Turkey is ranked 3rd place of the blue-flag beaches list of the world with more than 450 beaches in 2021. Blue-flag beaches are basically accepted as an official reference in terms of cleanliness and reliability. These beaches or coves are completely nature and environment friendly. These beaches also have a great role in protecting the ecological balance and creating suitable conditions for swimming. From Van to Zonguldak, except Aegean and Mediterranean cities, Turkey hosts a lot of important blue-flag beaches in different geographical regions. Let’s have a look at them.
1- Kaputaş Beach
Kaputaş Beach, which is on the list of the most popular beaches by the world’s important publications, is a place that has not lost its naturalness. There is no accommodation at this beach in an area between Kaş and Kalkan in Antalya. Since it is a public beach, you can rent umbrellas and sun loungers at an affordable price at Kaputaş Beach, which is free of charge. There are also areas to meet your needs such as shower and toilet. We can say Kaputaş Beach is a natural wonder where you can see sunset.
2- Bodrum Ortakent Beach
Perhaps the most famous and blue flag beaches of Bodrum are in Ortakent. Ortakent public beach is 250 meters long. Since 1994, it has always deserved the title of blue flag beach in certain years. Here there is sand, pebble, and rocky.. There is a wooden pier and a concrete platform. In this famous beach of Bodrum, you can enjoy the sea with your family, accompanied by deep blue water.
3- The Valley’s of the Butterflies Beach
Butterfly Valley is located in Fethiye district of Muğla. The region, which deserves to be on the list of blue flag beaches, always manages to get full marks from local and foreign visitors. The fact that more than 350 butterfly species live here has made it known as the Valley of the Butterflies. Reminiscent of dreams, Butterfly Valley fascinates those who see it. You can reach here by road or by boat.
4- Çeşme Ilıca Beach
Çeşme; although it generally stands out with Alaçatı, Ilıca essentially preserves its place among the oldest and most popular beaches of this place. There is approximately 90 km distance between Ilıca Beach and İzmir, which is located very close to the center of Çeşme. Ilıca Beach is reminiscent of the Maldives with its appearance. At the same time, the region, where many world famous hotels are located, offers a rich alternative to eating and drinking places.
5- Çıralı Beach
Çıralı is one of the most important beaches of Antalya with its unique nature and atmosphere.Çıralı Beach is located between Olympos beach and Yanartaş. At the same time, this place is a breeding point for caretta carettas, who are in danger of extinction. You will have to pay a symbolic fee to enter the beach in Kemer district. It has managed to be the center of attention not only with its beach, but also with its surrounding attractions. There is a distance of approximately 80 km between the beach and Antalya city center.
6- Phaselis Beach
Being one of the most popular beaches of the Mediterranean Region, Phaselis is only 15 minutes away from Kemer. The beach, which is very close to Tahtalı Dam in terms of location, is also neighbor with the ancient city of the same name. The sea is generally smooth. Phaselis, which has a calm atmosphere, is paid for entrance. There are three different harbors in total in the area where the ancient beach is located. Today, this beach is among the best preserved blue flag beaches of the Mediterranean.
7- Gümüşlük Beach
You will find Gümüşlük Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches of Bodrum. Despite this, you will not encounter crowds that will overwhelm you here. The most important reason for this is that it receives wind and is generally rolling. Gümüşlük beach, which has a peaceful atmosphere, is located 23 km away from the center of Bodrum. Gümüşlük, which is famous for its fish restaurants as well as the sea, is about 120 meters in length. Attracting attention with the view of Rabbit Island, the beach is extremely well-kept. You can use the shower and changing cabins free of charge.
8- Bitez Beach
Bitez, which is the subject of songs, is located within the borders of Muğla. As it is a public beach, entrance is free. Bitez Beach, which deserves to be crowned with a blue flag, is located 8 km away from Bodrum. It is also very close to the city center. Water sports activities are also organized on this beach, it is visited by thousands of visitors every year.
9- Genoese Castle Beach
Among the Black Sea coasts, Akçakoca is the only tourism center that can receive a blue-flag reward. The Genoese Castle Beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag many times, the first of which was in 1997, in the region where the historical Genoese Castle is located. This private beach is one of the rare centers in the city where it offers a combination of history and nature. It has two separate beaches in the east-west direction divided by the historical Genoese Castle. One of these beaches, called Yalıyarlar, is known as Seal Rocks because of the caves located along the coast. Genoese Castle is the most preferred picnic and recreation area in Akçakoca, besides its insatiable beaches and historical texture.
10- Mollakasım Public Beach
We have devoted the last article to a very interesting piece of information. Located in eastern Turkey and landlocked Van city, hosts an important blue-flag beach named as Mollakasım Public Beach. The beach is 35 km away from the city center and there are access to the beach. Mollakasım Public Beach, the first blue flag beach in the region, has become the center of attention of tourists and locals. The beach makes Turkey unique in the world where a landlocked city has a blue-flag beach.