turtles. The town, 8 km (5 miles)
NW of Dalaman
Airport, the river, cliff
tombs and Caunos ruins
are a nice bonus. More...
in the towns are not great, but good
smaller ones abound: Ortakent
Yalısı (coarse sand & pebble), Turgutreis (surfy),
and gem-like Gümüşlük (map). More...
mod-resorty, but near a lot of interesting
day-trip possibilities (map). More...
broad, dark sand, only 7 km (4 miles)
west of Ephesus, relatively clean
with a few cig butts and bottlecaps
Very near busy Dalaman Airport, this well-kept beach is somewhat undiscovered, quieter, great for families and those interested mostly in beach time. More...
only to Turks and savvy foreigners,
this beach 25 km (16 miles) east of Silifke is sort of small but the
castle out at sea makes up for it. More...
beaches, never crowded, because the
Sea water is usually pretty
enough Aegean beaches, but small and very
crowded (map). More...
l-o-n-g pebble/coarse sand beach
using the Blue Flag System to certify
cleanliness (map). More...
down near Syria (26 km/16 miles)
southwest of Antakya, but has a
trash problem. More...
beach that only Turks seem to know
about, 127 km (79 miles) southeast of Alanya. Interesting Byzantine ghost
town nearby. More...
beach near the city cradling yacht-happy
Fethiye Bay, good but somehow un-charming,
and famous Ölüdeniz is
just 10 km (6 miles) away over
the hills. More...
The Blue Flag beach hygeine system has been adopted by some Turkish beaches. You should know about it to protect your health. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan