Top 5 Beaches to Visit in Turkey

Many of the incredible natural wonders of Turkey are accessible by vehicle and foot but the most beautiful are most easily approached by boat. Lucky for tourists in Turkey, affordable cruises run throughout the summer, often stopping at the top 5 beaches mentioned below.

  1. Butterfly Valley

Famous for the 2,000 meter high cliffs surrounding this sandy beach, Butterfly Valley is the perfect combination of colors so often pleasing to the human eye. A bleached shoreline and aquamarine waters meet at the shore. The cliffs above are dotted with greenery and are home to over 100 different butterfly species. Inland from the sandy shore, a small amount of land is free from hotels, restaurants, or shops and instead is sprinkled with the colorful nylon tents of brave hikers who successfully descended the steep and extremely dangerous foot path that connects high above to the 500km long Lycian Way.  If attempting the steep descent is not your preference, Blue Voyage Turkey can ease you into the bay, gliding over clear waters as you approach this relaxing destination. Butterfly Valley is the perfect spot to anchor and allow the soft waves to rock you to sleep, eventually giving way to the soft colors of an early morning Mediterranean sunrise.

  1. Kabak Bay

Kabak bay is a secluded beach sandwiched between steep forest and turquoise sea. Accessible by minibus, car, foot, or boat, Kabak is a steep drop from the main road and arriving on foot (and also by vehicle) is recommended only for the most adventurous. However, given its limited accessibility, it makes for a quiet experience, far from the maddening crowd. Above the beach are a number of hideaways of all comfort levels to spend the night and enjoy delicious Turkish cuisine. Kabak is also located along the Lycian Way and avid hikers can enjoy stunning views of the valley from above, as the footpath winds around the mountain ridges and provides a number of opportunities for photos of the shimmering bay far below.

  1. Olympos

Olympos beach is a popular summer destination for Turks and foreigners alike. A single road lined with bungalows, markets, and shaded cafes leads directly to the beach, passing ancient city ruins spread out along the shore and nearby cliffs. The shoreline is stunning, with Mount Olympos in clear view towards the east. Far removed from the seclusion of Kabak and Butterfly Valley, Olympos beach is bustling with food and drink sellers and tourists from all over the world lounging on thick towels spread across the pebbled shore. A large jagged rock juts out from the sea and those with motivation can be seen climbing the rock face and jumping off from the top. Affordable kayak rentals are also popular in Olympos, giving tourists the opportunity to intimately explore the caves and ruins that sprinkle the shoreline. Olympos is also the starting point for the Fethiye Blue Cruise, the perfect way to continue exploring the natural wonders of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The blue cruise heads east and passes both Kabak and Butterfly Valleys en route to Fethiye.

  1. Patara Beach

Patara Beach is a magical destination, unspoiled by the eyesores of popular tourism. At 11 miles, it is Turkey’s longest beach and a protected area where sea turtles can lay their eggs. Because of the turtles, development is off limits and tourists can enjoy the sandy stretch during the daytime. From May to October, the beach is off limits at night to allow space for the turtles to breed. Patara is one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey and its sandy shores are ideal for swimming (in comparison to many of the rocky beaches that are commonly found in Turkey). Even in the height of summer, Patara is never crowded and is perfect for exercising your legs after too many lazy days of sunbathing.

  1. Kaputas Beach

If you blink you might miss it. Kaputas Beach is located directly below the Antalya to Fethiye coastal road. Only 12 miles from the pleasant coastal town of Kas, Kaputas is located at the bottom of another extremely low valley and can be spotted by the congregation of cars parked along the main road. If you are able to find a parking spot, the beach is reachable by close to 200 stairs that make it impossible for the construction of facilities or businesses. The untouched natural beauty makes it yet another popular destination for gulets cruising the coastline.

Experience the Magic of East Turkey Tours

With East Turkey tours, you will get the chance to experience the true magic of Turkey. There is no doubt that Istanbul is the country’s most popular city and the western Turkish side is equally popular for its beautiful coast, but the real cultural thrill is happening on the east side.

 
From Ankara, the country’s capital and second largest city, you can take a bus to take you to some of the east’s most fascinating places. Upon entering the east, you will be instantly transported into a region that is totally different from the rest of Turkey.
East Turkey tours are becoming popular because eastern Turkey is full of friendly and welcoming locals, dramatic sceneries, broad vistas, and old-fashioned way of life.

 

Erzurum
Erzurum is more popularly known locally as the capital city of eastern Turkey because it is the largest city in that region. It boasts of a university, an airport, an army base, a ski area, and several great Ottoman and Seljuk structures.

 
Mount Ararat
From Erzurum, driving farther east will take you to the 17 thousand feet high Mount Ararat, that famous mountain where Noah’s Ark docked. It is of course a destination really worth to be included in any East Turkey tours.

 
Doğubayazıt
This small town in Eastern Turkey lies idyllically in the shadows of the famed Mount Ararat and is famous for the Ishak Pasha Palace. This town is also the most eastern district and the final Turkish town before Iran.

Ishak Pasha Palace Experience the Magic of East Turkey Tours

Ishak Pasha Palace, Doğubayazıt

Kaçkar Mountains
East Turkey tours are not going to be complete without a visit to the Kaçkar Mountains. This mountain range in the northern part of Erzurum is perfect for river rafting and trekking, and it attracts many adventurers from all over the world every year.

 
Nemrut Dağı
Another must-see place for East Turkey tours is the Mount Nemrut. Standing at a little over seven thousand feet in the southeastern part of Turkey, this mountain is famous for its summit that houses huge statues that were erected around a first century BC royal tomb.

 
Eastern Turkey is indeed just as beautiful as the rest of the country. It may not be as advanced as Istanbul, or filled with magnificent beaches as the coast, but it is rich with history and culture, and definitely very Turkish. So, for a very memorable holiday, you should book for one of Alaturka’s highly satisfying east Turkey tours along with your blue cruise.

From Turkey to Greece – Kusadasi to Samos Ferry

There are Ferry lines that offer boat trips between Kusadasi (Turkey) and Samos (Greece) and they operate daily. If you are planning an extended European vacation, a day on the beautiful island of Samos is highly recommended.  And the easiest way to get there is by taking a Kusadasi to Samos ferry. But, before doing so, you should make sure that you have your passport in your possession. Keep in mind that you will not be just crossing between islands, but you will also be crossing from one country to another.

 

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The island of Samos

Day Trip Kusadasi to Samos Ferry
For a day trip from Kudasi to Samos, you should be on the 8:30 am ferry so that you get to enjoy a full day’s island hoping adventure. Of course, you may also choose to stay a day or two in Samos.
In case you are going for the Kusadasi to Samos ferry tour during summer, it is advisable to try to stay in the ferry’s covered area. The reason for this is because the ferry’s open area can be quite sunny and windy.

 
The Kusadasi to Samos ferry day trip usually takes about an hour and a half. A six-hour stay is enough for you and your company to enjoy this popular Greek island. It is possible to see the whole island in just two hours, so the rest of your time can be spent on other activities like visiting the souvenir shops, waterfront restaurants and cafes, and strolling in the little square where you and your friends can sit and relax with drinks on hand.

 
One important thing to keep in mind before you take the Kusadasi to Samos ferry is that the Greeks take siesta from three in the afternoon until six. This means that the shops are going to be closed at these times, so you should get all your shopping done early. But, you do not have to worry about getting nourished because the restaurants and the cafes are open during siesta.
And speaking of nourishment, Greek food is very delicious so do not pass the opportunity of taking a meal at one of the restaurants in Samos. One recommended dish is the tzatsiki – a creamy mixture of garlic, cucumber and yogurt. This dish is also available in Turkey, but many attest to the fact that the Greek version is more delectable.

 
To get the most of your Kusadasi to Samos ferry tour, you can also visit these attractions: Tunnel of Eupalinos, Panagia Spiliani Monastery, Archeological Museum, Temple of Hera, and the Waterfalls of Potami.

Enjoy Turkey Beach Holidays

Turkey beach holidays are synonymous with tourists occupying rows after rows of beach loungers, boisterous nightclubs and posh all-inclusive beach resorts. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, yet still as enjoyable, you can opt to find the best Turkey beaches and stay away from the crowd.

 
Çiralı Beach
On this laidback resort, you get the chance to meet the loggerhead turtles as they lovingly bury their eggs in the sands. This site is covered in citrus grove and located on a tapered plain between a long shingle beach and the mountains. The ancient city of Olympos is also located here and by just walking along the beach, you can get a glimpse of the famous ruins.

Cirali 1 Enjoy Turkey Beach Holidays

Cirali Beach

Iztuzu Beach
Another location popular for Turkey beach holidays is the Iztuzu beach. This protected 4.5km of Iztuzu beach is full of hard-packed sands and the tracks of the turtles that dragged their bodies ashore and can be seen during June and July. This beach, though lacking in sufficient shade is popular to family vacationers because of the gentle seabed that calms the waters.

 
Patara Beach
Turkey beach holidays are really exciting especially if you get to visit Patara’s excellent white-sand beach that is very popular being one of the longest incessant strands located in the Mediterranean. This beach measures nine km from the main access road to the Eşen Çayı’s mouth, and then there is another six km to the end. During the holiday seasons, it can be really crowded within the immediate vicinity of the Patara Beach, but there are some solitary spots that you can still have to yourself if you just walk northwest going past the dunes. Summer, of course, is the best time to visit here, but during spring and fall, it can also be delightful to swim in the waters.

 
Kargı Beach
Bodrum has a reputation as a location that holds some of the most popular beaches in the Mediterranean. That is why many tourists opt to stay here. But, being popular does not necessarily mean that Bodrum is a crowded place all the time. There is one particular spot where you can enjoy some peace and quiet while enjoying the beach and the blue waters, and that is Kargi Beach, which is also famous for Turkey beach holidays.

 
Aside from the above mentioned locations there are many other places where you can truly enjoy Turkey beach holidays. Turkey, after all, is a true paradise on earth.

Diving in Kas

The entire area around Kas is full of world famous dive sites that offer visitors to Turkey and diving enthusiasts with a countless number of diving spots to choose from. Diving is by far the most popular activity in Kas, as well as one of the most popular activities to do while on your Fethiye to Olympos cruise or Olympos to Fethiye cruise. Scuba diving in Kas is also in the top 100 places to dive in the world.

 

Some of the main draws of diving in Kasinclude a choice of more than 30 dive sites, access to an extremely attractive underwater landscape, crystal clear waters with maximum visibility and exotic marine life.

 

Some of the most popular dive sites in and around Kas include caves, wreck diving, underwater canyon exploration and sometimes even night diving. The choice of dive sites largely depends on experience, certification and the visibility on the day that you choose to dive.

 

Diving in Kas allows visitors to view marina life in their natural habitat. Turkey is home to an array of beautiful marine life including Sea slugs, Jackfish, Caretta Caretta Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Octopus and a variety of colourful fish.

And that’s not all that Kas has to offer. There are a number of other marine life forms that are also known to visit the area including dolphins!

 

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Diving in Kas

What makes diving in Kas so safe and popular for tourists is that Kas has many companies diving in the area with world class instructors. Plus they also offer short dives to fit in with your gulet cruise if passing by in the area. Diving is fun for all ages and all expertise. Alaturka offer gulet cruise short dives and full day dives. The price for a short dive during your blue cruises is around 30 euro per person in peak season. For full day tours, the price varies and guests should be expecting to pay around 45 euro for the day or more. This includes all of your equipment hire, instructor and pickup and drop off to your boat or hotel. This also includes lunch on the full day tour. Pretty reasonable!

 

Some of the most popular dive sites in Kas include Pegeon Island, Blue Hole, Mavi Wreck and Paradise Reef, Assi Island and Lighthouse Reef and Otoman Wreck.