August 8, 2019 Villa White House

Turkey’s Unspoilt Beaches

If a summer holiday in Turkey makes you think of crowded beaches and heaving resorts, think again. For swimmers and sun worshipper, Turkey offers the best dream beaches. Scattered among the mountainous peninsulas lie hidden arcs of sand, pretty shingle bays and unspoilt villages with simple restaurants opening out on to the beach. They are rarely busy, even in the height of summer.


Cirali: If you want a more relaxed, romantic atmosphere, Cirali is the beach for you. It is more secluded and smaller, backed by a forest, filled with Roman ruins.

Phaselis: Phaselis is an ancient city, which has magical mix of pine forests and golden sandy beach. This secret beach is famous with its superb swimming opportunities and natural beauty of the clear sea.

Black Sea

Sinop: Sinop has many fascinating things to see, and the beaches are small. Nice beaches, never crowded, because the Black Sea water is usually pretty chilly.

Inkumu: Inkumu is a unique tourism attraction on the Black Sea coast. Sea shore is full of green pine forests, sand and bright sea.

South Aegean

Sarigerme: Sarigerme is a large sandy beach, scenic and spacious. With its back surrounded by pine forests and facing a long beach with fine sand and a clean sea. It is a very special location indeed for families with children.

Palamutbuku: This untouched cove just far out into the South Aegean and is awash with almond trees, olives and wild flowers. The water is clean and cool, and the sea is like turquoise silk linen.

Butterfly Valley: Turkey’s most photogenic beach is Butterfly Valley. Thousands of butterflies live in the trees behind the beach. There are just a few treehouses in which to rest your head.

Kabak: Kabak is the perfect place to escape package holiday groups and most visitors come here to chill out in one of the many wooden huts and bungalows, set in the pine forested valley behind the sand and pebble beach.

North Aegean

Assos: The old town and ancient city occupy a rocky peak, with stunning views of the Aegean and Greece beyond, while its harbour is one of the most picturesque to be found anywhere on the Aegean coast.

Foca: Foca is popular with Turkish holidaymakers living in nearby Izmir. Its historic sites include a Genoese castle and a small ancient theatre. The resort is split into two bays with beaches in each.


August 8, 2019 Villa White House

Caretta Carettas

Today, two of the seven sea turtle species in the world’s seas nest and lay their eggs in the Mediterranean, Caretta Caretta and Green sea turtle.

Turkey is one of the most important nesting areas of these species in the Mediterranean. In particular, more than half of the population of Green sea turtles is nesting in Turkey.

Every year in early summer, Caretta Caretta sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach where they themselves hatched, nest between 50-150 eggs by digging.

After hatching approximately two months later, baby turtles begin to walk towards to the sea is full of with danger. Baby turtles begin to life alone, but nature has equipped them with the knowledge they need to do. However, it is not enough reaching the sea for survival. Only one turtle of every 1000 babies can reach puberty.

Come and see the 100 million-year journey of the Caretta Caretta sea turtles on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

Nesting Beaches

These amazing creatures on our planet going back to the beach to lay their eggs every year. Caretta Caretta sea turtles visit almost 20 beaches in Turkey.

The major nesting areas of the Caretta Caretta sea turtles in Turkey;

  • Belek, Side, Kumluca, Cirali, Tekirova, Patara, Kale, Demirtas, Kizilot, Kas (Antalya)
  • Anamur, Davultepe, Goksu Delta, Alata, Kazanli, Gazipasa (Mersin)
  • Samandag (Hatay)
  • Marmaris, Dalaman, Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach), Fethiye, Ekincik (Mugla)
  • Yumurtalik, Akyatan (Adana)
  • Kusadasi (Aydin)

If you find yourself having a holiday in Turkey, then take the chance to go to these beaches and see for yourself why the areas are marvelous places for the Caretta Caretta sea turtles to live.

Studies of the turtles along all Turkey’s shores have been launched, and over 20 sand beaches of foremost importance as breeding grounds for turtles are kept under constant observation by the Turtle Preservation Committee.

Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Centres

Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs at Iztuzu Beach every year, one of top beaches in the world. You can find several rescue and rehabilitation centres in Turkey, which can be visited by guided tour, has saved dozens of loggerhead and green turtles.