Antalya is the pearl of the Mediterranean on the Turkish Riviera. It's visited by tourists from all over the world and is famous for its wealth of picturesque beaches.
With 657 km of coastline, fine sand, and the clearest waters imaginable, Antalya is the perfect destination for a beach holiday.
Even the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, is said to have fallen in love with the crystal clear waters in Antalya.
From beaches with ancient cities and historic ruins, to unspoiled natural beaches with bright turquoise waters, to trendy hotspots with ultra-luxurious resorts, here are the 25 best beaches in Antalya.
1. Cleopatra and Damlataş Beach
Cleopatra Beach near the Alanya Castle tops the list of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya. It's located on the west of the peninsula and consists of a sandy and pebble beach. It's characterized by a relatively steep beach slope. You can rent sun beds on site or alternatively bring your own towel. High waves can be expected here, especially at Damlataş Beach.
Damlataş Beach is the eastern part of Cleopatra Beach. This section of beach below Castle Hill has attractions such as Damlataş Cave, the Antalya Archaeological Museum, and a cable car that leads to the top of Castle Hill.
There are many 3- to 4-star hotels nearby that are only separated from the beach by a promenade. All-inclusive hotels are less common here.
It's possible to discover the famous nightlife at the marina on foot from Cleopatra Beach. Tandem paragliding flights that land on the western part of Cleopatra Beach are extremely popular.
2. Lara Beach
Lara Beach is especially popular for families with children. As the closest beach to the Antalya Airport, Lara Beach is the ideal place for a short beach break. The eastern part of this beach offers many high-class hotels directly on the beach. The western beach section is public.
Compared to Konyaaltı Beach, west of Antalya, the water here is a bit warmer and calmer.
Sandland Antalya is a fascinating sand sculpture museum nearby and it's a very popular attraction.
3. Kaputaş Beach
Kaputaş Beach is considered to be the most instagrammable beach in Antalya. The breathtaking scenery provides a stunning backdrop for photos.
This picturesque paradise between Kaş and Kalkan will enchant you with its bright turquoise waters, golden sandy beach, and steep cliffs. The water here is cooler than at other beaches in Antalya. The former pirate cave, Blue Grotto, is a popular destination.
Suluada, in the westernmost part of the Gulf of Antalya, is widely regarded as the Maldives of Antalya. It’s easy to see why. Suluada is home to beautiful bays, white sand, turquoise waters, and volcanic rocks. Additionally, the water on Suluada is believed to have a healing effect. There are two sandy beaches and a lot of caves on the uninhabited island.
This pristine beach haven in front of Adrasan can only be reached by boat. To do so, take a boat tour that departs from Adrasan.
5. Kral Koyu (Delik Deniz)
This insider tip is not far from the ancient city of Antioch Ad Cragum in Antalya’s Gazipaşa district. It's a very quiet bay with spectacular natural beauty. The bay is protected from the sea by a natural rock arch with a hole in the middle, so it offers aquamarine waters and unique views. The hidden paradise owes its name ("King Bay") to the fact that King Antiochus allegedly used to bathe here.
Kral Koyu is a popular place with the locals, that’s why you can always expect some visitors. A quick trip to the ruins of Antiochia Ad Cragum is also recommended.
Phaselis is known for its historic heritage and the ancient city of Phaselis, yet its beaches and crystal clear waters are equally worth seeing. Within the three former bays of the ancient city, there are of three quiet beaches, composed of sand and pebbles.
Swimming through the ruins of an ancient Roman city is a truly unique experience. There are day trips on boats that take sun worshipers from Kemer to Phaselis for swimming.
7. Olympos Beach
Located in the middle of Olympos Beydağları National Park, this natural pebble beach is like an idyllic oasis. Olympos Beach, which is frequented by Caretta Caretta turtles for nesting, is a well-known ecotourism area in Cıralı.
Because of this, you won't find a building taller than a palm tree here. Small family-run guesthouses and tree houses are the most common accommodations. When it comes to dining, there are a number of authentic restaurants on the beach.
8. Side, Kumköy, Çolaklı, and Evrenseki
This 1 kilometer-long sandy beach stretches continuously from the Side peninsula with its ancient ruins to Çolaklı in the west. It's considered to be the most popular region for all-inclusive package holidays with the family in the summer.
You will also find countless family hotels in the area. There is a good mix of high class 5-star resorts overlooking the sea and small family-friendly 3-star hotels.
The sea is calm, which makes it perfect for swimming with children. Check out article about activities in Antalya that you can do with your children.
9. Belek Beach Resorts
Our list of the most beautiful beaches in Antalya would not be complete without the fantastic resort hotel beaches in Belek. The 5-star hotel complexes directly on the coast of Belek are high-class hotels, usually with all-inclusive service.
In addition to the sandy and pebble beaches, a variety of sports activities and recreational opportunities can be found here. One of the most popular recreational activities in the area is golfing, so you can find many professional golf courses and golf clubs.
In our opinion, İncekum, about 30 km from Alanya's city center, is the best family beach in Antalya. As the name suggests, İncekum ("fine sand") is characterized by its gorgeous, fine sand. As the finest sandy beach in Antalya, it lives up to its name.
Since the sea is very shallow here, it's ideal for children. The surrounding family hotels offer additional amenities for family vacations. Most of the hotels here are 4-and 5-star hotels.
11. Side, Sorgun, and Titreyengöl
This sandy beach east of the peninsula from Side toward the mouth of the Manavgat River in Titreyengöl is characterized by its calm sea and many 4- and 5-star resorts.
The beach section directly adjoining Side is open to the public. This is where you will find a number of beach clubs that contribute to the entertainment during the day, and really light up the night. Read more about things to do in Side.
12. Patara Beach
With its desert-like appearance, Patara Beach, between Kaş and Fethiye is definitely one of the most extraordinary beaches in Antalya. The 20 km long sandy beach is 300 meters wide in some parts, making it possible to walk only 500 meters, if you want to enjoy seclusion.
The gigantic Patara Beach is famous for its honey-yellow sand dunes, gorgeous sunsets, and the Caretta Caretta turtles that lay their eggs on the beach. For this reason, many parts are closed during the summer.
Since the beach is characterized by a steep beach slope and there are often very high waves, caution is advised with children. There are mainly small pensions and guesthouses near Patara Beach.
13. Konyaaltı Beach
Konyaaltı Beach is located to the west of Antalya's old town. A coastal road separates the 1 kilometer-long sand and pebble beach from the hotels on the other side. So, there are all the more attractions on the spacious beach, which are primarily for entertainment. Its most popular and lively section is Beach Park.
Other attractions include Aktur Park, the Antalya Aquarium, the Tünektepe Cable Car, and Aqua Land Water Park. Thanks to a number of beach clubs directly on Konyaaltı Beach, it is also considered to be a hotspot for nightlife in Antalya.
Konyaaltı Beach is not a recommendation for travelers who prefer all-inclusive vacations.
14. Mermerli Beach
Mermerli Beach is located right next to Antalya's marina in the old town of Kaleiçi. The small sandy beach has plenty of sun beds next to each other, which can get quite crowded at times due to the proximity to the city. The clear water and the view of the cliff on the opposite side are particularly beautiful.
Mermerli Beach is not far from the boutique hotels in Antalya's old town, Kaleiçi, which is why the beach is very interesting especially for visitors who live here or in the surrounding area.
15. Moonlight Beach
Located in the center of Kemer, this small sand and pebble beach will enchant you with its crystal clear turquoise waters. Moonlight Beach is located within Moonlight Park in one of the most beautiful bays in Kemer. There are quite a few beach bars and restaurants on site. Another nearby attraction is Yörük Nomad Park, which borders the beach.
Moonlight Beach is within easy walking distance from many hotels in the center of Kemer. Read about things to do in Kemer.
16. Adrasan Beach
Adrasan Beach is a small and alternative seaside resort in a nature reserve. It's situated near Kumluca, approximately 50 km from Kemer. This peaceful and quiet beach stretches for about 2 kilometers and is a good place to relax and swim. Nearby accommodation options include small pensions and tree houses.
17. Kemer Hotels
This beautiful area houses a pebble beach that stretches from the marina at Yürük Nomad Park to Göynük. If you are looking for good beach resorts directly on the beach, you will find them here. Most of these beach resorts are highly rated, 5-star hotel complexes.
18. Göynük and Beldibi
These two charming seaside resorts in Antalya’s Kemer district will captivate you with their idyllic surroundings. Nestled between mountains, palm trees, and the sea, a visit to the small sandy beaches of Göynük and Beldibi offers breathtaking views and pure relaxation.
Many resorts are located directly on the beach, including a number of 5-star hotels.
This trendy coastal town about 25 km from the center of Alanya is a popular all-inclusive seaside resort. It's famed for its fantastic beach with fine, golden sand and it's located in a quiet bay. Since it slopes gently to a depth that is just right for swimming, the beach is especially popular with families with children.
There are many hotels located directly on the beach, including many 4- and 5-star hotels. Read about the best things to do in Avsallar.
Konaklı is a coastal town in Antalya’s Alanya district that is considered to be a popular alternative to the neighboring city center of Alanya.
It offers a number of 4- and 5-star beach resorts on its pebble beach. The clear sea is wonderful for swimming and relaxing, while enjoying grand views of the nearby Taurus Mountains. Attractions include the ancient Sarapsa Han caravanserai and the ruins of the Roman city of Augae.
This small village in Antalya’s Alanya district has one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Located 30 km from Alanya's center, the recreational area hosts a protected bay and Dolphin Island. Local accommodations are mainly 4- and 5-star hotels, most of which offer all-inclusive services.
If you are looking for a beautiful seaside resort with highly rated 4- and 5-star hotels, then Kızılağaç is the place for you. This village in Antalya’s Manavgat district has almost only all 4- and 5-star hotels, a beautiful sandy beach, and a calm sea. The beach in Kızılağaç is especially popular with the locals. Read about the Manavgat Bazaar, the most popular bazaar in the region.
23. Kiriş and Çamyuva
These two popular seaside resorts south of the city of Kemer have an excellent location. They can be reached quickly and easily from the Antalya airport. Next to beautiful orange and olive groves, the area has a calm sea and excellent 5-star as well as family hotels. One of the most famous hotels in Antalya is Maxx Royal Kemer Resort, which will impress you with its own bay and a white sandy beach. Find out other things to do in Kemer.
The town of Tekirova in the Kemer district is located about 10 km from the center of Kemer. The area has been developed mainly by 4- and 5-star hotels, including quite a few family hotels and resorts. The beach consists of coarse-grained sand and pebbles. The sea is quite calm here.
This charming, 20 meter beach is one of the most impressive beaches in Kaş. The small pebble beach is hidden in a bay, only 3 km from the center of Kaş. Since the sea is shallow and calm, Akçagerme Beach is a very popular place for families with small children.
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