As Spring 2012 approaches many of us are thinking (or day dreaming) of planning an escape to the sun, sea and sand (that wont break the bank).
If you’re looking for a relaxing cheap beach get-away a holiday in Turkey could be your best bet.
Turkey is home to hundreds of beaches and marinas which have the “Blue Flag” (A European award for the best clean water) on the Mediterranean and Aegean.
Gone are the days when you needed to take a long haul flight to far flung destinations to access glorious sunshine and dip your toes in some turquoise blue waters.
Here’s our Holiday Mate 2012 mini beach guide:
Olympos Beach (Antalya)
A favourite haunt of the backpacker, this beautiful beach and adjoining village of Olympos is a must visit for anyone willing to get away from it all and spend a few days in a tree house! The beach is easily found as there is just one main access point and even this is interesting and lined with ruins. Olympos Beach is a worthy, if a little quirky, top beach contender!
Kaputas Beach (Kalkan & Kas)
Kaputas is a mountain gorge with a small shingle cove beach under a bridge crossing the gorge, with a steep set of steps up/down to the beach and a steep drop off into the clear blue sea. It’s a 10 minute dolmus (bus) ride from the hill village of Kalkan, a harbour town with colourful restaurants and terraced bars overlooking the marina. Kalkan has its own small shingle beach too.
Butterfly Valley (near Oludeniz)
Spectacularly situated between two towering cliffs, Butterfly valley stretches out in a v-shape, ending in a sweep of beach. Most visitors access the beach by boat from Oludeniz or Fethiye, but for adventurous trekkers there is a rocky path that leads down from the road (around 40 mins down and an hour back up).
Çalis Beach (Fethiye)
Çalis Beach is informal, relaxing, and excellent for water sports or a family holiday. The coarse sand stretches for 2.5 miles, bordered by a pedestrian road lined with hotels, cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.
Kabak Beach (near Oludeniz)
If you’re staying in Faralya but the trek down (or boat trip across) to the beach at Butterfly Valley seems a little like hard work, head for Kabak beach – a totally unspoilt stretch of shingle beach that is surrounded on three sides by lush pine forest. This remote spot of beach is a great hidden gem; there is nothing on the beach and only a few secluded campsites behind it; if you’re looking for a back-to-basics beach experience this is the perfect spot.
Konyaalti sits in the heart of the big city, so this is a great holiday option for anyone who prefers ‘not to’ lay on the beach all day. The city location provides ‘things to do’ galore. And the beach seems to stretch out forever so you’ll have no problem getting your own patch of sand to top up your tan!
Oludeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon
The waters surrounding the small village of Oludeniz are a breathtakingly beautiful shade of blue. A great spot for sunbathing Oludeniz is renowned as one of the world’s paragliding hot spots. Great for relaxing or taking to the air to sample the panoramic views.
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