Turkey is rewnowned for its fabulous beaches – admittedly some of them prettily heavily populated but the majority offering miles of unadulterated sand, beautiful coves and stunning sea in which to swim and indulge in various watersports. It’s something which has attracted both tourists, holidaymakers and those looking to invest in a property in Turkey for decades now. Here at Oceanwide Properties Turkey we give you a run-down of some of our 5 favourite non-populated beaches in this wonderful country of sea, sand and sunshine:
This stunning 3 km arc of beach sitting at the front of the peaceful resort of Cirali and surrounded by planes of citrus groves, is populated with endangered loggerhead turtles which swim ashore every summer to lay eggs. Because of this (ie the protection of the turtles), the beach itself comes under Turkish Forestry and Ministry of Culture and Tourism rules so its heavily watched against development and will remain quiet and unspoiled. Having said that, there are little beach cafes on the seafront of the resort for refreshments which will save you the bother of having to pack a beach picnic for lunch).
Within easy sailing distance from Fethiye or the famous populated beach of Olu Deniz, the beautiful beach at Butterfly Valley is peaceful and has the added attraction of an exciting scramble over rocks for those who love hiking. Butterfly Valley itself sits between two tall cliffs in a U shape and ends at the beach.
Another beach within sight of Olu Deniz, Gemiler is quiet and, fortunately for those who don’t particularly enjoy sailing, can also be reached via public transport (ie bus). From here you’ll have lovely undisturbed views of St Nicholas Island which boasts an ancient monastic retreat and is well worth a visit to for those who enjoy a touch of religious history.
A small stretch of shingle beach lying on the Datca peninsula, Ovabuku – together with Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk – is one of three pretty bays (although Ovabuku is by far the nicest of the trio). And, again, you won’t have to walk far to find some decent refreshments should the make take you.
Sitting on the Bodrum peninsula, Ortakent is popular for windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and other popular water sports. It’s also surrounded by market gardens and rural village life for those who fancy a stroll after an hour or two sunbathing.
For those who really fancy a day getting away from it all, Kabak is the destination to head for. This single stretch of shingle beach is surrounded by pretty pine forest and fronts several quiet campsites. There are no cafes or restaurants nearby so this is beach bathing as basic as it comes – and definitely not without its many charms.
For more information on Turkish beaches or about Turkey property in which to stay on a trip to the country, then contact us here at Oceanwide Properties where we market property for sale in Fethiye, Kalkan and other resort areas as well as the vibrant city of Istanbul.
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