The Best Beaches to Visit in Antalya, Turkey

Patara Beach has around 18km (11mi) of sands to discover
Patara Beach has around 18km (11mi) of sands to discover | © Ali Kabas / Alamy
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Antalya, one of the most important summer resort towns in Turkey, has plenty of beaches that range from tourist favourites to more local stretches with historic ruins and a relaxed vibe. Whatever you’re looking for, the best beaches in Antalya offer something for every traveller.

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1. Çıralı

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Aerial view of Cirali Beach from ancient Olympos ruins, Antalya Turkey.
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Also known as Olympos, due to the remains that stem from the ancient Lycian town, Çıralı is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya with a historic twist. The beach is usually filled with locals staying in one of the many family-run hostels and guesthouses in the area. You’ll love Çıralı because of the natural beauty and down-to-earth vibe without the big resorts for which Antalya is known.

2. Konyaaltı

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Aerial view of the famous longest Konyaalti beach in Antalya. Vacation and tour on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey
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One of the most popular beaches in Antalya, Konyaaltı is tucked between the cliffs and the Beydağları mountains, which means it’s absolutely stunning, of course. The beach stretches for miles, which means you’ll always have plenty of sand in the sun. There are also several restaurants and cafes in the surrounding villages that are mostly frequented by locals.

3. Phaselis

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Phaselis, Lycia, Kemer, Turkey
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You’ll need to rent a car to discover all the amazing spots along this stretch north of Olympos, which is also known as the Turquoise Coast. The ruins of Phaselis, an ancient Greek and Roman city, are split between three small, swimmable bays.

4. Lara Beach

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Beach outside the Royal Wings Hotel, Lara Beach, near Antalya, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey. Image shot 05/2009. Exact date unknown.
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If you’re a fan of beautiful fine sand, then Lara Beach is the perfect place for you. With around 180ha (450 acres) of land, it has plenty of beach clubs, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, which means it’s the place for entertainment by the water’s edge. Here, you can also get active with beach volleyball and watersports.

5. Patara Beach

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Patara beach, near Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Turkey, Asia
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Even though Patara is a few hours from Antalya’s city centre by car, it is definitely worth a mention since it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. We’re talking 18km (11mi) of white sand where the dark blue waves come crashing in endlessly. This beach also has a protected area for loggerhead sea turtles, who come here to lay their eggs.

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