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Spectacular Beaches on The Turquoise Riviera of Turkey

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By: Erhan Kostepen

Spectacular Beaches on The Turquoise Riviera of Turkey

The area known as The Turquoise Riviera, Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast consists of the stretch of pristine waters that are part of the Izmir, Mugla, and Antalya provinces. 

What makes it so special? 

It has to be seen and experienced to be believed, it really is that paradisiac. There is the imposing mountain backdrop, the rich myths and folklore about the area and so much more. There is over 100km of spectacular shoreline.

It is also the home of two of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum of Mausolus ruins. In addition to all we have mentioned so far, though, there is a staggering number of gorgeous beaches. To help give you a shortlist to work with if you go traveling there, we have picked out our 3 favorites:

Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz

Probably one of the most popular stretches of sand in all of Turkey, the Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz is located inside the perimeters of a protected national park in the area where the Med meets the Aegean. Not only is it one of the most famous beaches in the country, but it is also considered by many to be the best in the world. 

The sea glistens with sparkles and shimmers of various shades of blue and you could be forgiven at times for thinking you were in another world. With the Babadag mountain in the back, you are guaranteed to come home with some of the most perfect holiday photos you will ever take. That mountain is also the starting point for many daredevil paragliders.

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Butterfly Valley Beach, Fethiye

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches in Turkey, as is the case in any of the countries that the Med rolls along. However, Butterfly Valley in Fethiye could be one of the most astonishing.

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The white sand contrasts beautifully with the crystal clear sapphire-colored waters and the giant and perilously steep rocks. If you are looking for a more active time than just resting on one of the loveliest beaches in the world, you are well located to explore the Butterfly Valley, 85,000sqm of land that includes over 80 different species of butterflies, with the option to try one of the hiking trails or marvel at the flora.

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Kaputas Beach, Kalkan

Found on the road between Kas and Kalkan, you will find an intimidating flight of stairs of around 200 that takes you to Kaputas Beach. Erhan Kostepen, Exec Chef and Co-Owner at Doya, is particularly fond of this beach was naturally created where the gorge there opens into an idyllic stretch of sand. It is often touted and celebrated in travel promotions and brochures. It features a long steep drop into the sea with Turkish gullet boats anchored around. A road winds around the edge of the cliffs there, Amalfi Coast-style.

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This is less quiet than some of the other beaches created from the mouth of the gorge, so be aware in high season that you may have to navigate through crowds of people who are all there to enjoy it.

Erhan Kostepen is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Doya