In the Dalaman region you're never too far from a long expanse of sand. Known as the Turquoise Coast because of its clear water, this holiday hotspot lives up to all the hype with coves, bays and glorious soft sand. Most of the beaches here are well equipped to keep you entertained, full and hydrated over the course of your stay. If you're wondering which plot of sand you should head to first, here's a list of some of the best beaches in the Dalaman region.
Surrounded by beautiful hills and forests sits the five-mile-long Iztuzu Beach. This scenic coast is incredibly clean and well looked after. You can reach this lovely tanning spot by hopping aboard the Dolmas bus, or by taking a water taxi from Dalyan.
The water is warm and clear, and ideal for children as well as anyone who wants to do a bit of snorkelling. One stop you have to make while visiting this coast is the Iztuzu beach turtle hospital. This charity looks after sea turtle hatchlings that have injuries and who aren't able to make it on their own in the water. Specially-trained vets nurse them back to health, with the intention of sending them back into ocean once they have fully recovered.
Olu Deniz beach is famous for its beautiful blue lagoon. This stunning bay is now protected and part of a national park. Its breathtaking water attracts visitors from all over the Dalaman region, travelling from afar to take a dip in the uniquely coloured sea, a must for any beach lover. The coast is surrounded by low mountains and pine forests, making this area incredibly scenic. Make sure you bring your camera on your Turkey holiday for some fantastic photo opportunities.
This bay is also packed full of facilities including bars, restaurants and shops, meaning you won't have to travel far to get a bite to eat. For sporting enthusiasts there are watersports to enjoy, including pedalos for hire and paragliding equipment. If you're an animal lover it's more than likely you'll spot some colourful fish on your Dalaman holiday, just go for a paddle.
A huge 12 kilometres long, Sarigerme Beach is one of the longest in the Dalaman region. For its length, the beach is surprisingly quiet and doesn't have nearly as many visitors as neighbouring stretches. There are no bars or restaurants at Sarigerme Beach but you'll find sunbeds and parasols for hire as well as showers to clean off in.
The beach is made up of shingle and sand, and the wooden paths jutting out towards the sea means you can avoid the sand when it becomes too hot to walk on. The water here can be very choppy, but with that choppy water brings excellent watersport opportunities. Sarigerme has some great facilities available for those who want to hit the water including paragliding, jet-skiing, bodyboarding and even speed boat rentals.
This isolated cove is a mere 20-minute drive from Dalaman airport. Known as a hangout spot and favourite among the locals, this is a sand spot worth sampling. The car park right next to this stretch of coast comes with easy access if you're renting a car or taking a taxi. While the Cliffside coastal paths around the cove offer spectacular views over the sea.
There's a small cafe on the beach selling ice-cream and drinks, but it's best to bring your own picnic if you want something a little more substantial. You'll see many of the locals brining their own lunches and even barbeques.
The calm waters in Sarsala Koyu make for excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities, and there's always a lifeguard on duty if you have little ones who want to make a splash in the shallows.