Ilica – Alacati, Cesme – Izmir

Ilica is historically a retreat for wealthy people during summer holidays. Nowadays, it is a popular destination for many. It has natural hot water springs, the word Ilica itself meaning hot springs in Turkish, and some of these are located in the sea. Ilica also has a golden beach, approximately 1.5 km long and favorable wind condition makes Ilica, together with the beaches of the neighboring Alacati, an internationally prized location for windsurfing.

Alacati is a unique Aegean town on the western coast of Turkey, which has been famous for its architecture, vineyards and windmills for over 150 years has now made its name in the world of windsurfing and kitesurfing, with its crystal clear water, consistent and steady wind and well acclaimed Turkish hospitality.

Klazomenai, Urla – Izmir

Urla was an important cultural centre in ancient times. It was originally the site of the Ionian city of Klazomenai, with probably the most ancient regularly used port in the world. Pieces of art and sculpture found during excavations are now exhibited in the Louvre or in İzmir Museum of Archaeology.

Cesmealti – Izmir

Cesmealti, which is 36 km. away from Izmir, is a lively and natural center of tourism. The long beaches which stretch from Cesmealti to Icmeler cause the regions population to expand by two or three times the usual population during the summer months. The Urla Camp Municipality Beach, the natural beaches and swimming pools at the Nebioglu Holiday Village which are all located in Cesmealti serve tourists all season long. Also one can use the beaches at the Malcaka Icmeler facility.

Mordogan – Izmir

Mordogan is a sea-side township with own municipality in Karaburun district in Turkey’s Izmir Province. The town is situated on the eastern shoreline of Karaburun Peninsula within the Gulf of Izmir at about twenty kilometers to the south of the district center of Karaburun. Mordogan equals the district center in economic development terms, especially in tourism, and has a number of accommodation facilities and restaurants, being advantaged by being located before the district center when coming from Izmir and by being served by a modern and easy land-route.

Akkum – Izmir

The Akkum Beaches in Sıgacik holiday local which are 5 km. away from the district of Seferihisar is a beautiful holiday and recreation center with its clear sea and glittering sand. The archaelogical remains of Teos can be reached by a 1 km. walk. When looking down the hill of Teos the Akkum facilities, beaches and the small yacht harbor can be seen. Places to stay and eating-drinking facilities can be found in the Akkum beaches.

Aliaga – Izmir

The beaches expanding right across from the bay containing the Aliaga refinery facilitiy, have attained a modern appearance with the modern facilities and houses in the past period. The Aliaga beaches which have a natural beauty attract especially domestic tourists with its open and cabired beaches.

Dikili – Izmir

According to the data of 2000 Census, the total population is 30.115. Every kind of agriculture is carried out in the district. Specially, wheat, cotton, tobacco and olive are cultivated. There are lots of greenhouses in Dikili. Dikili has very rich cultural assets for tourism. It gives a service to domestic tourists with its blue flagged beaches and thermal waters. Candarli, which is close to Dikili, is also worth visiting. The historical and natural beauties of Bademli Village, crater lakes and caves in Merdivenli and Denizkoy Villages, forests among the Madra River are among the natural beauties of Dikili.

Foca – Izmir

The town of Foca is situated at about 69 km (43 mi) north by northwest of Izmir city center. The district also has a township with own municipality named Yenifoca (literally “the new Foca”), also along the shore and at a distance of 20 km (12 mi) from Foca proper. For this reason, Foca itself is locally often called as Eskifoca (“the old Foca”) in daily parlance. The ancient city of Phocaea is located between the two modern Focas.

Pamucak Beaches – Aydin

The Cayster generally flows westward and arrive into the Aegean Sea at Pamucak beach near Selcuk, Izmir. The ancient city of Ephesus was once an important port on the Cayster, but with overgrazing and climate change over the centuries, sedimentation gradually filled in the inlet around the city. The coastlines moved seaward and the ruins of Ephesus are now some 5 miles inland from the coast.

Pirlanta (brilliant) Beach – Izmir

Tourist are attracted by Ciftlik’s many accommodations and by a long, sandy beach (Pirlanta Plaj) just outside of town to the southwest.

Ovabuk, Datca – Mugla

Tucked away on the Datca peninsula, Ovabuku is the prettiest in a chain of three bays, along with Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk. The beach is a relatively small stretch of creamy shingle, backed by a cluster of small restaurants and pensions, while the countryside around has a lush beauty; pine forests mixed with oak, myrtle and carob trees.  It’s not the beach itself that makes this such a fantastic find, it’s the whole package: peace, authenticity and a real sense of escape.

Butterfly Valley, Fethiye – Mugla

Spectacularly situated between two towering cliffs, Butterfly valley stretches out in a v-shape, ending in a sweep of pristine beach. Most visitors access the beach by boat from Olu Deniz or Fethiye, but for adventurous trekkers there is a rocky path that leads down from the road (around 40 mins down and an hour back up).  There is no electricity, roads or buildings in the valley but camping is allowed and there are shelters in the trees. Alternatively, stay in the peaceful hamlet of Faralya and gaze down to the beach, hundreds of feet below.

Amos Beach, Marmaris – Mugla

Hidden between the resorts of Turunc and Kumlubuk on the Bozburun peninsula, Amos is a small cove tucked between two headlands.  It’s a bit rough and ready and the pebbles are scattered with ancient wooden loungers, but there is an unspoilt beauty that makes a stark contrast to the bling and bright lights of Marmaris, which lies across the bay.  Amos was once a sizeable Roman settlement and there are some remains, including a small amphitheatre with breathtaking views.  Better still, there’s an excellent restaurant right on the beach, serving up fresh fish and meze

Gemiler Beach, Fethiye – Mugla

It’s hard to believe that Gemiler lies just a short way away from the heavily overpopulated Olu Deniz beach; it’s rarely crowded and reached by boat or bus ride from Hisaronu, through the fertile Kaya valley, past tobacco and wheat fields and out to the very tip of the Fethiye peninsula. Surrounded by pine and olive trees, the beach looks across to St Nicholas Island, and there are a couple of good restaurants serving up fresh meze and cold Efes beers.

Cirali Beach, Olympos – Antalya

Olympos beach, famed for its treehouse accommodation, has been on the backpacker trail for years, but neighbouring Cirali has managed to avoid the same level of development.  The 3km sweep of beach is a protected area, thanks to the loggerhead turtles who clamber out of the sea to nest on the sand.  Flanked by two huge mountains, the whole area around Cirali is dramatically beautiful, while the village behind offers simple restaurants and pensions, with a pleasingly hippyish atmosphere.

Kaputas Beach, Kas – Antalya

On the breathtaking road between Kalkan and Kas, the beach at Kaputas is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand.  The long flight of steps down from the road means there are no facilities on the beach, so take water and a parasol if you’re planning to stay a while.  It’s a popular beach with locals, which gives it a very different feel to many of Turkey’s more accessible stretches of coastline.  Dolmuses (minibuses) between Kalkan and Kas stop off at Patara, and if you go on a windy day there are fabulous waves.

Hisaronu Bay, Datca – Mugla

Not to be confused with the neon-lit nightmare resort above Olu Deniz, Hisaronu Bay has two small beaches that look out towards the Datca peninsula.  Behind the beach lies the kind of resort that feels like Turkey 20 years ago; a clutch of restaurants and simple pensions dotted along quiet country lanes.  The beaches are popular with windsurfers as there’s a permanent breeze and if you fancy a change of scene, the equally unspoilt beaches at Selimiye and Orhaniye are a short dolmus-ride away.

Ortakent Beach, Bodrum – Mugla

Avoid Gunluklu on the weekends, as locals flock to this stretch of beach, to camp and watch the sunset over campfires and barbecues. On weekdays, however, it remains peaceful – hidden down a long track from the Fethiye-Gocek road, surrounded by pine forests and sweet gum trees.  Gunluklu is an ideal option if you want a feeling of total escape, with the option of a bit of a bustle if you feel like a night out or shopping spree – Fethiye is just a short drive away.

Kabak Beach, Fethiye – Mugla

If you’re staying in Faralya but the trek down (or boat trip across) to the beach at Butterfly Valley seems a little like hard work, head instead for Kabak – a totally unspoilt stretch of shingle beach that is surrounded on three sides by lush pine forest.  There is nothing on the beach, and only a few secluded campsites behind it; if you’re looking for a back-to-basics beach experience this is the perfect spot.  Visit at night and the lights of Olu Deniz twinkle across the bay; 15 minutes’ drive and a whole world away.

Suada Beach – Istanbul

Once the private floating playground of the Galatasaray football club, this tiny bobbing Bosphorus island in the center of Istanbul is now a morning, afternoon and evening getaway for the city’s denizens.

Altinkum Beach, Cesme – Izmir

The golden-colored sand from which the beach takes its name is located in a relatively hard-to-find spot at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. As luck would have it, this only serves to keep this public park blissfully empty and undervisited. Because this beach faces the open sea, the water is a refreshing few degrees cooler than elsewhere on the peninsula.

Ayayorgi Beach, Cesme – Izmir

This is not a beach per se, but a few narrow concrete piers jutting out over the water. Nevertheless, Ayayorgi is a charming spot, hidden in an overgrowth of orange and olive groves and open to a small and intimate cove.

Oludeniz Beach, Fethiye – Mugla

The posters just don’t do it justice. On one end is the great expanse of Belcegiz Beach, enclosed by the brittle silhouette of Babadag and the landing pad for paragliders sporting jet-propulsion packs. And on the beach is the jaw-dropper, the Blue Lagoon made real: still waters in no less than three shades of turquoise.

Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan – Mugla

There are strict rules of conduct here: Iztuzu Beach is a national preserve and breeding ground for the Caretta caretta, or loggerhead turtle. But at night, after the crowds have gone home, you can watch the lights move out to sea, or listen to the sounds of home life glide over the river from a nearby fishing village. Just don’t wander too close to the waterline, and on behalf of the turtles, stay away from the off-limits areas.

Patara Beach Kalkan – Antalya

Eighteen kilometers (11 miles) of beach backed by dunes and marshlands — need I say more? The Mediterranean rises to the challenge in the summer, when it turns a deep shade of blue.

Konyaalti Beach – Antalya

The newly developed waterfront in center-city Antalya breathes new life into a seaside resort that risked second-rate status. Miles of pebble beaches, waterfront promenades, meandering lawns, cafes, and activities make this one of Turkey’s most coveted destinations.

Ladies Beach, Kusadasi – Mugla

Ladies Beach located in Kusadasi at 60km away from Izmir. The name derived from the time the beach was segregated for female bathers only. Nowadays Ladies Beach is open to all and with a palm tree lined promenade full of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants. it is like a resort in itself. Ladies Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, not only because of it’s excellent position close to the center of Kusadasi, but also because of the clean, shallow waters, 1km of sandy beach and facilities available such as water sports, changing rooms, umbrellas, sun beds, and toilets. Lifeguards are also on duty between 08.00 – 19.00.

Sarigerme Beach – Mugla

There is several public beaches in Sarigerme. The Public Beach is well looked after and available with all neccasery facilities. The Public Beach is well looked after and available with all neccasery facilities. There is a small entrance fee to the Beach.This Small entrance fee charged by the Sarigerme Environmental Education Association and the income of the small cafe goes towards the maintanece of the beach as well as to the local charities. Food and Bevarege prices are ridicilusly cheap so much so one wonders how do they manage to make profit. Lifeguard-lifesaving equipment/ services available 09.00-18.00 Public Toilets with 2 handicapped toilet at the beach are kept clean at all times, bins are emptied and all the rubbish if left by the visitors collected regularly. Trees at the seating and picnic areas provide the necessary shade with pleasant breeze and comfort.

Bozcaada Beach – Canakkale

In every part of Bozcaada there are numerous beaches. This is an advantage that the island really enjoys. Wherever the wind blows from people go to the beaches that are sheltered from the breezes and where the sea is calmer. There is other beautiful beaches in Bozcada ; Ayazma beach, Sulubahce beach, Habbeli Beach and Mermer burnu (Aquarium Cove).

Gokceada Beach – Canakkale

In Gökçeada there are numerous locations to enjoy the clean and vast seas. It is a privilege for visitors to Gökçeada and the lucky locals to be surrounded with blue flag beaches and coast on this wonderful island. Other beaches in Gokceada; Aydincik (Kefeloz) beach, Gizli Liman, Kaskaval burnu (Peynir kayaliklari), Marmaros  beach and Yildiz cove.

Gallipoli Beach and Coves – Canakkale

Hamzakoy, Feneraltı, Eğritaş coves where in city center  if you want might swim in this coves. Hamzakoy occupies  3 km an area with golden beaches. Feneraltı class as for that starting Gallipoli Shipyard to Hamzakoy extends. Particularly Feneraltı class is very famous with cliffs and rockiest for marine enthusiasts. The Gulf of Saros ,which extends across the whole of the northern part of the Gallipoli peninsula constitutes one of the most important fish breeding grounds in the whole of the Aegan.

 

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