Along the west coast of Turkey (Türkiye), from the Dardanelles in the north to Fethiye in the south, runs the beautiful Turkish Aegean Coast. It is a fascinating region bordered by strips of sand which will make you discover many archaeological sites along a turquoise blue sea in a setting of pines and olive trees.

Along the west coast of Turkey (Türkiye), from the Dardanelles in the north to Fethiye in the south, runs the beautiful Turkish Aegean Coast. It is a fascinating region bordered by strips of sand which will make you discover many archaeological sites along a turquoise blue sea in a setting of pines and olive trees.

You can of course stroll through its villages of whitewashed houses, but the region is not limited to its sleepy hamlets and its fishing ports, however charming they may be. Along this part of the coast you will find bustling towns and resorts that will keep you busy day and night. And with the ultra-fresh local ingredients found everywhere, you will also see that the cuisine is very tasty.

The best beaches on the Turkish Aegean coast

Looking for the best beaches in Turkey? The Turkish Aegean Coast offers breathtaking beach choices. You will enjoy magnificent islands, hidden coves and large stretches of sand.

1. The best beaches

Marmaris is one of the most well-known destinations on this coast, and the most popular sites in the area are easily accessible by boat from the city’s port. Kumlubük is a place enhanced by its crystal clear waters while İncekum offers a sandy beach with shallow waters.

Bodrum, where beach and nightlife converge, is also popular. Gümbet offers a sandy beach with shallow waters and lined with hotels, and invites its visitors to discover its vibrant nightlife as well. As for Gümüşlük, its bohemian vibe adds a pristine landscape to its ancient ruins. Chic Turgutreis has a high-ranking marina and Göltürkbükü is famous for its luxury hotels.

If you prefer lively beaches, head to Çeşme, where you will enjoy the trendy beach clubs of Ava Yorgi Bay. You can enjoy the thermal springs and warm waters of Ilica Beach, or choose to discover Altinkum Beach (Golden Sand Beach) if you prefer swimming in cold waters. In addition, if you are a fan of water sports, Alaçatı, the paradise of windsurfing, in the heart of a turquoise sea, is a recognized center for these disciplines.

2. Island beaches

Bozcaada Island is a fun place to visit, with its white-sand beaches, quaint cobbled streets and laid-back culture of hanging out at local cafes.

Gökçeada is the largest Turkish island. It is surrounded by wild creeks and pristine bays. Head to Aydıncık Beach to enjoy a natural mud bath.

Cunda Island is famous for its beaches and for the practice of diving. Head to one of the many seaside “meyhanes” (traditional establishments serving drinks and meze) to sample “papalina” (small sea fish) and stay until daybreak. The legend says that the sands of the island of Sedir would have been brought especially for Cleopatra. And if this sand was to the taste of the Queen, it is certainly that the area must be worth the detour.

3. One-of-a-kind beaches

The famous Ölüdeniz lagoon is a turquoise pool of shallow water, separated from the main beach by a sandbar. It is a beautiful place to swim or snorkel without being disturbed by boats.

To enjoy a striking landscape, look no further: discover the Valley of the Butterflies. A short hike through the canyon (or a boat ride from Ölüdeniz) will take you to a sandy beach flanked by two towering rock faces.

At İztuzu beach in Dalyan, the river that crosses the Carian tombs of Kaunos flows into the sea. Here you can swim in fresh water on one side and in salty sea water on the other. This habitat makes the place quite unique, with its rich mineral waters and mud baths. This beach is one of the best known places among the sites where the loggerhead turtles (Caretta carettas) come to lay their eggs during the summer period.