Holidays in Turkey
15 million tourists rest in Turkey every year. Where do the Turks rest? On the best beaches of their country. Many of these beautiful places are still not known to Russian tourists. Meanwhile, it is easy to visit them – it’s enough just to leave your hotel in a resort town for a day. Impressions of such a trip can overshadow everything that you previously knew about Turkey.
We offer a mini guide to the best Turkish beaches – how to get, what to see, how to have fun. Note that most of the listed beaches are marked with the “Blue Flag” – a sign of water purity and impeccability of the coastal zone.
The best beach in Turkey near the small resort village of Patara (Gelemis). The strip of the beach with excellent white sand stretches for 20 km. A great place for those who love privacy and low prices. The cost of double rooms in local guesthouses on average – $ 25 per day.
Where: 75 km south of Fethiye.
How to get there: by car or bus (from the station in Fethiye). For orientation on maps and bus timetables, keep in mind the modern name of the village – Gelemis (Gelemis). Most buses will only take you to the village of Ovaköy, from where it is 3.5 km to Gelemis.
What to do: get acquainted with the story. The settlement of Patara does not exist for the first thousand years, and once served as the main harbor of ancient Lycia. According to legend, St. Nicholas was born here (later becoming Santa Claus). 1.5 km to the south of the village are interesting ancient ruins – among other things worth noting freed from captivity sand dunes amphitheater, triumphal arch, necropolis (cemetery), ruins of the basilica and term (public baths).
2. Oludeniz (Ölüdeniz)
Excellent beach combined with a developed tourist infrastructure. Here you can find a good hotel and a restaurant for every taste. In Turkish, the name of the beach means “dead sea” (in the sense of “very calm”). It is located on the shore of a quiet harbor, surrounded on all sides by mountains. The harbor connects with the sea through a narrow channel, thanks to which even during a strong storm the coastal waters of Oludeniz are completely calm.
Where: 8.5 km south of Fethiye.
How to get there: by car, bus or minibus from Fethiye. It is better to come here on a weekday, because on weekends, in the high season, crowds of Oludeniz lovers create considerable traffic jams.
What to do: paragliding. Among the mountain massif surrounding the Oludeniz Lagoon, Mount Babadak (1960 m) stands out, from where paragliders start. From a height of 1.5 km, you will see not only the entire lagoon, the waters of which shimmer with all shades of azure, but even the island of Rhodes far into the sea. It takes about 45 minutes to climb to the top in a jeep, it costs from $ 10. The flight itself will cost from $ 50, the final price depends on how you are bargaining. For beginners, the opportunity to fly in tandem.
3. Olympos (Olimpos)
Unlike the vast majority of first-class Turkish beaches, Olympos is still a provincial quiet town. Here you can find a suitable hotel, but you will not notice any shops or other signs of civilization.
Where: 80 km southwest of Antalya.
How to get there: by car, it is most convenient to overcome a stretch of road 7 km from the main highway to Olympos. Intercity buses here do not wrap. If there is no alternative to the bus, you can choose flights going from the north (from Antalya, Kemer, Phaselis) or from the west (Kash, Demre, Kalkan), but wherever you go, be sure to warn the driver to drop you off at Olympos . There is no special stop here. Since the flow of tourists to Olympos is small, but constant, in summer, taxi drivers are sometimes on duty at the turn to the town.
What to do: explore the ancient and medieval ruins, walk through the pine forests. But in Olympos it is practically the same thing, since most of the marble ruins are scattered over pine forests. You can go and look at the “Chimera” – access to the surface of natural gas, which burns with a bright flame and is visible at night far from the sea. It was the sailors in ancient times who saw in the splashes of fire a formidable monster. In Turkish, the name of this attraction sounds like “Yanartash”. It is located 7 km from Olympos, at an altitude of 300 m.
The once lonely village has now become a populous and noisy resort, favored by the Turks themselves. But the white sandy beaches have not lost their appeal, they are still enough for everyone.
Where: 65 km east of Antalya, west of Alanya.
How to get there: by car, bus or minibus from Antalya or Alanya. Avoid weekends when half of Ankara goes swimming in Side.
What to do: ancient ruins are attached to bathing and sunbathing. In the ruins of the Therm there is a museum with one of the richest archaeological collections in Turkey.