Fethiye Beaches – A Guide To Bays And Coves Around Fethiye & Beyond

Welcome to our guide to Fethiye beaches. And to lots of other beaches and bays within easy reach of Fethiye. For many people who choose to spend their summer breaks in Turkey, beach holidays are perhaps what first spring to mind.

Fethiye Beaches For All Seasons

The beaches around Fethiye – and in other areas, too – are not just sunbathing areas for us, though. We’re also suckers for the wild, lonely or dramatic stormy scenery of a beach in winter. These types of scenes, we often capture when we’re wandering or hiking around Fethiye in the cooler months.

Anyway, however you like to soak up your beach life – sunshine, rain or storms – we thought we’d do this guide to Fethiye beaches. Bays and coves where you can kick back and relax. Some are well known, some not so well known. Some are easily accessible. Some you might need to get your hiking boots on or get yourself on a boat. Sand, pebble or rocky coves; Fethiye beaches are a real mix.

We’ve even compiled this interactive map so you can find out where the Fethiye beaches and bays are. You can click the top left icon to slide the beach name tags in and out. If we’ve written an article about the beach, the link should be there for you to click. It’s fully interactive so you can zoom in and out and you can also click the top right icon to view the larger map.

Let’s get started. As with our eating and drinking around Fethiye guide, you can click on the links below to read our articles on the beaches we’ve written about so far.

Around Fethiye Peninsula – Yarımada

Ahh, so much has changed around this peninsula in recent years. We walk around Yarımada in the cooler months and, in summer, there used to be quiet, relatively secluded, forest bays. Now it’s all about ‘beaches.’ Snack bars, restaurants, weekend music, weddings, imported sand.

Don’t worry, though. These are still some of our favourite Fethiye beaches and they remain in our must sees and dos for this area. Perfect scenery, calm waters and you can still chill out, enjoying the beating noise of the cicadas in the pine trees on a quieter day.

Aksazlar Bay – Leb-i Derya

We’ll be updating our old blog post about Aksazlar, soon. Under new management and now called Leb-i Derya, this place has had a real facelift. Beds, umbrellas, imported white sand, restaurant, facilities for wheelchair users. The lot.

Club & Hotel Letoonia

Okay, it’s an all-inclusive hotel but, if you’re staying at Letoonia, you have a few private beach areas to enjoy. Some seasons you can pay to go in for the day, too, and enjoy a day of all-inclusive here.




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Kuçuk Samanlık Bay

Fethiye Beaches - Küçük Samanlık Koyu

Küçük Samanlık viewed from the sea

More sunbathing spots than there used to be but Küçük Samanlık is hanging on in there as one of the originals in keeping with that rustic feel.

Büyük Samanlık Bay

The big sister of Küçük Samanlık and just next door. Another bay that has had a tidy up in recent times.

Kuleli Beach Club

Cabanas At Fethiye Kuleli Koyu

Cabanas around the lake at Kuleli Beach Club

Kuleli Beach Club has a lake, barbecues, cabanas, beds, umbrellas, butcher (for your barbecue meat), restaurant, stage area. This is a real beach club with crystal clear water. Expect a DJ at weekends in high season. Very popular with Turkish tourists and locals.

Büyük Boncuklu

Beautifully shaped bay and once, sadly, piled with litter. Now taken over by the guys at next door’s Help Beach and tidied up as a public beach so that people can still take their own picnics, etc. Snack bar facilities as well as beds and umbrellas.

Help Beach & Yacht Club (Küçük Boncuklu)

View Of Help Beach

Help Beach & Yacht Club

Ahh, beautiful Help Beach with its free shuttle boat service from Fethiye harbour. There’s that imported sand again. This place is not cheap but they have created something special here. A perfect place to go for a treat and a great addition to the Fethiye beaches scene. Köşks amongst the forest trees as well as beds and umbrellas. No entry fee or parking fee.

Fethiye’s ‘Blue Bays’

Many of the Fethiye bays are only reachable boat. The Blue Bays are those which follow the coastline from Help Beach. You can do a Blue Bays daily boat trip to take in some of these. If you have your own boat transport, Turunç Pinarı has a beach and restaurant.

Şovalye Island

Home to just a handful of homes and holiday accommodation, why not sample island life for a day?

Ada Restaurant & Beach Club

Ada Restaurant And Beach Club, Şovalye Island

Ada Restaurant & Beach Club on Şovalye Island

Arrange to be picked up by boat to get to the restaurant and beach club.

Along Çalış Beach 

If it’s cooling breezes you’re looking for in the summer heat, the beaches of Çalış are your place. Great, stormy scenes in winter, too.

Şat Beach Club

Right at the beginning of the Çalış Beach stretch. There’s a restaurant here, too.

Çalış Beach (Public Beach)

Çalış Beach Sunbeds

A reminder that Çalış Beach is a Caretta Caretta nesting area

Çalış Beach is one of the public Fethiye beaches. This means you don’t need to pay any entry fee. Beds and umbrellas are available for a small fee and, despite the fact some people don’t use them, they should be used in high season. Some Fethiye beaches are nesting areas for sea turtles and Çalış Beach is one of the main places they use to lay their eggs. It’s important these eggs are not damaged by people lying on the sand or jabbing umbrellas into it.

Plenty of bars and restaurants along Çalış Beach to keep you fed and watered. Shops, too, for buying your own provisions. Some bars, like Calisto, also sell ‘beach picnics.’ Don’t leave until you’ve witnessed the famous Çalış Beach sunset.

Aroma Beach Club

Still along Çalış Beach, Aroma Beach is one of the more popular Fethiye beaches. Free beds and umbrellas after a minimal spend of 10 TL per person.

Aroma Beach Club, Çalış

Aroma Beach Club

There’s a restaurant and bar and sometimes they also hold events and evening entertainment.

Vanilla Beach

Sunbathe or do something slightly more strenuous – or should that say ‘relaxing’ – like trying out a yoga session at Vanilla Beach.

Güven’s Bar & Restaurant

Güven's Restaurant And Bar Along Calis Beach

Entrance to the beach and outdoor dining area at Güven’s

One of the stalwarts of the Çalış set of Fethiye beaches. Carole and Güven serve drinks and food – including the favourite puffy lavaş bread and great pide – to sunbathing and dining customers. Kids club here, too, that holidaying kids are welcome to join in.

Agıp Meyhane

We’ve not been here so won’t pretend to know any details. Meyhanes usually involve live fasil music in the evenings.

Onur Beach

Family run and popular amongst some of our friends. Everyone has their own favourites along this little stretch.

Last Stop

So named because this used to be the last stop for the Çalış dolmuş.

Ceviz Beach

Currently being run by a young couple we know. Chilled out bar, snack bar and, as with the other beaches, free beds and umbrellas. Can recommend the homemade köfte and also the very reasonably priced menemen.

Ceviz Beach, Çalış

Ceviz Beach entrance

Lotus Beach

Blogpost coming soon…

My Beach

Blogpost coming soon…

Along Koca Çalış Beach

Once a lonely stretch of pebbled coastline, this is now an establised part of the Fethiye beach scene as more villas and hotels are built in the area.

Koca Çalış Beach (Public Beach & Private Areas)

The public areas of Koca Çalış beach are one of the few places left in the Fethiye area where picnicking familes can just come along and set themselves up for the day. Some areas have now been sectioned off as private for use of villa and hotel guests but, for now, there is still a lot of open space. All of these Koca Çalış beach areas in Fethiye are great for watching the kitesurfers and windsurfers whizzing by.

Kitesurfers At Zentara Beach

Koca Çalış is home to kitesurfers

Çalış Spor Cafe

Snacks and drinks as well as sunbathing.

Surf Cafe

Again, one of the old stalwarts and a great set up. You can come here for kitesurfing lessons and other watersport activities. Bar and restaurant as well as sunbathing.

Petonya

Blogpost coming soon…

Bakraç Beach Club

Popular spot for weddings and other events as well as daily beach life.

Zentara Beach & Kitchen

Zentara Beach And Kitchen

Zentara Beach, dressed in pink

We love to come down here. Lovely food as well as sunbeds and umbrellas. Famous for their Turkish breakfast.

Suat 1881 Koca Çalış Beach

Blogpost coming soon…

Ada Beach Club

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Mekan

Under another name (Birlik), this used to be one of the only restaurants around this area. Still going strong as Mekan.

Surf Blue

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Beyond Koca Çalış Beach

Although there is increased development around here, these Fethiye beaches are still have more wild and remote feel to them. Don’t expect too many crowds.

Karataş Beach

A bay popular with barbecuing and picnicking families. Back in the day we used to go here for BBQs with Turkish friends almost every Sunday. There are no facilities at this particular Fethiye beach.

Akmaz Beach (Deniz Incisi Restaurant)

Not too far from the all-inclusive Barut Sensatori hotel, if you venture this far, you will have Akmaz Beach practically to yourself. Deniz Incisi restaurant serves up decent Turkish food and is usually open all year. There are beds and umbrellas in summer, too.

Karaot Beach

Karaot Beach Near Fethiye

Karaot Beach is both sand and pebble

Proposed site of Fethiye’s new boatyard with local campaigners trying to keep the area protected. Karaot is a wild beach that, again, you will only share with one or two other people and migrating birds. Snack bar on the beach. This is a beautiful stretch of Fethiye’s coastline with small eco friendly hotels such as Yonca Lodge sharing the space with all-inclusive set ups like Club Tuana.

Katrancı Koyu

The bay that looks so beautiful from the D400 road, heading towards the small town of Göcek. A bay where campers descend. Lots of camping facilities here as well as beach bar/restaurant and beds and umbrellas. Entrance and parking fee applicable.

Katrancı Koyu, Fethiye

Katrancı is beautiful viewed from above

Günlüklü

So named for its protected Günlük (Liquid Ambar) trees. This is a protected nature area so you’ll pay an entrance fee for you and your vehicle. Calm waters. The beach is run by the Bay Beach Club hotel and you can have food and drinks there.

Inlice Public Beach

Inlice Public Beach

Sunset over the calm waters of Inlice public beach

Still a Fethiye beach as Fethiye now stretches right along the coast and incorporates Göcek. Just before you hit Göcek, take a left at the signpost for Inlice public beach. Popular with locals in the summer months.

Ölüdeniz Beach & Beyond

Ölüdeniz is most definitely considered to be one of the beach holiday resorts in Turkey. Not difficult to see why once you witness the stunning scenery around here.

Around The Lagoon

Lots of beaches to choose from around here.

Kumburnu – The Ölüdeniz Lagoon

Okay, we’ll hold our hands up here. This is probably the most famous of the Fethiye beaches. The stretch of sand most people are talking about when they say they want to go to Ölüdeniz Beach. A long sandy nose that frames the lagoon and is the subject of so many tourism posters.

Ölüdeniz Lagoon From The Lycian Way

Kumburnu – the Ölüdeniz beach that creates the lagoon – viewed from the Lycian Way

Not being very beachy people (as you can probably tell from there being not too many links to articles), we went to Kumburnu (the main lagoon beach) in 1998 when we first came to Fethiye. We’ve never returned. You’ll pay an entrance fee as it’s a protected area and then for your beds and umbrellas, too. This is the beach we photograph from on high.

Private Beaches Around The Olüdeniz Lagoon

A stroll along the back road of the lagoon will reveal lots of private Ölüdeniz beaches and you still get to swim in the calm waters. Pay for beds and umbrellas at these beaches. There are beach bars, restaurants and entertainment – especially in the evening. These beaches are popular wedding venues, too, and some have accommodation ranging from camping to boutique hotel standard.

A peaceful Fethiye Ölüdeniz lagoon in springtime

There are numerous private beaches on the rear of the lagoon

Sun City Beach Club

Blogpost coming soon…

Billy’s Beach

Blogpost coming soon…

Golden Sands Beach Club

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S3 Sea Horse Beach

Snack bar, restaurant, caravans, boutique hotel, beds and umbrellas. Just about everything at S3 Sea Horse Beach Club. Sister restaurant, Denizatı is along the harbour in Fethiye. We’ve been here a couple of times but are yet to write about it.

Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach, Ölüdeniz

Laze a day away at Sugar Beach, Ölüdeniz

Very popular chill out beach and well established. Perhaps one of the most famous of the Fethiye beaches. We’ve only been here for a friend’s wedding but intend to return.

Along The Coast From The Lagoon

We’re heading into a world of mountains and lush greenery from the lagoon.

Belcekiz Beach

Real name, Belceğiz, this is the other Ölüdeniz Beach. Such a beautiful sight for taking photos, it’s the first beach you’ll see when you get off the dolmuş. Belcekiz Beach is a public beach so entrance is free. We struggle with the heat in summer so it’s not worth us paying the fee for beds and umbrellas. Belceğiz is our cooler months beachy paradise. A great place to be when it’s the Ölüdeniz Air Games in October or on a winter Sunday afternoon.

Sunset At The Ölüdeniz Air Games

Sunset and paragliding at Belcekiz Beach

Kıdrak Beach

Sweeping sand and huge waves to play in. This is a protected area, and, because of its location, doesn’t get overcrowded. Entrance fee as it’s a protected zone. Snack bar facilities and beds and umbrellas.

Butterfly Valley – Kelebek Vadisi

Butterfly Valley Viewed From The Lycian Way

A view of Butterfly Valley from the Lycian Way

Accessible by taxi boat from Belceğiz and also day trip boats from Ölüdeniz. (It is possible to climb down from the Lycian Way but this is not recommended by us. Akut – mountain rescue – and the jandarma are kept busy enough rescuing people who get stuck here.) Camping and beach bars at Butterfly Valley.

Aktaş Beach

Climb down to here from Faralya. A rocky bay with beach bar, camping and bungalows.

Kabak Bay

Kabak Beach, South West Turkey

Kabak beach and the surrounding mountains

Ahh, you know we love Kabak. Budget camping Kabak bungalows at places like Sultan Camp and Full Moon. A bit more luxury at the lovely Tree Houses and sea level Chakra Beach. Great food and accommodation at the very popular Olive Garden. Chilling out at beach level is just pure joy! Is this the favourite of our Fethiye bays and beaches? Possibly…

Cennet Koyu

A hike from Kabak or take a speed boat.

Around Kayaköy

You’ll need your hiking boots for a couple of these Fethiye beaches and bays.

Gemiler Bay

Gemiler Bay Fethiye Turkey

Calm waters at Gemiler Bay

Drive through Kayaköy and follow the signs to Gemiler. There’s an entrance fee for this beach. Snack bar facilities and beds and umbrellas. We haven’t been here for some time but the water is calm for swimming.

Camel Beach

Accessible by boat and a popular stop off on the daily boat trips from Ölüdeniz.

Coldwater Springs

Coldwater Bay, Fethiye

Coldwater Bay From Above

Coldwater Springs / Coldwater Bay; call it what you will. Beautiful viewed from the Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz hike. You can hike down to the bay from Kayaköy, but you’ll need to come back up again. Again, Coldwater Bay is accessible by boat, too.

Darboğaz 

Popular with the yacht crowd as it’s easily reached by boat. You can hike to Darboğaz, too.

Day Trips To The Beach

As well as Fethiye beaches and bays, the town has lots of beaches in close proximity where, if you wanted to hire a car, you could go further afield for the day. Some of these beaches have other attractions, too.

Heading West From Fethiye

All of these beaches are around one hour’s drive or less.

Sarıgerme Beach

Sarıgerme is a huge stretch of sandy beach, not too far from Dalaman Airport. Very much a package holiday resort but if you’re looking for soft sand, this is a good option.

Sarsala Beach

Sarsala Beach, Dalaman

Idyllic from above – Sarsala

A popular stop for yachts and gülets. This is a beautiful bay, accessed by road. The road is just to the left before you hit Dalaman Airport.

Akkaya Valley (River Beach)

If you want to feel like you’re in the tropics, this little ride up the Dalaman River to the beach area at Akkaya is a must.

Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan

Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey

Beautiful scenery around Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach – also known as Turtle Beach – is a stunning stretch of sand close to the town of Dalyan. Iztuzu is a protected area as it is a major nesting area for sea turtles. As well as sunbathing spots in designated zones, there are snack bars and this is also home to the turtle rehabilitation centre and the wonderful Kaptan June.

Heading East From Fethiye

These beaches are 1-2 hours drive away from Fethiye.

Patara Beach

Patara Beach, South West Turkey

The soft, sandy beach of Patara

A true beach lover’s paradise. Development is strictly regualted here so it’s just you and the sand dunes. There’s a snack bar and beds and, as the area is protected, an entrance fee, too. Take in Patara’s Roman and Lycian ruins before you hit the beach if that’s your thing.

Kalkan Beach

This is the public beach in town. An easy day trip from Fethiye and you can wander around Kalkan, too.

Kaputaş Beach

Kaputaş Beach Near Kaş, Turkey

Climb down the steps to Kaputaş Beach

As you can see from the photo, our stops at Kaputaş are usually in winter when all is a bit more secluded. Popular in summer, you need to park on the road at the top and climb down the steps to get your sunbathing spot.

Big Pebble Beach & Little Pebble Beach, Kaş

Büyük Çakıl Plajı or Big Pebble Beach, Kaş

Big Pebble Beach in Kaş

Big Pebble Beach (Büyük Çakal Plajı) is one of our favourite places in the already very pretty Kaş. A handful of snack bars here. Lots of beds and umbrellas in summer. More chilled in spring and autumn.

Limanağzı

You can take a boat from Kaş harbour to spend a few hours at this bay.




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And there you have it. This is not an exhaustive directory of every single nook and cranny that exists in Fethiye and beyond. Just a list of some of the popular Fethiye beaches and bays (and beyond) that you might want to consider for a day out if you’re in the area.

We’ll be adding links to the relevant articles for each Fethiye beach as and when we write about them. And don’t forget, you can click on the links that are already there above for photos and more detailed articles about the beaches we have already lazed around on or wandered along.

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