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  • the beaches and coasts

    With the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Marmara, and the Black Sea all bordering Türkiye, there is a wealth of coasts and beaches all throughout the country. The beaches on the Black Sea coast tend to be colder and more dramatic, while the Aegean Coast is known for its wind and the Mediterranean for its turquoise water. Türkiye has 476 Blue Flag beaches, the third-highest total in the world. The Blue Flag Beaches can be found in just about every coastal region of Türkiye, though the Antalya city contains 213 of those beaches, while Muğla has another 106. One of the most iconic beaches in the country is at Ölüdeniz, in Fethiye, under the dramatic Babadağ mountain. The long sandy beach leads to a blue lagoon, which is a protected nature preserve. Kaputaş Beach is located near Kaş at the bottom of dramatic limestone cliffs, where 170 stairs take you down to the turquoise water. In Dalyan, İztuzu Beach is a hatching spot for Caretta Caretta turtles, and access to the beach is closed at night to protect them. Because the beach is located between Lake Köyceğiz and the Mediterranean, it’s possible to swim in both saltwater and freshwater. İncekum Beach in Alanya is 2km long and has warm, shallow water. Parasailing, jet skiing, and diving are popular activities at the beach. The pebbly beach at Çırali and Olympos is calm and relaxes, and the ruins of Olympos run right up to the beach. Patara Beach is the longest in Türkiye and hosts the hatching of Caretta Caretta turtles. Access to the beach also allows access to the vast ruined city of Patara, which is just next to the beach.