It wasn’t that long ago that Turkey was still a destination for more adventurous holidaymakers. Now, it’s a new golf mecca that can boast some of the best beaches anywhere in the world.
And while many of us will soon be heading to Turkey’s most popular timeshare resorts for the summer, there are still plenty of sandy white beaches well off the beaten track – or even just minutes from bigger resorts – which are not to be missed for a quiet day at the beach, away from the crowds.
Here are our top 10 untouched (or almost!) beach resorts in Turkey:
Hidden away on the Datca peninsula, Ovabuku’s beautiful bay is backed by small restaurants. Meanwhile, lush green countryside surrounds the area, making this the perfect peaceful escape.
2) Butterfly Valley
Based between two rugged cliffs, Butterfly Valley ends in a pristine, sandy white beach. Most visitors access the beach by boat, but hikers can make down the rocky path. Since the valley has no electricity, roads or buildings, this is a quiet camper’s paradise.
Based between the resorts of Turunc and Kumlubuk, the small cove of Amos is peacefully tucked away. Although it’s slightly rugged and the pebble beach is scattered with ancient loungers, there’s an unspoiled beauty to be enjoyed.
Although Gemiler is based close the pulsating Olu Deniz beach, it’s rarely crowded and can be reached by boat or bus from Hisaronu. Surrounded by pine and olive trees, this beautiful beach looks across to St Nicholas Island.
While the neighbouring Olympos beach – famed for its treehouse accommodation – has been popular for years, Cirali is still quiet and peaceful. This long stretch of beach is also a protected area, thanks to the resident loggerhead turtles. Flanked by rugged mountains, this simple, hippyish village is one of Turkey’s most beautiful hidden gems.
Kaputas beach is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. It’s popular with locals, meaning it enjoys a different atmosphere to that of some of Turkey’s more accessible stretches of coastline.
7) Hisaronu Bay
Hisaronu Bay boasts two small beaches which overlook the Datca peninsula. Meanwhile, a clutch of restaurants surround the beach, giving you the perfect viewpoint to watch the local windsurfers.
Based along the Bodrum peninsula, Ortakent is backed by market gardens and a quiet rural village. With its range of watersports, including wake-boarding, kayaking and sailing, Ortakent is a great option for family holidays. Meanwhile, self-hire boats are available to allow you to explore the area’s other picturesque coves and bays.
Popular with the locals, Gunluklu is best avoided at the weekends. However, it remains peaceful during the week due to its remote location – it’s hidden down a long track from the Fethiye-Gocek road, and surrounded by pine forests and sweet gum trees. However, if you do fancy a shopping spree, the more popular bustle of Fethiye is just a short drive away.
If you’re staying in Faralya but the trip to the beach at Butterfly Valley is off-putting, then head for this unspoiled shingle beach and its surrounding pine forest. There are a few secluded campsites at Kabak, so make for here to enjoy a true back-to-basics beach experience
Turkey’s remarkable mixture of the traditional and the modern, coupled with the unique culture it has developed at the crossroads of Europe and Asia mean that it offers a wide range of experiences. The charm of Turkey is that one trip is never enough, which is one of the reasons why so many people choose to own a timeshare property in the country in order to be able to explore it again and again.