Step into Paradise: Turkey's 10 Most Beautiful Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Step into Paradise: Turkey's 10 Most Beautiful Destinations for Your Summer Vacation

Berfin Ceren Meray
March 22 2023 - 11:35am

Welcome to our guide to the most beautiful places in Turkey that you must see this summer vacation. Turkey is a country that is full of diverse landscapes, rich history, and cultural heritage. From the stunning beaches of the Mediterranean coast to the magnificent historical sites of Istanbul, Turkey has something to offer for every type of traveler. In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 must-see places that you should add to your itinerary when planning your summer vacation in Turkey. Get ready to be amazed by the natural wonders and cultural treasures of this beautiful country!

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1. Kaputaş Beach

1.	Kaputaş Beach

Kaputaş Beach, located between Kaş and Kalkan, is internationally renowned for its stunning turquoise waters and immaculate beachfront. Despite Antalya's scorching temperatures, the beach's naturally formed icy waters are a refreshing oasis, thanks to the influence of underground water. With hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to this picturesque location every year, Kaputaş Beach promises to be a visual feast.

2. The Ancient City of Side

2.	The Ancient City of Side

Side, a place where the past and present converge, has long been an attraction for many, from the Persian King Alexander the Great to the Mediterranean pirates. This historic city, which means 'Pomegranate', has been home to numerous civilizations throughout history. As you explore the ancient city of Side, you'll feel its layered history come alive.

3. Kekova Island

3.	Kekova Island

Kekova Island boasts a wealth of Lycian Union ruins, with visible traces along much of the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Its unique coastline is home to submerged sarcophagi, rock-carved tombs, and a sunken city, submerged after a major earthquake in ancient times. Diving in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island provides another opportunity to trace the footsteps of history.

4. Patara Beach

4.	Patara Beach

Patara Beach, situated in Kalkan, Antalya, and the longest beach on the Mediterranean, is renowned far beyond its hometown borders. Following its designation as the 'Year of Patara' last year, the beach, along with the Ancient City of Patara and sand dunes offering stunning views throughout the day, has become even more popular. This beach, home to endangered caretta carettas, promises a magnificent holiday experience this summer.

5. Kız Kumu

5.	Kız Kumu

Girl Sand Beach, popularly known as Kız Kumu, is one of the most sought-after beaches in Marmaris, with a fascinating history rooted in a tragic love story. The natural wonder of its red sands, allowing you to walk for 600 meters through the sea, makes this beach a popular destination, not just for its story, but also for its unique beauty.

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6. Faralya Village

6.	Faralya Village

Faralya Village, located in Fethiye, offers a peaceful and idyllic holiday in the midst of pine forests and the refreshing scent of the Mediterranean Sea. Its proximity to Butterfly Valley and Kabak Bay makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers. Known as the secret paradise, the village promises an unforgettable holiday experience amid nature's splendor.

7. The Butterfly Valley

7.	The Butterfly Valley

The Butterfly Valley, surrounded by steep cliffs at the foot of Babadağ, offers a breathtaking view that will stay with you for years to come. This bay is a treasure trove of natural beauty, including endemic plant species and more than 80 butterfly species, especially during July and August. A visit to this valley is a must for those looking to immerse themselves in nature's wonders.

8. Iztuzu Beach

8.	Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach, formed naturally after the Rhodes earthquake in ancient times, attracts domestic and foreign holiday enthusiasts as well as caretta carettas. The beach's fine sand grains and immaculate waters have earned it many domestic and international awards over the years. This beach, with its undeniable allure, is waiting to provide you with a magnificent holiday experience this year.

9. Marmaris Boncuk Cove

9.	Marmaris Boncuk Cove

Escape the crowds and discover the hidden gem of Marmaris - Boncuk Cove. With its pristine beach, palm trees and hammocks, this secluded spot is perfect for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Keep an eye out for sharks, which can be seen swimming about 150-200 meters off the cliffs on the side of the bay.

10. Selimiye Village

10.	Selimiye Village

Nestled in Marmaris, Selimiye Village is a true hidden paradise waiting to be explored. Surrounded by natural beauty and a tranquil atmosphere, it's the ideal destination for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once a pirate's haven for ambushing ships, it now boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Don't miss out on this peaceful retreat.

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Which of these hidden gems in Turkey are you most interested in visiting and why? Let us know in the comments!

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