Summer is here and that means almost everyone is craving a relaxing tropical vacation, possibly somewhere they’ve never been before. There is just something about that salty breeze in your hair that completely resets your mind and body.

With the holiday season in full swing, the list of destinations to choose from are plentiful, to say the least. Whether you’re a 5-star resort type of traveller or a camper, the world is your oyster! All you need to do is get around to picking a place for this year’s getaway.

In case you need some help, our top pick this time is definitely Turkey. It’s a land of impressive culture and stunning beaches that you will surely enjoy. Here’s a list of our suggestions for the best beach holidays in Turkey. 

Visa Requirements for Turkey

First things first – let’s get the visa requirements out of the way. 

Just like with any other country, check the date on your passport. It should be valid for at least 6 months from your planned trip. 

There are 78 visa exempt countries (click here to see which) and 42 territories are allowed to apply for an e-Visa (click here).

At the moment, residents of Northern Cyprus do not need a visa to stay, study or work in Turkey.

Luckily, the Turkey visa is not difficult to obtain, as long as you know where to look. Make sure to stay away from scam websites and only visit the official ones. You’ll only need to fill out a form, pay a fee (around $20) and you’re good to go. You can apply for your visa for Turkey and get it months in advance.

4 Best Beach Holidays in Turkey

Antalya

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Antalya is one of Turkey’s most famous summer destinations for a good reason. The exciting, bustling city never sleeps, but it’s also surrounded by some of Turkey’s most beautiful beaches. 

It is famous for its glamorous hotels and five-star resorts, but you can also spend a budget-friendly holiday here. The city’s main beaches are the Konyaaltı Beach and the Lara Beach, both close to the city center. 

Lara Beach is the most popular among tourists, while the stunning Konyaaltı Beach is mostly visited by locals. Konyaaltı is very long, so you’ll never have to worry about finding a free spot!

If you want to do more than just relax by the sea, you can visit some of the many wonderful sights in Antalya. Most of them are located in its Old Town and historic center called Kaleiçi. 

The scenic district is home to the famous Hadrian’s Gate, Yivli Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower and traditional-style houses. Its ancient streets will make you feel like you’re in another era! 

Also, a fun activity for both adults and children could be visiting the Antalya Aquarium. It is one of the biggest in the entire world!

Oludeniz

This picture-perfect town is an ideal beach vacation spot for nature enthusiasts and campers. However, even if you prefer staying in a hotel, you will have an amazing time in Oludeniz. 

Even though the town is becoming more popular, it still feels like you’re in the middle of untouched nature. An example of natural beauty is the world famous Blue Lagoon. It is easily one of the most stunning and breathtaking locations in Turkey. 

You can reach it by water taxi or by bus. Get your cameras ready, since this is one of the most photographed sights in the country!

If you enjoy some of the more extreme sports, Oludeniz is one of the best locations for tandem paragliding. The Babadag mountain above Oludeniz is the starting point, from where you’ll glide above the mountainside and coast of this area. Adrenaline junkies will surely enjoy the beautiful ride and the scenery accompanying it.

Also, make sure you visit the Butterfly Valley. It is a national preservation area and home to more than 100 species of butterflies, tucked between the mountains. It is truly a one of a kind experience.

There’s no better place for you if what you need is distance from the busy everyday life. 

Alanya

Located in the same province as Antalya, Alanya is a real Mediterranean gem. It is yet another vibrant city blessed with many natural treasures which make it a perfect holiday destination.

Although the things that stand out from the panorama are its magnificent castle and fortress, Alanya has lovely beaches. The most famous one is certainly Cleopatra’s Beach – a proud owner of the Blue Flag, covered with fine golden sand.

If you have a car, there are also some beaches around Alanya that are worth visiting. For example, Ulas Beach is mostly unknown to tourists, but it’s an idyllic picnic spot popular among locals.

Since the Turks specialize in coastal resorts, you can also find them in Alanya. Besides that, there are plenty of high-standard hotels that guarantee a pleasant stay.

Marmaris

When it comes to things that make a holiday destination great, Marmaris has it all. This is an ideal place for families with children, but its nightlife makes it a great choice for young people too. The beaches are stunning, the local food is mouth-watering and the old town is picturesque and interesting. What more could you ask for? 

It is considered to be the border between the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, it has always been an important part of the Ottoman Empire. One of the most beautiful parts of Marmaris are its Old Town and castle, dating from that era.

Even though it is a big city, get ready to breathe in some of Turkey’s freshest air. The pine-covered hills almost give it a luxurious spa feeling, which is why the Turks call it Green Marmaris!

The central beach in Marmaris is long, sandy, clean and great for kids. If you’d like to see more, the beach in Icmeler (basically the suburbs of Marmaris) is stunning. 

For an authentic Turkish experience while on holiday, visit the Marmaris Grand Bazaar. Some of the handmade goods could be a great souvenir to take home. Don’t forget to bargain!

If you prefer a more active holiday check our guide to five must have adventures in Turkey.