10 places to find a quiet Turkey beach

So it’s been a while now since your move to Turkey, you are starting to feel at home but with summer round the corner, you are dreading the crowds about to descend on your little bit of paradise.

Your worries aren’t completely unfounded; airline records show, the number of reservations to Turkey made for the first six months of 2011 is the highest in history.

So here are the top ten places to find a quiet Turkey beach; these places are not overcrowded summer so you can go there for some much needed relaxation.

These 10 places to find a Turkey beach guarantees peace and quiet mainly because they range from hidden bays to pristine secluded coves.

Most can only be reached by car or boat, meaning they are rarely busy, even in the height of summer.


Tucked away on the Datca peninsula, Ovabuku is the prettiest in a chain of three bays, along with Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk. The beach is a relatively small stretch of creamy shingle, backed by a cluster of small restaurants and pensions. Here you find the whole package; peace, authenticity and a real sense of escape.

Butterfly valley

Situated between two towering cliffs, Butterfly valley stretches out in a v-shape, ending in a sweep of pristine beach. Most visitors access the beach by boat from Olu Deniz or Fethiye, but for adventurous trekkers there is a rocky path that leads down from the road.


Amos is a small cove tucked between two headlands.  It’s a bit rough and ready and the pebbles are scattered with ancient wooden loungers, but there is an unspoilt beauty that makes a stark contrast to the bling and bright lights of Marmaris, which lies across the bay.


The 3km sweep of beach is a protected area, thanks to the loggerhead turtles who clamber out of the sea to nest on the sand.  Flanked by two huge mountains, the whole area around Cirali is dramatically beautiful.


On the road between Kalkan and Kas, the beach at Kaputas is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. It’s a popular beach with locals, if you go on a windy day there are fabulous waves.

Hisaronu Bay

Hisaronu Bay has two small beaches that look out towards the Datca peninsula.  Behind the beach lies the kind of resort that feels like Turkey 20 years ago; a clutch of restaurants and simple pensions dotted along quiet country lanes.


Gemiler lies just a short way away from the heavily overpopulated Olu Deniz beach; it’s rarely crowded and reached by boat or bus ride from Hisaronu. The beach looks across to St Nicholas Island.


Lying mid-way along the Bodrum peninsula, Ortakent is not exactly a secret, but its delightful beach, backed by market gardens and the agreeable quiet bustle of a rural village.  Ortakent is a great option for a family holiday with older kids in tow, as the beach offers a range of watersports, from wake-boarding to kayaking and sailing.  The Bodrum peninsula is scattered with picturesque coves and bays and a self-hire boat is the ideal way to find your very own hidden beach.


Avoid Gunluklu on the weekends, as locals flock to this stretch of beach. Weekdays, however, it remains peaceful – hidden down a long track from the Fethiye-Gocek road, surrounded by pine forests and sweet gum trees.  Gunluklu is an ideal option if you want a feeling of total escape.


Kabak is a totally unspoilt stretch of shingle beach that is surrounded on three sides by lush pine forest.  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.



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