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Best beaches in Oludeniz and Fethiye

The region around Oludeniz and Fethiye offers a choice of golden-sand beaches scattered around Turkey’s Gulf of Göcek, including Turkey's most famous beach at Oludeniz, and others…

Belcekiz Beach, Oludeniz

Belcekiz Beach

Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on Turkey's most famous beach – a 1.8km-long, 50m-wide crescent of course golden sand and small pebbles set in a picture-perfect location.

Surrounded by soaring mountains and protected by a pine-clad promontory, Belcekiz Beach (also known as Oludeniz Beach) shelves gently into calm turquoise water with perfect swimming conditions for small children.

At the western end of the beach is the much-photographed tranquil blue water of Oludeniz Lagoon, surrounded by pine woods.

Go swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters or try paragliding from the top of nearby Babadag Mountain (1950m) to land on Belcekiz Beach below.

Oludeniz is one of the world’s most popular sites for paragliding: a local paragliding centre provides tandem glides and solo courses for beginners.

Beach facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, beach volleyball, toilets and a choice of beachside kiosk restaurants and bars.

Although the area is collectively known as Oludeniz, this long beach is officially known as Belcekiz Beach.

Turkey’s top beach destination offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, including the beachfront Club Belcekiz Beach and nearby LykiaWorld, a 5-star beachfront theme park that is ideal for families, located just 2.4km south of Belcekiz Beach.

Oludeniz is located 8.5km south of Fethiye on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, around 50km from Dalaman Airport. A dolmus (shared taxi) services Belcekiz Beach frequently from Fethiye.

Calis Beach, Fethiye

Calis Beach

(Fethiye) – Unwind on the course golden sands of this 4km-long beach that shelves into the clear blue waters of Fethiye Bay.

Facilities close to town include parasols and sun loungers for hire, with a choice of bars and restaurants scattered along the beachfront.

At the picturesque northern end of the beach, known as Koca Calis, high winds and shallow waters offer perfect conditions for windsurfing and a local windsurfing school offers lessons and equipment hire.

Renowned for its magical sunsets, Calis is easy to reach by water taxi from Fethiye Marina and is lined with a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels.

Calis Beach is located around 5km north of Fethiye town centre and 15km north of Oludeniz.

Butterfly Valley Beach, Oludeniz

Butterfly Valley Beach

Sunbathe on the golden sands of this small and pristine 300m-long beach that fringes a long picturesque inlet framed by soaring bush-clad cliffs.

Go swimming and snorkelling from the beach or hike into the pristine Butterfly Valley, famous for its walking trails through a preserved ecosystem consisting of various flora and fauna such as the rare tiger butterfly, which turns the valley a bright red during the months of April and May.

The Lycian Way hiking trail passes through the valley on its way to Antalya.

Apart from cheap backpacker lodgings and a snack bar, there are no facilities on this secluded beach, which lies only a short distance south of Oludeniz and a half-hour drive from Fethiye.

Water taxis leave from Oludeniz Lagoon and Belcegiz Beach several times a day.

Patara Beach, Kalkan

Patara Beach

Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on one of Turkey’s best beaches – an 11km-long and 50m-wide pale golden-sand beach that lies beneath hilly bush-covered sand dunes.

Facilities at the small beachside café include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets, changing huts, cold drinks and food.

Patara Beach is also a nesting ground for the caretta caretta turtle, which is why the beach is off-limits after dark and umbrellas must be place within 20m of the sea.

A short walk behind the beach stand the remains of the ancient Roman and Byzantine port city of Patara – the 4th century BC birthplace of St Nicholas, canonised for his charitable good works and thereafter known in modern times as Santa Claus (or Father Christmas).

The sand-swept ruins include a Roman theatre, a triple-arched triumphal gate, a basilica and Lycian tombs. Come for a day or stay longer at the pleasant Hotel Lumiere in Patara town.

Patara Beach is just 15km east of Kalkan – a 20-minute drive by dolmus, and around 80km from Oludeniz and Fethiye.

Kaputas Beach, Patara

Kaputas Beach

Unwind on this small crescent of sand and shingle that sits at the end of a dramatic gorge facing a deep, turquoise cove framed by soaring cliffs.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire. Beach vendors sell cold drinks and snacks. Go swimming in the warm crystalline water and explore the phosphorescent caves nearby.

This attractive beach is accessed by descending 400 steps from the nearby highway – a 10-minute dolmus ride from the port of Kalkan, where you can find a choice of bars and restaurants.

Kaputas Beach is 83km south of Fethiye and 9km west of Patara.

Latest update: Top beaches in Oludeniz and Fethiye: 6 December, 2019

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