Top Beach Resorts in Turkey

Turkey is a holiday haven for British tourists, but just off the beaten track there are stunning local communities, virgin beaches and simple restaurants that are rarely full of the bustling tourists that pack the crowded resort beaches.

Guest article from Andy who is a travel advisor and blogger currently working for Simpson

Butterfly Valley

A beach where the only access is by a 50 minute hike from the road or by boat from Olu Deniz is sure to be peaceful. The spectacularly located beach resides at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by cliffs. The beach provides plenty shaded area, but do take plenty of supplies with you as it is a trip for a whole day.


Found on the Datca peninsula, this beach exists on a small stretch along with two other beaches, the Hayitbuku and the Kizilbuk, but this beach is by far the most accommodating with a number of fine restaurants close by. The pine forests surrounding the beach do everything to cap off the beauty of this beach.


If you are a bit of a petrol head then you will know of the winding valley Kas-Kalkan road, a stunning drive that can be topped off beautifully by the Kaputas beach. Similar in setting to Butterfly Vallet, this beach set in between a valley can throw up quite hazardous waters, so caution is advised, although on a calm day, there is no where better to relax in the surroundings.


Cesme, west of Izmir, boasts pristine beaches, quaint coffee houses and chic nightlife, and this beachfront resort affords instant access to the blue-flag bays and the best city attractions.

Within minutes from this hotel in Cesme, guests can easily reach the city's popular markets and thermal baths, tour the Cesme Castle or take a day trip across the strait to the Greek Island of Chios.

Hisaronu Bay

One for the water sports enthusiasts, this beach lay just below the resort of Olu Deniz but is somewhat forgotten by tourists. The beach and waters is hit by a permanent breeze, making the conditions perfect for windsurfers or kite-surfers. This beach again is backed on by a bunch of restaurants. The quiet country lanes needed to traverse to find this beach make it a place untouched by the uninitiated.


Found almost central on the Bodrum peninsula, this beach is the most popular for tourists of all the beaches found on this list, but if you could consider this beach as a gateway to the smaller beaches surrounding the area. Hiring a boat is key to finding these private beaches, so find yourself a friendly boat hire company and negotiate a day rate to explore the beaches around the area that may only be accessible by boat.

We all know some of the cheapest places to stay are at the resorts, due to the all inclusive offers, transfers and flights that are often included with the package, but thinking outside of the box and travelling to some of the more secluded locations will open your eyes to the beauty that Turkey really beholds.

Andy is a travel advisor and blogger currently working for Simpson who specialise in there villas in turkey. It is an underrated place to and is not just a busy tourist hotspot.


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