Turkey Best for Beaches Says Respected Blue Flag Scheme

Those hankering for a home overseas with a beautiful beach nearby to match would be hard pushed to find a more perfect location to invest in than property for sale in Turkey.

That’s because Turkey has some of the best shorelines and beaches in the world – and that’s official, we’re happy to report here at Oceanwide Properties Turkey.


A global Blue Flag scheme – which rates beaches on their environmental impact, cleanliness, water quality and overall looks – awarded Turkey a total of 383 Blue Flags. It’s the highest of all the countries who take part in the award, including the UK and other European countries, South Africa and the Caribbean (beaches in France were rated third highest).

The spectacular total of 383 flags is 52 more than the country received last year, justifying its well-deserved distinction as one of the best holiday countries in the world.

But it’s not only in terms of beaches that Turkey is forging ahead. Property in Turkey is being snapped up by foreign tourists while it’s marinas are becoming increasingly popular. In fact they too impressed judges from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) who organise the Blue Flag awards. A total of 21 marinas in Turkey – seven in Mugla and six in Antalya – can now proudly fly their Blue Flag, making it the seventh highest in the awards category.

The region in Turkey with the most Blue Flags is Antalya, with 179 in total. Mugla is next with 76 and three beaches in Istanbul also pass FEE approval.

Turkey’s beaches

Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Ocean and the Turkish Riviera it is clear Turkey was always going to be a gold star resort when it came to beaches – white sands and clear, warm water win every time. And of course, the backdrop isn’t bad either – mountaineous regions with lush vegetation.

Oludeniz Beach

Resembling a lagoon rather than a sea, the water at Oludeniz Beach is calm and the beach is big enough so that it never feels crowded. A nearby town means there’s always somewhere to go for a snack and drink if you didn’t have time to make your own picnic that morning. Again, families are regularly spotted here as well as youngsters since there are plenty of sports facilities available, including jet skiing and paragliding.

Marmaris beaches

Preferred by families with young children thanks to the abundance of facilities, Marmaris, on the Aegean coast, is one of the more popular areas for sunbathing and lounging by tourists.

Olympos Beach

A smaller beach than the others and more unspoiled, Olympos is favoured by global traveller types and those who prefer something a little less noisy and touristy than the first two areas. Again, there’s a small village nearby where refreshments can be picked up. At Cirali there is a particular area which has special sanction as a protected breeding ground for loggerhead turtles and is well worth taking a look at.

For more information on Turkey and buying property for sale in Fethiye or Kalkan then take a look at our website Oceanwide Properties and drop us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help and point you in the right direction.


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2 thoughts on “Turkey Best for Beaches Says Respected Blue Flag Scheme”

  • lupainholidayrentals

    That was informative one. I have not visited Turkey yet, I am going to middle east in the end of 2013 and will visit Europe next year.

  • John Allex

    These details make me eager to have a trip Turkey for my next holidays, and as far as shorelines are concerned I would like to enjoy swimming especially sunbath would be marvelous…


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