Turkish beaches are known for their beauty and are arguably some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean, with the clearest of turquoise waters and either sparkling white sand or beautifully polished white pebbles.
With a rich ancient history and unrivalled scenery, it’s not surprising that Turkey is a sought after holiday destination and those who visit return time and time again.
At Kalkan Holiday Property, we’re passionate about everything Turkish, so we have prepared this handy guide to the best beaches in Turkey.
Kalkan boasts a number of the best beaches in Turkey, often ranked in the top ten beaches in the whole country.
One of Kalkan’s most well-known beaches is Patara Beach, famous for its length stretching over 11 miles, the longest in the entirety of Turkey, and one of the breeding grounds of the Loggerhead turtle.
Not only is Patara part of a national park brimming with exotic birds, but it also boasts fantastic ancient Lycian ruins, once an important city within the Roman Empire, including houses of parliament, bath houses, temples and a grand amphitheatre. Archaeologists from Antalya University have pumped millions into the reconstruction of these beautiful buildings, and they are definitely a must see. Patara Beach was also dubbed as ‘One of The Best Beaches in Europe’ by The Sunday Times.
Only accessible by a series of 200 or so steps set into the rock, Kaputas Beach is a spectacular picturesque cove. Set in the protected area of the ‘Five Wonders of Antalya Conservation Project’, the cove is home to a species of endangered plant called the Kaputas Inula, which is found only on Kaputas Beach!
Slap on your sunscreen and prepare to get your tan on, because this beach is completely protected from the wind. It’s also a popular mooring point for Gulet day cruise guests to anchor down and take a dip in the crystal waters. In recent years, the facilities have vastly improved with free use of the showers, toilets and changing as well as a small cafe that is renowned for its pancakes!
A beach popular with the locals, Kalkan beach is covered in small white pebbles and incredibly clear and calm water perfect for snorkeling and swimming. It also boasts one of Kalkan’s blue flags for cleanliness, offering tourists great facilities including toilets, changing and a number of beachfront restaurants, shops and cafes, to relax and enjoy the sun. Enjoy fabulous views and watch the yachts and gulets meandering lazily to and from the harbour.
Top 3 Turkish Beaches Outside Of Kalkan
Also known as Turtle Beach, home to the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtle and complete with a specialist turtle sanctuary, Iztuzu Beach is about 4km long and surrounded by stunning mountainous scenery. Conservationists ensured this beautiful stretch of beach was uninhabited to protect the nesting place of these gentle creatures. This beach is only accessible during the day from the months of May to September and the nest sites are protected by a line of wooden stakes, indicating a no access area.
If you look carefully, you may spot the Lycian Kings Tombs from the 4th century BC, carved into the rock formations above. Why not visit the natural mud and sulphur baths whilst you’re there? They are said to be healing, kind to your skin and can promote youthfulness.
If you’re planning to make a trip to Turkey’s famous Turtle Beach, this is approximately a 3 hour drive from Kalkan.
Oludeniz – The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most peaceful beaches in Turkey, famous for its varying shades of turquoise waters. As a protected national park with limited access for boats, paddle boards and canoes are the main mode of transport here. The waters are shallow, making it a safe relaxation location for families with small children. A tourist hotspot without the rowdiness of bars and nightclubs, The Blue Lagoon is truly a Turkish paradise. If you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, Sugar Beach is private with it’s own restaurant, bar and bungalows for an overnight stay.
If you’re a thrill seeker that wants to make the most of the scenery, paragliding is the perfect activity for you. For those who love nature, the must-see remote nature reserve of ‘Butterfly Valley’ is tucked peacefully away, accessible by coach or a boat ride. If you’re one for culture and history, the Ghost Town of Kayakoy boasts beautiful but derelict homes, shops, churches and other infrastructure, after being abandoned in 1923 during a population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
If you’re wanting to visit the dilapidated town of Kayakoy, this is approximately a 1hr 20 minute hour drive from Kalkan.
Previously a fishing village, Icmeler Beach is now a popular spot for holidaymakers with views of the pine forest mountains, offering a number of water sporting activities from scuba diving and fishing, to water skiing and banana boating, there’s something for everyone. Hire a pedalo or a powerboat, the options are endless! Travelers can also benefit from a number of restaurants and beach bars.
If you’re looking for something more than just relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of exciting activities to get that adrenaline rush. Choose from mountain and quad biking, hiking and even horse riding!
What Can Kalkan Holiday Property Do For You?
Looking to be inspired and plan your next amazing holiday to Turkey? At Kalkan Holiday Property, our specialist operators can provide you with dedicated itineraries based on your requirements and provide you with a number of recommendations for activities, eateries and unmissable experiences in Kalkan.
For more information, please get in touch with a member of our team.