Travelling to Turkey will provide an exciting mixture of history past and present, Eastern culture and Western culture, urban and rural. When exploring ancient ruins has satisfied your craving for education and history, and you are ready to relax under the sun, you won’t have to look far. With many beautiful beaches and enchanting scenery to surround yourself, Turkish beaches will sate your need for both excitement and tranquillity.
Situated away from the packaged tourist getaways is the little “village” of Kabak. This remote little neighbourhood is filled with locals and will offer you a more authentic experience of Turkish beach culture.
If you want a slight adventure and change of scenery, then head to the Lycian Way. It is marked by red and white stones and will lead you to beautiful waterfalls after an invigorating hike. The locals in the area are willing and able to point you in the right direction when you are ready to set off.
The Full Moon Camp is a perfect choice for accommodation if you decide to stay in Kabak Bay. They offer rustic bungalows surrounded by lush gardens and fragrant fruit trees. If that doesn’t sound like paradise to you, we don’t know what will.
As Blue Lagoon became swallowed and taken over by tourists, locals began looking for an appropriate, and more remote location for themselves. This beautiful valley rolls right down to a gorgeous, blue sea. It gets its name from a swarm of endemic butterflies that flutter through the area, adding a decidedly more romantic vibe to the valley. This getaway will allow you to embrace your inner hippy. Waste an afternoon away swinging in a hammock or join the group around the campfire and play the guitar late into the night. The laid-back, bohemian atmosphere requires you to ditch the iPad, put away the laptops, get back to nature and reconnect with yourself.
If you want remote seclusion with an emphasis on nature, head to Patara Beach. This beautiful beach, one of the largest in the area, stretches for almost 18 kilometres with uninterrupted sand dunes. Mostly undeveloped, you will find only one community-run cafe in the area.
This is a popular spot for sea turtles to leave their eggs, and as such, the beach is off limits after sunset for the preservation of local wildlife. If you awake early enough however, you can head to the dunes to take in an enchanting sight of the sun rising.
For those travelling to the Dalyan region, you should put Iztuzu Beach at the top of your “must-see” list. Much like Patara Beach, this is a major breeding ground for the loggerhead turtles and, as such, has been nicknamed “Turtle Beach.” This unspoiled stretch of land will offer the remoteness much like Patara Beach and you’ll find comfortable sun beds to lie on and soak up the sunshine. With crystal clear waters, you can relax with a book and cool off with a dip in the sea.
Popular with the locals, this secluded beach is a stretch of land that comes from a gorge. When the wind picks up, you can also enjoy surfing the waves and all types of great water sports on Kaputas Beach. This secluded part of the beach is a short walk from the main area where a few facilities can be found, so pack up your parasol and head down for relaxation in the warm sun.
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