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5 secret beaches in Türkiye to escape crowds

Panoramic view of Oludeniz Beach And Blue Lagoon, Fethiye, Türkiye. (Adobe Stock)
By Selin Hacialioglu
June 10, 2024

Türkiye has some of the most picturesque and serene beaches in the world. While many tourists flock to popular spots like Bodrum, Antalya, Mugla and Izmir lesser-known beaches offer a tranquil escape from the crowds.

This guide covers some of Türkiye’s secret beaches that promise breathtaking views and serene atmospheres, perfect for those seeking a unique beach experience.

1. Hidden Cove

Tourist girl sitting at Gizli Koy (Hidden Cove) in the Kemer district of Antalya, Türkiye. (Adobe Stock Photo)

Where it is: Kemer district of Antalya, near Beldibi

About the beach: Gizli Koy, also known as Rus Koyu (Russians’ Cove), is a hidden gem surrounded by nature’s beauty. This secluded beach attracts Russian tourists during the summer, earning its nickname.

The beach features pristine waters and high-quality sands, making it perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Despite its small size, Gizli Koy offers an exclusive and peaceful environment. The surrounding cliffs and lush greenery create a stunning backdrop, ideal for photography and relaxation.

There are no commercial facilities, so bring your own supplies. The beach’s isolation means it’s generally quiet, providing a peaceful retreat even in peak tourist season.

How to get there: Reaching Gizli Koy requires effort due to the rugged terrain. Park near the Camdag Tunnel in Beldibi and proceed on foot. The path to the beach is steep and uneven, so sturdy shoes and a good level of fitness are essential for navigating this route safely.

2. Hacettepe Cove

Hacettepe Koyu (Hacettepe Cove) in Cesme, Izmir, Türkiye. (Adobe Photo Stock)

Where it is: Near Ayayorgi Koyu in Dalyankoy, Cesme

About the beach: Hacettepe Koyu offers a peaceful retreat just beyond the bustling Ayayorgi Koyu. The beach features sandy shores and crystal-clear, shallow waters, ideal for families and those who prefer calm seas.

The warm water temperature makes it perfect for swimming. Sera Beach provides amenities like restrooms, food services, and sun loungers, ensuring a comfortable day by the sea.

Despite its proximity to the popular Ayayorgi, Hacettepe Koyu remains relatively quiet and is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing in a tranquil environment. The natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it a hidden treasure in Cesme.

How to get there: Hacettepe Koyu is easily accessible from Cesme. Head toward Dalyankoy and follow the signs to Ayayorgi Koyu. Hacettepe Koyu is just a short distance beyond Ayayorgi, making it easy to reach by car or local transportation.

3. Jackal Cove

Cakal Koyu (Jackl Cove) in Seferihisar, Izmir, Türkiye, Oct. 24, 2022. (Gezgin Muhabir Turker Yesil YouTube)

Where it is: Near Seferihisar, Izmir, close to Azmak Koyu

About the beach: Cakal Koyu remains largely undiscovered by the masses, offering an untouched natural environment perfect for camping and day trips. The beach features cool, clear waters and a serene atmosphere, surrounded by lush vegetation.

Several shaded spots under trees provide ideal locations for setting up tents or hammocks. With no commercial facilities, visitors must bring their own food, water, and other necessities.

This adds to the beach’s charm, making it a pristine and tranquil spot for swimming, sunbathing, reading, and enjoying the sounds of nature. The beach’s isolation and unspoiled beauty make it a favorite among nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

How to get there: To reach Cakal Koyu, head toward Seferihisar and take the road through Ulamis Koy. Continue past Duzce Koy and follow the dirt road toward Azmak Koyu. After passing Azmak Koyu, you will reach Cakal Koyu. The final stretch involves navigating a rugged dirt road that may require a 4×4 vehicle. The beach is about 0,12 miles (200 meters) from where you can park your vehicle.

4. Kaputas Beach

Aerial view of Kaputas Cove, located between Kas and Kalkan, Antalya, Türkiye. (Adobe Stock Photo)

Where it is: Between Kas and Kalkan, Antalya

About the beach: Kaputas Plaji stands out as one of Türkiye’s most stunning beaches. Nestled between steep cliffs, this small beach offers a breathtaking view. Visitors descend 187 steps to reach the beach, a journey well worth the effort.

Kaputas features a blend of golden sands and small pebbles, with incredibly clear and refreshing waters due to the mix of mountain spring water and seawater. This unique combination keeps the water cool even on the hottest days.

Kaputas is popular for swimming and sunbathing, and the surrounding cliffs provide a peaceful environment. The beach’s beauty attracts photographers and nature lovers. Despite its popularity, the beach remains clean and well-maintained, thanks to local efforts.

How to get there: The beach is 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Kas and 4,3 miles from Kalkan. Drive or take a dolmus (shared minibus) from Kas or Kalkan. Parking can be difficult during peak season, so arrive early. Alternatively, boat tours from Kas and Kalkan often include stops at Kaputas, providing a scenic and stress-free way to visit.

5. Cleopatra Beach

The 2-kilometer-long Kleopatra Plaji (Cleopatra Beach) in Alanya, Antalya, Türkiye. (Adobe Stock Photo)

Where it is: Alanya, Antalya.

About the beach: Kleopatra Plaji, named after the famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, is one of Alanya’s most iconic beaches. This beach features fine golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

According to legend, Cleopatra herself swam in these waters, adding historical allure to your visit. The beach spans approximately 1.24 miles, offering plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun. The shallow waters near the shore make it safe for children and non-swimmers.

Kleopatra Plaji is famous for its underwater visibility, allowing snorkelers to see rich marine life and natural underwater landscapes. The beach is well-equipped with amenities like sun loungers, umbrellas, and beachside cafes, ensuring a comfortable day by the sea.

How to get there: Kleopatra Plaji is at the western end of Alanya’s Damlatas Plaji, easily accessible from the city center. Public buses and taxis frequently run to the beach, making it convenient for tourists.

Bonus: Cleopatra’s Bath Cove

Aerial drone photo of swimmers enjoying the beautiful Kleopatra Hamami Koyu (Cleopatra’s Bath Cove), located between Gocek and Dalaman, Türkiye, known for its crystal-clear waters and ancient ruins. (Adobe Stock Photo)

Where it is: Gocek, Mugla.

About the beach: Kleopatra Hamami Koyu, also known as Batik Hamam Koyu, combines history and natural beauty. The bay features ruins of an ancient Roman bathhouse submerged in crystal-clear waters, offering a unique snorkeling experience.

Surrounded by pine and olive trees, the setting is stunning. Visitors can swim around the ancient ruins, hike through nearby trails, or simply enjoy the tranquil environment. The bay is accessible only by boat, which adds to its secluded charm.

Despite its popularity, the bay retains a peaceful atmosphere, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. Its historical significance and picturesque environment make it a popular stop on boat tours.

How to get there: Access Kleopatra Hamami Koyu by sea. Boat tours to the bay are available from Gocek and Fethiye, offering a scenic and enjoyable journey. These tours often include stops at other beautiful bays and islands in the area.

Visit hidden gems of Türkiye

These hidden beaches in Türkiye provide a perfect escape for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. Each offers a unique experience, from historical ruins to crystal-clear waters, making them ideal for a serene getaway.

Pack your essentials, embrace the adventure, and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of these secret havens. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a peaceful beach to relax, Türkiye’s hidden beaches await your discovery.

By Selin Hacialioglu Last Updated:  Jun 11, 2024 1:59 PM