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Best beaches in Antalya

Best beaches in Antalya

‘Golden Beaches of the Turkish Riviera

Beach tourism drawing scores of tourists each year is the lifeblood of Antalya. With the many archaeological artifacts and natural landmarks surrounding it, the city has been nicknamed the Turkish Riviera.

In Antalya, where the sea, sun, history and nature are in magical harmony, you will find the cleanest, most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. Antalya’s 630 kilometers of coastline in lined with ancient cities, ancient ports, and ancient tombs dotted along many bays, beaches, green valleys, and rivers.

Many of Antalya’s beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, a campaign that began in 1992 in Mediterranean cities and is now run in Turkey by the Environmental Education Foundation, a member of the FEE. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful beaches of the Turkish Riviera.

Cleopatra Beach

This Bleu Flag beach can be found to the west of the historic peninsula, on the shore near the Damlataş Cave. It is located next to a small stony bay close to the peninsula nicknamed Cleopatra Bay. According to legend, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra stopped in Alanya during a military campaign in the Mediterranean and swam in this bay. Cleopatra Bay is noted for its crystal clear waters. Swimming in these waters can make one feel as royal as Cleopatra herself.

Patara Beach

Patara Beach is in the Kaş district of Antalya and at 18 kilometers, is the longest and most eye-catching beach in Turkey. It is close to the ancient city of Patara and has recently been named is the Sunday Times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With its fine golden sand, sand dunes and wave formations, the beach looks more like a desert. The sea is quite shallow, and thanks to the wind, it is an ideal spot for windsurfing. Patara Beach is under state protection also because Caretta Caretta sea turtles lay their eggs here.

Olympos Beach

You do not need any prior historical knowledge or a guide to visit Olympos, but knowing its history will make every step you take and every ruin you visit more pleasurable. Even with such rich history, the past is not the only thing that attracts people to Olympos: It is very difficult to refuse the call of the Mediterranean’s crystal clear waters. There is nothing like swimming in its waters while gazing upon the antique acropolis sitting atop the nearby mountain.

Lara Beach

Lara Beach, one of the biggest sandy beaches in Turkey, is 12 kilometers to the east of Antalya and tends to be less crowded than the city’s other beaches. The sand is very fine and the area is surrounded by pine forests, giving a natural touch.

The Blue Flag program is part of a campaign run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) since 1987 that aims to provide cleaner waters in seas and lakes, greater order on their shores and better service around them throughout the world.

Konyaalti Beach

Where else can you spend an entire day enjoying the sea and the sun, trying outing different and funning every time? Konyaalti Beach stretches out along the skirts of snowy mountains, a destination where you can not help but feel peace and harmony as you touch the water. But beware; even the relatively calm sea can get very deep in some locations.

Alanya Portakal Beach

Another Blue Flag recipient, the beach is 1 kilometer to the east of the city. Beginning at the point Oba Brook joins the sea, the beach is a continuation of Keykubat Beach and finishes where the Dim Brook meets the sea. The Phenomenal lofty peaks of the Taurus Mountains stretch out behind the sand and sandstone beach, reaching heights of up to 100 meters, taking travelers breathe away.

 

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