With 8,000 km of coastline, it’s no wonder that Turkey is home to several world-famous beaches, remote coves to resort hotel beaches with water sports and all sorts of amenities.
With its frigid waters and sometimes rocky shores, the Black Sea is not usually considered a beach destination, but it has some stretches of lovely, sandy shoreline. The beaches at Kilyos just outside Istanbul, are among the nicest and are easy to get to, although you may find them crowded on the weekends.
The Aegean has crystal-clear waters and a mix of resorts and quieter seaside spots, although its beaches tend to be pebbly. An exception to that is Altınkum, near Çeşme, a series of undeveloped coves with glorious golden sand beaches.
Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has turquoise waters that stay warm well into October and an abundance of Picture-perfect beaches, although overdevelopment has become a problem in some parts. Thankfully, there are stil a good number of unspoiled beaches left. Dalyan’s İztutu Beach stretches for 5 sandy kilometers, with a fresh water lagoon on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. Near Fetiyeh is Olüdeniz, a stunning lagoon of azure waters backed by white sand. The beach at Patara is one of Turkey’s best, an 11 km stretch with little but fine sand and dunes.