Top Sandy Beaches of Turkey

  1. Oludeniz Blue Lagoon

Like many beaches in Turkey, the main stretch of Oludeniz is pebbled and rocky. However, if you continue westward by car or foot, or arrive by Blue Cruise Turkey, you will find that the world famous Blue Lagoon is a pleasant and sandy stretch lined with reclining beach chairs and cheerful beachside cafes. Here you can longue to your heart’s content and watch the paragliders high above until late in the afternoon.

  1. Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach, located near Dalyan, Turkey, is also a main breeding ground for the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle, making it yet another quiet and development-free destination. Free from homes, shops, and hotels, this 4.5 kilometer stretch was once under serious threat of development with plans for a 1,800 bed hotel, but has managed to maintain its current preservation thanks to the efforts of many international environmentalists. Iztuzu is a magnificent beach cradled by pine tree clad mountains and the Dalyan river delta.

  1. Side (East & West Beaches)

West of Antalya, the 5th most populous city in Turkey, Side is known for its stretches of sandy beach, one to the east and the other to the west of the old city. The safe and shallow west beach is most popular but both sides offer numerous watersport activities such as diving, parasailing, fishing, waterskiing, and boat tours.

  1. Altinkum Beach

This lovely sandy beach on the Aegean Sea is appropriately named “Golden Sand” and features shallow water and a flat promenade perfect for leisurely strolling. Altinkum is clean and well looked after with plenty of amenities for hungry and thirsty tourists. About an hour drive from historical Ephesus, Altinkum provides the perfect retreat after days full of sightseeing. This is the perfect spot for watersports, fishing, and affordable boat trips.

  1. Akyaka Beach

Akyaka Beach is well known for its unique wind patterns as the perfect conditions for kitesurfing. Experienced and beginners alike can be found surfing the shoreline, sprinkling the sky with the colorful arches of different sized kites. Swimming is also possible further down from the kiting, towards the small town of Akyaka, and it is even possible to walk from the beach to the town by foot, enjoy a cold beer or Turkish tea, and wade your way back to resume your kitesurfing lesson.

  1. Alacati

Another ideal spot for kitesurfing and other wind sports, Alacati is known for its fine sandy beaches and mineral hot springs. This is an area with many hidden gems, quiet beaches that feature ample sunbeds and quiet seafront cafes. The small and pleasant town of Alacati can be easily reached from Izmir, only about a 1 hour drive away.

  1. Patara Beach

The longest (18 kilometers) and one of the most well preserved beaches in Turkey, Patara Beach is a major summertime home to mating sea turtles. Tourists can enjoy the unspoiled and natural beauty of Patara during the day but the beach is reserved at night for the turtles. Patara is the longest beach in Turkey and the soft sand and shallow water make it ideal for a day full of sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing walks along the sand. Although the Fethiye to Olympos gulet cruises do not stop at Patara, the gulets do sail by these sands and tourists can take in the surrounding natural beauty.

 

Reasons Why a Turkey Gulet Cruise is the Most Amazing Holiday Ever

Typically gulets are found cruising between Bodrum and Antalya and options are virtually endless for routes that cruise east and west along the coast and to the nearby Greek islands. Much of the coastline is untouched and uninhabited and the best way to explore the many serene bays and intimate beaches is via a traditional Turkish gulet. Blue Cruises, as they have come to be known over the years, are relaxing, invigorating, and provide plenty of opportunity to explore the local history and culture. Traditional style wooden gulet boats equipped with full kitchens and comfortable cabins provide the perfect environment to enjoy pristine bays and charming seaside villages. If you have yet to be convinced, keep reading to discover why a Turkey gulet cruise is the most amazing holiday ever.

That Mediterranean Blue

While planning a Mediterranean cruise, you are mostly likely daydreaming about crystal clear waters that reflect the brilliant blue of the summer sky. Your daydreams are sure to come true as you finally hop aboard your gulet and observe the environment you thought was only possible in doctored travel magazine photos. That Mediterranean blue is real and will have you weak in the knees throughout the entirety of your cruise.

Quiet Coves and Secluded Beaches

The Aegean and Mediterranean coast of Turkey is full of stunning coves and beaches. Many of them are isolated from any development and are only reachable by boat, making this a top reasons for choosing a gulet experience. It is likely that you can spend hours in a quiet bay, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing and feasting on board without another boat or tourist in sight. This is a very private experience and is sure to bring you a sense of calm and tranquility that will sink in and last for days.

Turkish Cuisine

If you haven’t tried it before, you are in for a treat. Turkish cuisine is flavorful and fresh and gulets are known for the exceptional food that is prepared on board. Vegetarians will be especially impressed by the variety available to them for each meal of the day. Shopping for meals is done at local markets and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared fresh each day. Village cheeses, local olives and eggplant, and freshly caught fish will make your stomach happy during your stay in this appetizing country.

Guaranteed Climate

It is safe to say that your blue cruise voyage will be sunny and warm as summer weather in this region is pleasantly predictable. Evenings are an especially enjoyable temperature and it is possible to even sleep on deck directly under the stars.

Sleep Where Your Eat, Sleep, Swim, and Play

To enjoy all that a blue cruise has to offer, you never have to go very far. After a sound sleep either in your cabin or on a soft cushion on deck, breakfast and coffee are served right on board. In fact, all meals are prepared and served on board and in between times, passengers have plenty of opportunity to swim, snorkel, or go ashore in the towns and villages where the gulets drop anchor. Everything about this type of holiday is at your fingertips, inviting simplicity and a stress free way to enjoy the Turquoise Coast.

Island Hopping

Island hopping is one of the highlights, particularly for cruises that depart to and from Bodrum or Marmaris. Aboard a blue cruise Marmaris, your gulet will tour the 12 islands and Bodrum cruise routes explore either the north or south Decocandese islands that are a part of Greece. If you are having trouble deciding whether Turkey or Greece is the destination for your next holiday, why not do both?!

Shore Excursions

Whether you are exploring isolated bays and beaches or any of the towns and villages along the coast, there is always reason to go ashore. Kas is a seaside town known for its charm and is the perfect stop along the Olympos to Fethiye route. Culture and history are always to be found in places like Kas, Demre, Gocek, and Fethiye. You will also likely have options to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, of if you are an adrenaline junkie, parasail high above the panoramic Oludeniz Blue Lagoon.

Accessibility from Marmaris, Bodrum, Fethiye, and Olympos

Not only are gulet cruises relaxing, invigorating, and affordable with a hard to beat tropical backdrop, they are also incredibly accessible from many port towns along the Mediterranean and Aegean coast. This leaves you with little reason not to finally book your dream gulet cruise in Turkey. Explore your options and hop aboard!