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One of Turkey’s most important summer resort towns, Antalya has plenty of beaches that range from tourist favourites to more local beaches with historic ruins and a relaxed vibe. Whatever you’re looking for, Antalya’s best beaches definitely offer something for every traveller.
Also known as Olympos, due to the remains that stem from the ancient Lycian town, Çıralı is certainly one of Antalya’s most beautiful beaches with a historic twist. The pebbled beach is usually filled with locals that stay at one of the many family-run hostels and guesthouses in the area. You’ll love Çıralı because of its natural beauty and its down-to-earth vibe without the big resorts for which Antalya is known for.
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. Here, you’ll find plenty of space since the beach stretches out for miles, which means you’ll always have your own patch of sand to lie on in the sun. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafes in the surrounding villages that are mostly frequented by locals just like in Çıralı.
Also known as the Turquoise Coast, you’ll need to rent a car to really discover all the amazing spots along this stretch, located north of Olympos. The ruins of Phaselis, an ancient Greek and Roman city, are divided into three small bays, where you can swim in its extremely clear water.
If you’re fan of beautiful fine sand, then Lara Beach is the perfect place for a whole day of beach bum contentment. With around 450 acres of land, this beach also has its fair share of beach clubs, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, which means this beach is not the place for solitude but for entertainment by the water’s edge. Here, you can also get active with activities like beach volleyball and water sports.
Even though Patara is a few hours away from Antalya’s city centre by car, it is definitely worth a mention since it’s one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. We’re talking about 18 km of white sand where the dark blue waves come crashing in endlessly. This beach also has a protected area for caretta-caretta turtles, who come here to lay their eggs.