With its fabulous climate, outstanding food and stunning landscape, Turkey offers all the ingredients for the perfect holiday. But it’s the country’s impressive selection of beaches that keep luring visitors back year after year.
Here are 10 we can’t get enough of.
Nature lovers will love eco-beach Iztuzu, located in Dalyan in south west Turkey. The protected stretch is a haven for endangered loggerhead turtles who lay their eggs here, as well as for those wanting to get away from it all.
Kargi Beach, Bodrum
Less busy and crowded than other beaches in the area, Kargi beach offers dreamy sandy stretches and is perfect for swimmers. Accessible by road or excursion boat, the southern end of the beach also offers a unique way to explore – on board a bumpy camel!
As the backdrop for a number of TV ads, it’s little wonder this beach is considered one of Turkey’s jewels. Situated on the spectacular coastal road between Kalkan and Kas, you’ll need to don your hiking boots to tackle the steep descent – but it’s well worth it.
Ortakent Beach, Bodrum
If you’re holidaying with teens, this fantastic secluded beach located halfway along the Bodrum peninsula on the Aegean coastline offers a variety of water sports.
Backing on to a rural village, here you can experience Turkish culture and enjoy breathing in the citrus scents of local market gardens.
Idyllic, unspoilt and part of a national park, this stunning stretch offers 11 miles of dune-backed sands to relax on. It’s also home to an impressive amphitheatre.
The beach is closed once the sun goes down to protect loggerhead turtles and their nesting sites.
Karasu Beach, Dilek National Park
If you’re looking for some light relief from the scorching Turkish temperatures, the four windy beaches in Dilek National Park should come to the rescue.
Surrounded by beautiful wooded mountains, Karasu Beach offers solitude and a chance to escape the crowds.
Perfect if you want to break up your sunbathing with a wander to a nearby café, bar or restaurant, Oludeniz beach on the Turquoise Coast is backed with plenty of eateries to ensure you can enjoy some light refreshment when needed.
You will also be treated to the spectacle of paragliders which take off from nearby Babadag Mountain and land on the beach – why not have a go yourself?
Konyaalti Beach, Antalya
On Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast, gorgeous Konyaalti Beach enjoys a magnificent mountain backdrop and the spacious stretch ensures you will find your own patch.
With its sugary sand and warm lapping waters, Aydincik Beach insists you bring your camera to get snaps of the flamingos and other birds which relax in the salt water inland.
Nestled between soaring cliffs, the enchanting cove of Butterfly Valley is known for its abundance of colourful fluttery friends in the summer months.
Cut off from the rest of the world and with a distinctive bohemian vibe, you’ll find no mod cons here, however if you do fancy a night in the wilds, camping is permitted.